Leeds United v Swansea City Match Preview
Swansea City head to Leeds United hoping to put a dent in their hopes for automatic promotion. Leeds were runaway leaders in the Championship at one point, but have fallen off slightly since the New Year, not to mention the allegations of Marcelo Bielsa spying on rival’s training sessions. Swansea on the other hand, have enjoyed some of their best form of the season in 2019, only losing once in all competitions. This will be their toughest match yet, but their 2-2 draw earlier in the season will give Swansea some confidence.
Leeds United Championship Form
Last Time Out In The Championship
A trademark late goal from Marcelo Bielsa’s side saved them from a defeat away at Middlesbrough. Both sides had opportunities in the first half but it was Middlesbrough who were the dominant side. Just after the break, Middlesbrough’s attacking persistence paid off when George Friend’s cut back found Lewis Wing on the edge of the area. Wing took a touch and calmly finished past Kiko Casilla into the bottom corner. Leeds’ mentality instantly changed and they attacked until the final whistle. Patrick Bamford had the perfect opportunity to score against his old club, but shot wide when presented with an open goal. Middlesbrough’s defence finally cracked under the pressure in a 101st minute corner, with Kelvin Phillips having the final touch past Darren Randolph. Leeds’ draw keeps them in the automatic promotion spaces, but still 2 points behind Norwich.
Swansea City Championship Form
Last Time Out In The Championship
Swansea got back to winning ways at the Liberty Stadium, beating relegation candidates Millwall 1-0. Youngster George Byers saw his shot saved by Jordan Archer early on as Swansea came out firing. The Swans found joy from corners in the opening half, with Courtney Baker Richardson and Mike van Der Hoorn both coming close. It was from a corner that Swansea would get their first goal, as Millwall failed to clear a corner before Byers opened the scoring with his first senior goal. The visitors improved in the second half and Erwin Mulder produced a couple of world class saves. Late on, Baker Richardson had a shot cleared off the line and Oli McBurnie came close, but it would end 1-0. After another 3 points, Swansea remain in touching distance of the playoffs, still just 6 points outside the top 6.
Leeds United v Swansea City Head to Head
Leeds United Wins - 19
Draws - 7
Swansea City Wins - 11
Leeds and Swansea have a very even record in their recent meetings, although they have only faced each other 5 times in the last 31 years. Earlier this season, Swansea produced one of their best performances of the season in a 2-2 draw with Leeds. Oli McBurnie twice gave Swansea the lead, before Kemar Roofe and ex Swan Pablo Hernandez pegged Swansea back. The last time the sides met at Elland Road was back in 2010, during Swansea’s promotion season. That day, Swansea again took the lead through Stephen Dobbie, before 2 goals within 10 minutes gave Leeds the win. Leeds clearly fancy a comeback against Swansea and have come back plenty of times this season, so even if Swansea take the lead, they still need to be wary of Leeds’ threat.
Where to watch Leeds United v Swansea City
Leeds v Swansea City will be shown live on the Sky Sports on the Red Button.
Bet UK’s Betting Tip
Leeds have become known for late goals, with 31% of their goals coming after the 75th minute, so Swansea will have to keep switched on for the full 90 minutes.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting correct at the time of writing.
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