Arsenal V West Brom at Emirates Stadium : Match Preview

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil back in contention for West Brom visit after knee injury
Mesut Ozil is in contention to return to the Arsenal team for Monday's Premier League clash with West Brom.
The Germany midfielder has been struggling with a knee injury but is now back in training, while Theo Walcott should be fit despite being forced off with a knock in the midweek Carabao Cup win over Doncaster.
Danny Welbeck (groin), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are missing, as is Calum Chambers who has suffered a recurrence of a recent hip problem.
Arsenal are set to come up against former Gunner Kieran Gibbs following the full-back's transfer to West Brom on the penultimate day of the transfer window.
And Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits selling the 27-year-old felt like losing a member of his own family.
“I believe that for (players that leave) it must be difficult to make that step as well,” he said.
“He did not ask to leave, it was a mutual decision. He want..

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil back in contention for West Brom visit after knee injury
Mesut Ozil is in contention to return to the Arsenal team for Monday's Premier League clash with West Brom.
The Germany midfielder has been struggling with a knee injury but is now back in training, while Theo Walcott should be fit despite being forced off with a knock in the midweek Carabao Cup win over Doncaster.
Danny Welbeck (groin), Francis Coquelin (hamstring) and Santi Cazorla (ankle) are missing, as is Calum Chambers who has suffered a recurrence of a recent hip problem.
Arsenal are set to come up against former Gunner Kieran Gibbs following the full-back's transfer to West Brom on the penultimate day of the transfer window.
And Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits selling the 27-year-old felt like losing a member of his own family.
"I believe that for (players that leave) it must be difficult to make that step as well," he said.
"He did not ask to leave, it was a mutual decision. He wanted to play – he's 27, or 28. You want to play at that age.
"It was a difficult decision but on the other hand when a guy has given you so many years you have to accept that if he is not sure to play.
"It is a fact that we have got (Sead) Kolasinac, you cannot keep three left-backs (along with Nacho Monreal)."
West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry is expected to break the Premier League appearance record at the Emirates Stadium.
The 36-year-old, who made his professional debut for Aston Villa in 1998, will play in his 633rd top-flight game and break Ryan Giggs' record if he features on Monday night.
But Barry still has no plans for retirement and sees himself playing on for longer until he's 40.
"It's definitely a possibility. I was 32 when I signed for Everton and (the manager) Roberto Martinez said, 'You're style of game – you can play until you're 40'," he said.
"I'm sitting there laughing at him, but he was deadly serious, and I still laughed. It's still going to be tough, but for a manager to tell me that four to five years ago is a good compliment, which was nice to hear.
"I'm immensely proud to get there. Whether it will stay around for long I don't know."
West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt (calf) will be assessed along with Nacer Chadli (thigh) and Oliver Burke (hamstring) while it remains to be seen if Jake Livermore will return to the squad after being given a break by boss Tony Pulis.

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Barnet 1-2 Crawley Town – 23-Sep-2017 : Match Report

Fresh injury setback for Barnet striker John Akinde
John Akinde will be absent for Barnet's Sky Bet League Two game at home to Crawley after suffering another injury setback.
The striker, who missed the Bees' opening six league matches of the season due to a knee issue, is expected to be sidelined for around six weeks after sustaining a hamstring problem at Carlisle last weekend.
Defender Andre Blackman is available again following the completion of a three-game ban.
Forward Dave Tarpey and left-back Elliott Johnson (both knee) are long-term absentees.
Striker Thomas Verheydt is Crawley's only injury concern for the trip to The Hive.
The Dutchman, who has not played since the end of last month, remains sidelined with a knee injury.
Boss Harry Kewell may opt to change his starting XI following a three-game winless run.
Midfielders Jordan Roberts and Moussa Sanoh and forward Panutche Camara are among the players pushing for starting spots. Source: PA
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Fresh injury setback for Barnet striker John Akinde
John Akinde will be absent for Barnet's Sky Bet League Two game at home to Crawley after suffering another injury setback.
The striker, who missed the Bees' opening six league matches of the season due to a knee issue, is expected to be sidelined for around six weeks after sustaining a hamstring problem at Carlisle last weekend.
Defender Andre Blackman is available again following the completion of a three-game ban.
Forward Dave Tarpey and left-back Elliott Johnson (both knee) are long-term absentees.
Striker Thomas Verheydt is Crawley's only injury concern for the trip to The Hive.
The Dutchman, who has not played since the end of last month, remains sidelined with a knee injury.
Boss Harry Kewell may opt to change his starting XI following a three-game winless run.
Midfielders Jordan Roberts and Moussa Sanoh and forward Panutche Camara are among the players pushing for starting spots.

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Stoke 0-4 Chelsea – 23-Sep-2017 : Match Report

Morata hits hat-trick in win as Chelsea shrug off Costa saga
Chelsea continued to show there is life after Diego Costa with another Premier League victory at Stoke, with Alvaro Morata scoring a hat-trick in a 4-0 win.
Morata, the club-record signing bought to replace Costa, was on the scoresheet again early on before Pedro extended the lead on the half-hour mark.
Both goals came from defensive mistakes by Stoke, whose manager Mark Hughes had demanded a response from his players following the disappointing midweek defeat at Bristol City in the Carabao Cup. He did not get it, with Morata rounding off the win in the final quarter-hour.
The game was just over a minute old when Cesar Azpilicueta's long ball forward dissected Stoke's makeshift back line and allowed the lethal Morata to take a touch and finish calmly past Jack Butland.
With Kurt Zouma, on loan from Chelsea, ineligible against his parent club and Ryan Shawcross, Geoff Cameron and Kevin Wimmer all out injured, Glen J..

Morata hits hat-trick in win as Chelsea shrug off Costa saga
Chelsea continued to show there is life after Diego Costa with another Premier League victory at Stoke, with Alvaro Morata scoring a hat-trick in a 4-0 win.
Morata, the club-record signing bought to replace Costa, was on the scoresheet again early on before Pedro extended the lead on the half-hour mark.
Both goals came from defensive mistakes by Stoke, whose manager Mark Hughes had demanded a response from his players following the disappointing midweek defeat at Bristol City in the Carabao Cup. He did not get it, with Morata rounding off the win in the final quarter-hour.
The game was just over a minute old when Cesar Azpilicueta's long ball forward dissected Stoke's makeshift back line and allowed the lethal Morata to take a touch and finish calmly past Jack Butland.
With Kurt Zouma, on loan from Chelsea, ineligible against his parent club and Ryan Shawcross, Geoff Cameron and Kevin Wimmer all out injured, Glen Johnson, making his first Premier League start of the season, and Erik Peters played either side of Bruno Martins Indi in Stoke's central defensive three and Chelsea capitalised on the unfamiliarity immediately.
It was Morata's fourth league goal since joining the club in the summer from Real Madrid with the impending departure of Costa in mind.
Relations between Costa and Chelsea manager Antonio Conte began to deteriorate in January when the striker reportedly had his head turned by a big-money offer from the Chinese Super League, which soon evaporated.
It was further strained over the summer with the player – having initially been granted an additional summer break after being told he could leave the club – ending up in exile in Brazil.
But on Thursday a deal was agreed for Costa to return to his former club Atletico Madrid and that move should be finalised next week.
Morata has so far proved to be an able successor and only a timely interception from Martins Indi denied him the chance of a second goal.
Chelsea's second goal arrived after 30 minutes and it came from another mistake. Darren Fletcher attempted to chest the ball down to Martins Indi but got the weight wrong, allowing Pedro through on goal to score with a lovely finish from the edge of the penalty area.
That was hard on Stoke, who had the champions on the back foot for much of the first half without really troubling goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and arguably enjoyed the better of the second half up until Morata's late double.
Mame Diouf went close for the hosts with an acrobatic effort just before half-time while on the other side of the break the same player slid another shot narrowly wide following a knockdown from substitute Peter Crouch. Courtois then kept out a header from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting with 74 minutes on the clock.
Most inside the bet365 Stadium could sense a goal coming, but it was a surprise when Chelsea scored it three minutes later as Morata accelerated past Johnson and Fletcher before clipping the ball beyond Butland.
He completed his hat-trick in the 82nd minute when Azpilicueta and Cesc Fabregas combined to lay on a tap-in and seal a fourth win in five Premier League matches for Conte's team.

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Oxford Utd 1-2 Walsall – 23-Sep-2017 : Match Report

Erhun Oztumer inspires Walsall to victory against Oxford
Walsall sharpshooter Erhun Oztumer helped inspire the Saddlers to their first away win in the league since Boxing Day as they beat Oxford United 2-1 at the Kassam Stadium.
Oztumer put the Saddlers ahead in the 32nd minute when he turned in Joe Edwards' left-wing cross from barely three yards out at the far post, for his fifth goal of the season.
Oztumer should have had a second nine minutes later when he was through on goal, only for Simon Eastwood to brilliantly deflect his shot for a corner.
The Saddlers dominated the first half, with Kieron Morris, Zeli Ismail and former U's forward Tyler Roberts all forcing Eastwood into saves.
Oztumer then provided the pass for Walsall to double their lead on 53 minutes as Tyler Roberts turned to shoot past Eastwood from 14 yards.
Oxford, who went close when Gino van Kessel stabbed a shot against the post, pulled one back in the 78th minute when Ryan Ledson converted from the penal..

Erhun Oztumer inspires Walsall to victory against Oxford
Walsall sharpshooter Erhun Oztumer helped inspire the Saddlers to their first away win in the league since Boxing Day as they beat Oxford United 2-1 at the Kassam Stadium.
Oztumer put the Saddlers ahead in the 32nd minute when he turned in Joe Edwards' left-wing cross from barely three yards out at the far post, for his fifth goal of the season.
Oztumer should have had a second nine minutes later when he was through on goal, only for Simon Eastwood to brilliantly deflect his shot for a corner.
The Saddlers dominated the first half, with Kieron Morris, Zeli Ismail and former U's forward Tyler Roberts all forcing Eastwood into saves.
Oztumer then provided the pass for Walsall to double their lead on 53 minutes as Tyler Roberts turned to shoot past Eastwood from 14 yards.
Oxford, who went close when Gino van Kessel stabbed a shot against the post, pulled one back in the 78th minute when Ryan Ledson converted from the penalty spot after Luke Leahy brought down Rob Hall, Ledson sending Mark Gillespie the wrong way.

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Man City 5-0 Crystal Palace – 23-Sep-2017 : Match Report

Sergio Aguero moves closer to record in Manchester City's rout of Crystal Palace
Sergio Aguero moved within a goal of Manchester City's all-time record as Pep Guardiola's men thrashed bottom side Crystal Palace 5-0 in the Premier League.
Aguero headed a Leroy Sane cross through the grasp of Wayne Hennessey for his 176th goal in City colours during the second half of another commanding display at the Etihad Stadium.
The prolific Argentinian now needs just one more goal to equal the record tally of Eric Brook, which has stood since 1939.
Leaders City were already well on the way to victory when Aguero struck their fourth in the 79th minute after an opener from Leroy Sane and quickfire double from Raheem Sterling. Substitute Fabian Delph added a superb late fifth.
For Palace the misery continues, although they showed signs of looking more organised under the guidance of former England boss Roy Hodgson.
The Londoners have failed to win in six games without scoring – the long..

Sergio Aguero moves closer to record in Manchester City's rout of Crystal Palace
Sergio Aguero moved within a goal of Manchester City's all-time record as Pep Guardiola's men thrashed bottom side Crystal Palace 5-0 in the Premier League.
Aguero headed a Leroy Sane cross through the grasp of Wayne Hennessey for his 176th goal in City colours during the second half of another commanding display at the Etihad Stadium.
The prolific Argentinian now needs just one more goal to equal the record tally of Eric Brook, which has stood since 1939.
Leaders City were already well on the way to victory when Aguero struck their fourth in the 79th minute after an opener from Leroy Sane and quickfire double from Raheem Sterling. Substitute Fabian Delph added a superb late fifth.
For Palace the misery continues, although they showed signs of looking more organised under the guidance of former England boss Roy Hodgson.
The Londoners have failed to win in six games without scoring – the longest wait for a first goal of the season in top-flight history.
They did trouble the hosts at times in the first half but the result never looked in doubt after Sane's 44th-minute breakthrough.
Such are City's attacking options that Gabriel Jesus was left on the bench with Aguero up front alone, with Sane and Sterling in support.
They immediately went onto the front foot and Palace survived an early scare as Mamadou Sakho headed a Kevin De Bruyne onto his own post.
Sane fired a low shot across goal and Benjamin Mendy had an effort deflected wide as City maintained the pressure. Nicolas Otamendi then had an effort blocked and Fernandinho's follow-up was parried by Hennessey before Sterling also shot at the Palace goalkeeper.
Throughout this initial dominance from the home side, Palace remained unflustered and started to grow into the game.
Counter-attacking opportunities arose and Ruben Loftus-Cheek twice went close as he had a shot deflected onto the post and then miskicked in front of goal.
City suffered a blow when Mendy was forced off after injuring his knee in a challenge on Andros Townsend, for which he was also booked.
City stepped up the tempo before the interval with Aguero sidefooting over from a Sane cross before the German himself opened the scoring.
It came from a slick move in which Sane combined well with David Silva and raced onto the Spaniard's lobbed return pass. Sane flicked the ball over Scott Dann's head with his first touch and then calmly slid it past Hennessey with his second.
That made for a second half stroll for City. Sparking a flurry of activity, Sterling doubled the lead after 51 minutes as he raced into the middle to turn home a low Sane cross.
Sterling's second came just eight minutes later as he diverted home an Aguero pull-back from close range.
Sane had a shot saved by Hennessey but Aguero, denied earlier by Hennessey's feet, got in on the act with a powerful header late on.
There was still time for more and Delph, making his first league appearance since April, curled a fine shot into the top corner in the 89th minute.

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Scunthorpe 2-0 Portsmouth – 23-Sep-2017 : Match Report

Scunthorpe ease to victory against Portsmouth
First-half goals from Lee Novak and Duane Holmes earned Scunthorpe a comfortable 2-0 victory over Portsmouth.
After a bright start the Iron, and Novak, had already been denied by the woodwork when the former Charlton striker stroked a 12th minute shot into the far corner after being teed up nicely by Jordan Clarke.
Pompey should have levelled after half an hour but giant striker Oliver Hawkins headed wide from an inviting ball into the middle by Jamal Lowe.
It was a miss the visitors were made to pay for three minutes later, when Holmes reacted quickest to a high ball on the edge of edge by bouncing home a volley.
From that point on the Iron more or less went through the motions, staying solid and allowing Portsmouth plenty of possession outside of their penalty area.
A couple of long-range efforts, each of which was off target, was the closest the visitors came to a consolation, as Scunthorpe eased to victory and a fifth clean sheet in six..

Scunthorpe ease to victory against Portsmouth
First-half goals from Lee Novak and Duane Holmes earned Scunthorpe a comfortable 2-0 victory over Portsmouth.
After a bright start the Iron, and Novak, had already been denied by the woodwork when the former Charlton striker stroked a 12th minute shot into the far corner after being teed up nicely by Jordan Clarke.
Pompey should have levelled after half an hour but giant striker Oliver Hawkins headed wide from an inviting ball into the middle by Jamal Lowe.
It was a miss the visitors were made to pay for three minutes later, when Holmes reacted quickest to a high ball on the edge of edge by bouncing home a volley.
From that point on the Iron more or less went through the motions, staying solid and allowing Portsmouth plenty of possession outside of their penalty area.
A couple of long-range efforts, each of which was off target, was the closest the visitors came to a consolation, as Scunthorpe eased to victory and a fifth clean sheet in six league matches.

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Leeds 3-2 Ipswich – 23-Sep-2017 : Match Report

Leeds stay top after win over Ipswich at Elland Road
Pablo Hernandez scored direct from a corner as Leeds survived a major scare to beat Ipswich 3-2 and maintain their position at the top of the Sky Bet Championship.
The Spaniard profited from a horrendous goalkeeping error from Bartosz Bialkowski, who pushed his drilled set-piece into his own net, to give the Whites breathing space after Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Kalvin Phillips had netted either side of David McGoldrick's equaliser.
Joe Garner pulled a goal back for resilient Ipswich soon after Bialkowski's gaffe but Leeds held on at a sold-out Elland Road to ensure they bounced back from last Saturday's league defeat at Millwall.
Similar to the performance against Birmingham in their last home outing, Leeds were forced to dig deep to stay unbeaten in front of their fans.
Lasogga looked in the mood from the off and, after hitting a 25-yard free-kick against the wall, he soon fired Leeds ahead in the 13th minute.
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Leeds stay top after win over Ipswich at Elland Road
Pablo Hernandez scored direct from a corner as Leeds survived a major scare to beat Ipswich 3-2 and maintain their position at the top of the Sky Bet Championship.
The Spaniard profited from a horrendous goalkeeping error from Bartosz Bialkowski, who pushed his drilled set-piece into his own net, to give the Whites breathing space after Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Kalvin Phillips had netted either side of David McGoldrick's equaliser.
Joe Garner pulled a goal back for resilient Ipswich soon after Bialkowski's gaffe but Leeds held on at a sold-out Elland Road to ensure they bounced back from last Saturday's league defeat at Millwall.
Similar to the performance against Birmingham in their last home outing, Leeds were forced to dig deep to stay unbeaten in front of their fans.
Lasogga looked in the mood from the off and, after hitting a 25-yard free-kick against the wall, he soon fired Leeds ahead in the 13th minute.
Conor Shaughnessy, who signed a four-year deal at the club earlier this week, put it on a plate for the German striker, catching out the Ipswich defence with a sensational through ball, and Lasogga sent a low shot into the bottom corner.
But the hosts became too wasteful in possession following the opener and Ipswich made them pay in the 29th minute when McGoldrick equalised.
The striker, unmarked in the six-yard box, headed in Grant Ward's free-kick after fit-again defender Liam Cooper was penalised for a push on Garner.
Yet Leeds were back in front within two minutes through Phillips, who latched onto a Samuel Saiz lay-off and rounded Bialkowski before slotting home.
Saiz wasted a glorious opportunity to fire Leeds further ahead, taking too many touches and then shooting at an Ipswich defender after Hernandez's backheel had located him free inside the box.
Ipswich caused Leeds, without defensive lynchpin Pontus Jansson due to a hamstring injury, problems from set-pieces as the half wore on and Vernon Anita had to be alert to clear Garner's header off the line in the 45th minute.
Leeds were again sloppy at the start of the second half and only a fine save from Felix Wiedwald denied McGoldrick, Ipswich's most dangerous player, from equalising for a second time.
Leeds went 3-1 ahead in bizarre fashion in the 67th minute as Hernandez's drilled corner was somehow diverted over the line by an unchallenged Bialkowski.
But back came Ipswich and Dominic Iorfa's cross was pushed into the box by Wiedwald and into the path of Garner, who tapped in.
Town applied the pressure late on in search for an equaliser, although Saiz almost added a fourth at the death.

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Burnley 0-0 Huddersfield – 23-Sep-2017 : Match Report

Dull day at Turf Moor as Burnley and Huddersfield share the points
Burnley and Huddersfield ground out a dreary stalemate at Turf Moor, but a point apiece kept both sides comfortably ahead of gloomy pre-season predictions.
The resulted appeared to hinge on whether or not the home side's B#15million striker Chris Wood could find a finish from a selection of half-chances but he was ultimately shackled by the Terriers' exemplary centre-half Christopher Schindler.
It was, then, a triumph for the organisation and reliability that has taken two unfashionable clubs into the top half of the top flight, though the first top-flight meeting of these sides since 1971 is not an occasion many will revisit.
The first half was a largely clumsy affair, certainly in an attacking sense, as heavy touches, mis-hit passes and inherent conservatism dominated proceedings.
Schindler was an obvious standout, throwing his body at a couple of shots to spare Jonas Lossl the hassle, oozing authority and n..

Dull day at Turf Moor as Burnley and Huddersfield share the points
Burnley and Huddersfield ground out a dreary stalemate at Turf Moor, but a point apiece kept both sides comfortably ahead of gloomy pre-season predictions.
The resulted appeared to hinge on whether or not the home side's B#15million striker Chris Wood could find a finish from a selection of half-chances but he was ultimately shackled by the Terriers' exemplary centre-half Christopher Schindler.
It was, then, a triumph for the organisation and reliability that has taken two unfashionable clubs into the top half of the top flight, though the first top-flight meeting of these sides since 1971 is not an occasion many will revisit.
The first half was a largely clumsy affair, certainly in an attacking sense, as heavy touches, mis-hit passes and inherent conservatism dominated proceedings.
Schindler was an obvious standout, throwing his body at a couple of shots to spare Jonas Lossl the hassle, oozing authority and nipping in front of Wood to intercept Stephen Ward's ball and snuff out a rare goalscoring chance.
When Wood did manage to break free of Schindler's shackles to meet a Ward cross in the 23rd minute, a neat move involving Jack Cork and Scott Arfield, he glanced wide.
There were more fouls than genuinely incisive moments, most of which qualified as sloppy rather than tetchy, but Cork might have been flirting with a red card, rather than the resulting yellow, when he went over the ball and into Abdelhamid Sabiri.
Huddersfield's only real attempt prior to the break saw Elias Kachunga spray high and wide from 25 yards but they bettered that within three minutes of the restart.
Cork was robbed in midfield, with Tom Ince racing from the halfway line and dribbling away from three Claret shirts before laying off to Laurent Depoitre in the box.
His shot was beaten back into the six-yard box by Nick Pope, with Ben Mee on hand to sweep up under pressure.
Burnley continued to attack most effectively down the left, Ward reaching the byline and picking out Wood at the near post. The New Zealander managed to negotiate a tricky angle and the attentions of Schindler to get a shot away but it was too soft to threaten Lossl.
Huddersfield found some semblance of order in the final third as the minutes passed, Ince lashing just wide from 20 yards and substitute Rajiv van La Parra also missing by a fine margin as he dragged one across Pope.
But the Dutchman was also guilty of some sharp practice when he tumbled to the floor in search of a penalty against Matt Lowton, who did not make contact.
Referee Christopher Kavanagh was not fooled and instead cautioned Van La Parra.
Wood managed one more shot at goal, his first from outside the area, but Lossl scooped the ball safely to preserve his fourth clean sheet of the campaign.

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Swansea 1-2 Watford – 23-Sep-2017 : Match Report

Sting in the tail for Swansea as Richarlison strikes at the death for Hornets
Richarlison struck a late winner as Watford's 2-1 victory gave them a first league success at Swansea since 1983.
Luther Blissett and John Barnes were the scorers when Watford last won on Swansea soil.
But Andre Gray and the Brazilian Richarlison were the Hornets' heroes this time after substitute Tammy Abraham appeared to have given Swansea a share of the spoils.
Abraham finished from close range after 56 minutes to cancel out Gray's first Watford goal, but Richarlison brushed aside Alfie Mawson's timid challenge in the final minute to finish off the underside of the crossbar.
Swansea had not managed an on-target attempt in three of their five league games and had not scored at the Liberty Stadium this season.
Those obvious problems in front of goal were reflected in the first half, despite the re-signed Wilfried Bony starting a Premier League game for Swansea for the first time since Dec..

Sting in the tail for Swansea as Richarlison strikes at the death for Hornets
Richarlison struck a late winner as Watford's 2-1 victory gave them a first league success at Swansea since 1983.
Luther Blissett and John Barnes were the scorers when Watford last won on Swansea soil.
But Andre Gray and the Brazilian Richarlison were the Hornets' heroes this time after substitute Tammy Abraham appeared to have given Swansea a share of the spoils.
Abraham finished from close range after 56 minutes to cancel out Gray's first Watford goal, but Richarlison brushed aside Alfie Mawson's timid challenge in the final minute to finish off the underside of the crossbar.
Swansea had not managed an on-target attempt in three of their five league games and had not scored at the Liberty Stadium this season.
Those obvious problems in front of goal were reflected in the first half, despite the re-signed Wilfried Bony starting a Premier League game for Swansea for the first time since December 2014.
Watford were the better side in the opening period and should have been ahead before Gray produced the first dividend since leaving Burnley last month in a deal believed to be worth up to B#18.5million.
Andre Carrillo sent Kiko Femenia scampering away and the right-back pulled back a cross for Gray, but Mike van der Hoorn deflected wide.
Gray, though, did not have wait long to find the net on a ground where he scored twice for Burnley last season.
Carrillo, picking up the ball near the halfway line, burst past a couple of Swansea defenders and crossed from the right.
Sam Clucas tried to cut out the cross, but his sliding intervention only diverted the ball into the path of the lurking Gray who smashed home.
The ever-dangerous Carrillo soon broke past some half-hearted challenges before Van der Hoorn headed out his cross to Femenia.
Lukasz Fabianski should have held Femenia's volley and the Swansea goalkeeper was saved by a flagging assistant referee after Richarlison had turned the rebound Carrillo's way.
Gray almost cashed in on Mawson's dreadful attempt at a back pass, but Swansea finally mustered a moment of danger when Bony failed to convert Tom Carroll's free-kick from close range.
But Swansea boss Paul Clement had seen enough and he changed both personnel and formation at half-time.
Swansea abandoned their policy of playing three centre-backs and went with a flat back four as Roque Mesa and Abraham entered the fray to provide extra craft and power.
Abraham's impact was instantly felt as he headed over a Carroll corner before the on-loan Chelsea youngster claimed his third goal in eight appearances.
Jordan Ayew cleverly fed the ball into the box over his shoulder where Abraham missed his kick and Bony needed two attempts to stab the ball goalwards.
But Gomes failed to hold Bony's second effort and Abraham, following up as the Watford defence stood still, dispatched the loose ball into the net.
Swansea searched for the winner after that and had the majority of the play, but Richarlison's sucker punch inflicted a third straight home defeat on Clement's men.

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Coventry 2-0 Exeter – 23-Sep-2017 : Match Report

Coventry halt Exeter's winning run
Coventry ended Exeter's unbeaten record with a 2-0 win at the Ricoh Arena.
Troy Brown's own goal just before the hour mark and a last-gasp Dion Kelly-Evans strike sealed the win for the Sky Blues.
The table-topping Grecians went into this contest unbeaten, with seven wins from their first eight outings.
But despite that, it was Coventry who started the brightest and Peter Vincenti fashioned their first effort on goal after 15 minutes when he flashed a shot just wide.
Coventry's best chance of the half came right before the interval when Duckens Nazon unleashed a shot that went just wide.
Coventry went in front thanks to an unlikely source on 58 minutes.
Jones whipped in a cross and it took a touch off Troy Brown and sailed into the Exeter goal.
Reuben Reid was then through on goal late on but drew a terrific save from Lee Burge.
And Coventry made sure of the win in added time when Kelly-Evans charged onto Jones' ball and fired..

Coventry halt Exeter's winning run
Coventry ended Exeter's unbeaten record with a 2-0 win at the Ricoh Arena.
Troy Brown's own goal just before the hour mark and a last-gasp Dion Kelly-Evans strike sealed the win for the Sky Blues.
The table-topping Grecians went into this contest unbeaten, with seven wins from their first eight outings.
But despite that, it was Coventry who started the brightest and Peter Vincenti fashioned their first effort on goal after 15 minutes when he flashed a shot just wide.
Coventry's best chance of the half came right before the interval when Duckens Nazon unleashed a shot that went just wide.
Coventry went in front thanks to an unlikely source on 58 minutes.
Jones whipped in a cross and it took a touch off Troy Brown and sailed into the Exeter goal.
Reuben Reid was then through on goal late on but drew a terrific save from Lee Burge.
And Coventry made sure of the win in added time when Kelly-Evans charged onto Jones' ball and fired home to end Exeter's run.

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