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4:03 PM - 46 MIN

And we're back!

Changes for both sides at the break. 

Molla Wague replaces Etienne Capoue for the Hornets. For the hosts van der Hoorn and Sam Clucas leave the field, Tammy Abraham and Roque Mesa come on. 

6:10 PM

That's A Wrap!

That's all from us here on Matchday Live, as the Golden Boys secured their third successive home win with a shut-out against the Swans.

 

Don't forget to check our Match Review page later this evening for all the best social reaction, exclusive post-match interviews, a full match report and extended highlights (available tomorrow).

 

And once again, thanks for all your support!

6:00 PM

Instagram Snapshot

 

The all important 40 point mark ?? #WereStillStanding #WatfordFC

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5:50 PM

Fan Reaction

5:30 PM

“I Don't Want My Players To Relax” - Mazzarri

Walter Mazzarri told Sky Sports after full-time: "I congratulate my players today and also the fans, who were excellent.


"We played a good game even though we were a little bit in an emergency with so many defenders unavailable.

 

"Until the maths say so I don't want to say we are safe. I want to get as far as possible and I don't want my players to relax.

 

"I want them to keep playing like every game is a final."

5:20 PM

Thumbs Up From Prödl

Austrian-international and Hornets centre-back Sebastian Prödl spoke to the broadcast media after the final whistle:

 

"We could play better but the three points are all that count. When you are under pressure you put a lot into the game. We defended confidently.

 

"It was not good game for both teams. It kept us alive knowing what we had to do. We knew what it was about.

 

"I want to focus on Mariappa being very good next to me. A lot of crosses but no real clear chances.

 

"Recently we have had some very big wins and no goals conceded. We made a big step today."

5:10 PM

“Three Points Was The Most Important Thing” - Capoue

Goalscorer Etienne Capoue has been speaking to the BBC after today's 1-0 win:

 

"It was a type of final today and we did it. We scored in the first-half, kept the lead and three points was the most important thing.

 

"It's always good to score just before half-time. A clean sheet is very important at home too and the defence did very well.

 

"Hull next week is another final and we have to go there and get three points."

4:50 PM - 90 MIN

FULL-TIME: Watford 1-0 Swansea City

Étienne Capoue's late first-half goal was the difference between the two sides as Watford practically confirmed their top-flight status for next season with a vital three points against relegation-threatened Swansea City.

 

Abdoulaye Doucouré was the centre of a vibrant first-half performance by Watford that looked as though it would not be rewarded before Capoue struck in the 42nd minute.

 

The second-half was a nervy one for the home fans as Swansea seemed to rally after an insipid first 45 minutes from the visitors.

 

Crosses rained into the Watford box but were dealt with in succession by Heurelho Gomes and the Golden Boys at the back.

 

But, with the help of three sets of fresh legs, the Hornets held on to the final whistle, reaching the magical 40-point mark and sending all those in yellow home happy.

 

4:46 PM - 90 MIN

Four Minutes To Be Added

Watford still have as 1-0 lead going into stoppage time. Come on lads!

4:43 PM

Snapshot

The goal that never was - Stefano Okaka's overhead kick was ruled out by the official's flag.

4:43 PM - 88 MIN

Substitution

Watford FC

Cleverley

NO.8

Behrami

NO.11
4:38 PM

Snapshot

José Holebas lets fly in the second-half.

4:36 PM - 81 MIN

Substitution Swansea City

Llorente

NO.9

Ayew

NO.3
4:34 PM - 79 MIN

Okaka Goal Chalked Off

What a goal that would've been! Okaka chests and sends a sublime volley past Fabianski, but the Italian is ruled marginally offside.

 

Close call that.

4:33 PM - 78 MIN

Substitution

Watford FC

Niang

NO.21

Okaka

NO.33
4:21 PM

Snapshot

Daryl Janmaat challenges Gylfi Sigurdsson for possession.

 

4:20 PM - 67 MIN

Substitution Swansea City

Fulton

NO.56

Carroll

NO.42
4:18 PM - 63 MIN

Substitution

Watford FC

Amrabat

NO.7

Kabasele

NO.27
4:13 PM

Snapshot

Abdoulaye Doucouré has been incredible again for the Hornets this afternoon - he's running the game.

4:12 PM - 58 MIN

Substitution Swansea City

Narsingh

NO.28

Borja

NO.10
4:10 PM - 55 MIN

A Stinger From Janmaat!

Janmaat advances and opts to shoot from fully 25 yards. It's a rocket of an effort and Fabianski does well to palm it away.

4:04 PM - 49 MIN

Gylfi Goes Close

Sigurdsson fashions a shooting opportunity from just outside the area. Gomes is at full stretch and the ex-Spurs midfielder's shot goes a whisker wide of the far post.

4:01 PM - 46 MIN

And We're Back!

The second-half gets underway, come on you 'Orns!

3:59 PM

Excellent Support So Far!

3:55 PM

Pure Passion

Étienne Capoue roars as he celebrates scoring the opener just before half-time!

3:46 PM - 45 MIN

HALF-TIME: Watford 1-0 Swansea City

A half of little incident saw both sides press and probe before Étienne Capoue put the hosts ahead in the 42nd minute.

 

The Golden Boys' skipper Troy Deeney had previously had one shot tipped over the bar by Łukasz Fabianski and M'Baye Niang had a direct free-kick find the target, but both sides looked as though they were heading in level before Capoue broke the deadlock.

 

The Frenchman's late strike could be a bitter blow to the Swan's survival hopes, and as it stands pulls Watford up to the magical 40-point mark.

 

3:45 PM - 45 MIN

One Minute To Be Added

...and the Hornets are 1-0 up!

3:43 PM - 42 MIN

I Just Don't Think You Understand

Capoue gets his sixth goal of the season with his second bite of the cherry, lashing in off the post to put the Hornets ahead just minutes before the break.

 

The Frenchman nicks the ball off Mawson, and fires once at goal before snaffling up his own rebound. 1-0 Watford!

3:42 PM - 42 MIN

Goal!

Capoue

Watford FC Watford FC
1 - 0
Swansea City Swansea City
3:33 PM

Snapshot

Troy Deeney's goal-bound effort is superbly tipped over by Łukasz Fabianski.

3:31 PM - 31 MIN

Gomes Denies Ki

Swansea counter-attack with pace and Sigurdsson finds Ki, who cuts inside Janmaat's challenge and fires in low.

 

Gomes first takes the sting out of the shot, and then holds firmly.

3:29 PM

Snapshot

Nordin Amrabat jinks through as he takes on the Swansea defence.

3:26 PM - 26 MIN

Deeney Goes Close!

Fine work from Janmaat who skips past two challenges and crosses for Deeney. The skipper strikes it first-time and Fabianski tips over.

 

Prodl gets to Holebas' corner first but it's deflected behind.

3:22 PM - 23 MIN

Niang Goes Down

Doucouré does well to win the ball back in the centre of the pitch before feeding Niang on the break. The forward then cuts inside before being fouled right on the edge of the area.

 

The winger then steps-up to take the resulting free-kick himself, putting the ball through the wall but straight into the hands of Fabianski.

3:15 PM

Snapshot

Adrian Mariappa clears acrobatically away from the Swans' danger-man Fernando Llorente.

3:12 PM - 13 MIN

Just Over

Sigurdsson sends in a dangerous free-kick from the Swansea right. Gomes comes to punch the ball away but it spins off him and into the path of Fernandez, who can only head over from close range with the angle ever-tightening.

3:10 PM - 9 MIN

Gomes Saves!

Fantastic save from Gomes to deny Sigurdsson. The Brazilian got down well to his left to tip the Icelander's effort behind.

 

Watford clear the corner.

3:02 PM - 2 MIN

Headed Away!

Mawson heads away a dangerous cross from Amrabat after the Moroccan winger had done taken down Doucouré's cross-field ball.

3:00 PM - 1 MIN

We're Underway!

The first-half kicks-off as the Hornets go in search of three points against Swansea City.

2:50 PM

Team Reminder

 

2:40 PM

Snapshot

HORNETS: Gomes (GK); Janmaat, Prödl, Mariappa, Holebas; Cleverley, Doucouré, Capoue; Amrabat, Deeney (c), Niang.

 

Subs: Pantilimon (GK), Kabasele, Mason, Behrami, D Pereira, Success, Okaka.


The players are out on the pitch warming-up and there's just 20 minutes to go until kick-off. Come on you 'Orns!

2:35 PM

Behrami's Back

HORNETS: Gomes (GK); Janmaat, Prödl, Mariappa, Holebas; Cleverley, Doucouré, Capoue; Amrabat, Deeney (c), Niang.

 

Subs: Pantilimon (GK), Kabasele, Mason, Behrami, D Pereira, Success, Okaka.


The Swiss midfield destroyer is all smiles as he returns to the Vic for the first time since coming off with a hamstring injury at half-time against Crystal Palace.

2:30 PM

Mazzarri - “It's What We Do On The Pitch That Will Matter”

HORNETS: Gomes (GK); Janmaat, Prödl, Mariappa, Holebas; Cleverley, Doucouré, Capoue; Amrabat, Deeney (c), Niang.

 

Subs: Pantilimon (GK), Kabasele, Mason, Behrami, D Pereira, Success, Okaka.


Watford Head Coach Walter Mazzarri spoke pre-match to the BBC:

 

"The match is very tough today. In this moment Swansea are a good team.

 

"We will try of course to do what we can. It's what we do on the pitch that will matter.

 

"In the last game we tried to keep the same style like against West Brom as we played well."

2:25 PM

Snapshot

HORNETS: Gomes (GK); Janmaat, Prödl, Mariappa, Holebas; Cleverley, Doucouré, Capoue; Amrabat, Deeney (c), Niang.

 

Subs: Pantilimon (GK), Kabasele, Mason, Behrami, D Pereira, Success, Okaka.


Troy Deeney catches up with (Sir) Nigel Gibbs ahead of kick-off. Changed much round here Gibbo?

2:20 PM

Janmaat Speaks

HORNETS: Gomes (GK); Janmaat, Prödl, Mariappa, Holebas; Cleverley, Doucouré, Capoue; Amrabat, Deeney (c), Niang.

 

Subs: Pantilimon (GK), Kabasele, Mason, Behrami, D Pereira, Success, Okaka.


Watford's Dutch international told the BBC upon his arrival at The Vic ahead of today's game: "Forty points is the main thing for us and getting safe as soon as possible. We can do that today.

 

"Last weekend [against Spurs] was disappointing, the first 30 minutes we did okay but Tottenham are very strong and a good team.

 

"We have to bounce back today. We are expecting a team fighting for their lives today so it will be a hard battle."

 

2:10 PM

Line-up Reaction

HORNETS: Gomes (GK); Janmaat, Prödl, Mariappa, Holebas; Cleverley, Doucouré, Capoue; Amrabat, Deeney (c), Niang.

 

Subs: Pantilimon (GK), Kabasele, Mason, Behrami, D Pereira, Success, Okaka.


2:00 PM

TEAM NEWS

Walter Mazzarri makes three changes to his starting line-up for this afternoon's clash against Swansea.

 

Troy Deeney, Étienne Capoue and Sebastian Prödl all return to the starting eleven as Stefano Okaka and Isaac Success are named on the bench, and Craig Cathcart misses out through a knee injury.

 

Valon Behrami makes a welcome return to the matchday squad and young Hornets Dion Pereira and Brandon Mason are named as substitutes.

 

The Swans are without captain Jack Cork due to an ankle injury so Gylfi Sigurdsson takes the armband in his place.

 

Watford-born Tom Carroll and winger Wayne Routledge drop to the bench after the visitors' defeat to West Ham last Saturday.

 

Paul Clement will be very happy to see Fernando Llorente return to the starting eleven after injury as the South Wales side search for the goals to get them out of the relegation zone.

 

HORNETS: Gomes (GK); Janmaat, Prödl, Mariappa, Holebas; Cleverley, Doucouré, Capoue; Amrabat, Deeney (c), Niang.

 

Subs: Pantilimon (GK), Kabasele, Mason, Behrami, D Pereira, Success, Okaka.

 

SWANS: Fabianski (GK); Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson; Narsingh, Fulton, Fer, Ki, Sigurdsson (c); Llorente.

 

Subs: Nordfeldt (GK), Kingsley, Van der Hoorn, Carroll, Routledge, Ayew, Borja.

1:50 PM

10 minute warning!

Team news coming your way at 2pm, come on you 'Orns!

1:40 PM

ICYMI: Opposition Focus | Swansea

Get the lowdown on today's opponents from Andrew Gwilym, the Swansea City reporter for Wales Online and the South Wales Evening Post.

1:30 PM

Snapshot

A bit of light reading on a sunny afternoon...

 

1:20 PM

ICYMI: “Competition Brings Maximum Performance” - Mazzarri

Walter Mazzarri spoke about the importance of competition within the squad as we head into the final five weeks of the season.

 

1:10 PM

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1:00 PM

March for Men

Watford are proud to support Prostate Cancer UK this afternoon as we host Swansea City.

 

Prostate Cancer UK are calling on Watford fans to help put their best foot forward and March for Men.

 

The leading men’s health charity’s bid to beat prostate cancer will see a series of epic mass participation walks unveiled across the UK in June and beyond.

 

The London March is set to take place over Father’s Day weekend on Saturday June 17 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London.

 

And please keep an eye out for Kevin Dealey, who will be asking for donations around Vicarage Road.

12:30 PM

Don't forget...

...you can pick up your copy of The Hornet from one of our official matchday programme sellers around Vicarage Road.

 

Todays's edition includes:

- An in-depth interview with 250-man Adrian Mariappa.

- Troy Deeney gives you his thoughts ahead of the game in his captain's notes.

- Watford fan Kevin Dealey talks about taking on the London Marathon in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

- Club photographer Alan Cozzi remembers a Tamas Priskin goal against today's visitors in Cozzi's Classic.

- Find out who is the toughest midfielder Etienne Capoue has faced in In The Hat.

- and amongst other things, Ian Bolton remembers his playing days in our Defining Moments feature.

12:15 PM

Federico on Walter

Federico Fernandez could line-up against his former manager this afternoon, and while he won't be doing his old boss any favours, the Swans' defender had only good things to say about Watford's Head Coach Walter Mazzarri:

 

"I played for a year and a half under him at Napoli. He signed me and gave me my opportunity in Europe, and I will also be thankful to him for that.

 

"He is a manager who likes to be organised and makes sure the team’s shape is solid. I realised that very quickly under him.

 

"It hasn’t surprised me to see Watford doing so well under Mazzarri. It is his first year and despite people making a lot of the fact he doesn’t speak English, I think he has done a fantastic job."

 

12:00 PM

Snapshot

Nordin Amrabat lashes one in during training earlier this week.

11:45 AM

The Fan View

 

11:30 AM

ICYMI: Mazzarri on Swansea City

Watford Head Coach Walter Mazzarri discusses Swansea City, Premier League survival and what will make a successful campaign.  

11:20 AM

Motty's View

Today's commentator for BBC Match of the Day is John Motson, here's what he had to say about this afternoon's game:

 

"For Swansea, the situation is grim. Their honeymoon period under Paul Clement has subsided after an initial bounce. They haven't won in five games and I saw nothing in their defeat at West Ham last weekend which suggested they can turn it around.

 

"The teams' respective number nines, both missing from their last starting line-ups, could be decisive.

 

"Troy Deeney was left out against Spurs but, with four goals in his last four home games, should return to lead Watford's line. Swansea need goals and will hope a fit-again Fernando Llorente can provide them."

11:10 AM

Bring your scarf...

...no half and half ones though please!

 

If you are heading to the Vic this afternoon the 1881 movement are asking for everyone in the home ends to bring a Watford scarf to the game if they can.

11:00 AM

Then And Now

One man that definitely won't be involved today is Swansea captain and former Golden Boys loanee Jack Cork, who picked up an ankle injury in the Swans defeat against West Ham last week.

 

The midfield man made 21 appearances in all competitions for Watford, scoring one goal in the FA Cup in a 4-3 win over Crystal Palace, just over eight years ago.

10:50 AM

Cheeky Chip

 

10:40 AM

Flashback

Today's visitors are Swansea City. The Jacks have lost their last five away games, but have improved since the arrival of Paul Clement in January.

 

The Hornets got their first win of the season in this fixture last year, with a single goal from Odion Ighalo the difference between the two sides. You can relive all the action from that game here.

10:30 AM

Welcome back to the Vic!

After being treated to three games in eight days, it's been a long week waiting to return to action at Vicarage Road.

 

Stay with us here on Matchday Live as we take you through all the build-up to the game, with pre-match comments from players and staff and all the best of social media before we get to the game itself.

 

Commentary will be available from around 2:15pm via the 'Listen Live' function at the top of the page, just hit refresh on your browser if you can't see the link.