Swans Host Hornets in Key Promotion Pointer

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Swansea take on Watford among the Championship highlights on Saturday, as the two promotion hopefuls lock horns.

Steve Cooper

There are nine fixtures in the Championship on Saturday and Swansea will be looking to return to winning ways when they host Watford.

The Swans were held to a 0-0 draw by Reading at home last time out despite dominating, while Watford overcame league leaders Norwich 1-0 in their last match.

Home Comforts Key for Swansea

The Hornets may have managed to down the table-toppers in their last fixture but that success came at Vicarage Road. Watford have struggled on their travels, managing just one win in their last seven away games, and Swansea can add to their away-day blues on Saturday.

The Liberty Stadium club are unbeaten at home since October and have picked up 18 points from the last 24 available. Swansea have been particularly strong at the back on home soil and have conceded just once in their last eight games.

Swansea are 8/5 to win and a home win to zero is on offer at 14/5.

Resurgent North End Can Burst Forest’s Bubble

Preston North End have managed three wins in a row since a pair of disappointing losses against Barnsley and Luton. The Lancashire club come up against a Nottingham Forest outfit who are unbeaten in four games on Saturday but home advantage may just swing this one in Preston’s favour.

Forest may be unbeaten in four but they have only managed one win during that run, and only one of those games came against a side currently in the Championship’s top 10.

Preston struggled to pick up points at Deepdale at the start of the season and had to wait until November for their first win. Alex Neil’s men have hit some form now and have won their last three home games, and at 17/10 they look good value to make it four in a row when they entertain Forest on Saturday.

Cherries Can Bounce Back from Bees Defeat

Bournemouth travel to Stoke in the late fixture on Saturday and they will be looking for a response after a 2-1 defeat at promotion rivals Brentford last time out.

The Cherries took an early lead at the Brentford Community Stadium but left empty-handed, and they will be eager to get back to winning ways to get their automatic promotion bid back on track.

Stoke are well placed for a play-off challenge as they sit seventh but their form has tailed off in recent weeks and they have just one win in their last seven games across all competitions.

Home form has been key for the Potters but they have failed to deliver in their tougher assignments, having lost to Norwich in November before an EFL Cup defeat to a weakened Spurs side in December.

Bournemouth are 21/20 to win at Stoke and Dominic Solanke, who has three goals in his last four games, is 17/10 to score at anytime.

*All odds correct at time of writing

A sports journalist for over 15 years, Aidan has been part of written and audio coverage on a wide-ranging number of events. Having played and coached at amateur level, he offers in-depth insight and opinion into the world of football in particular.

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