Middlesbrough v Swansea City Match Preview
Swansea City fans make their longest trip of the season as they face Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday 22nd September. If you are heading up to Middlesbrough this weekend, don’t forget to check out our Middlesbrough Away Day Guide for all you need to know.
Middlesbrough Championship Form
Last Time Out In The Championship
Middlesbrough won 2-0 against Bolton on Wednesday night, in the process winning their first 7 home fixtures of the season. George Saville and Britt Assombalonga both scored in a straightforward win at the Riverside Stadium. In the first half, Middlesbrough were immediately on top and could have scored a few. Saville was the first to latch onto a loose ball in the box before firing home his first goal for the club 34 minutes into his home debut. Aden Flint had a second half goal disallowed before Assombalonga raced onto a defensive mistake to score late on. The win fired Tony Pulis’ side up to 2nd in the table, just 1 point behind Leeds.
Swansea City Form
Last Time Out In The Championship
It was a typical ‘Tuesday night at Stoke’ performance for Swansea last time out. The Swans battled and dominated for periods of the game, but in the end fell to Joe Allen’s second half finish. Swansea had the best of the early chances, as Kyle Naughton forced Jack Butland into an early save. Nathan Dyer also looked lively on his return to the first team as he got onto the end of a Martin Olsson cross, before his cut back deflected out. Former Swansea man Joe Allen would break the deadlock however, with a goal just before the hour mark. Replays have shown that the goal was clearly offside and it’s difficult to see how it wasn’t spotted by the officials. Oli McBurnie was brought on and a late volley was on target, but a goal didn’t look likely.
Following his return to the first team, Bet UK’s online sportsbook make Nathan Dyer 7/1* to score anytime against Middlesbrough.
Middlesbrough v Swansea Head to Head
The 2 teams most recently met during the 16/17 season, when both teams were in the Premier League. At the Liberty Stadium, the teams drew 0-0 as both teams battled relegation. Earlier in the year, an Alvaro Negredo double helped Middlesbrough to a 3-0 win on a day for Swansea fans to forget. During Swansea’s last stint in the Championship, Craig Beattie scored a last minute winner in a 7 goal thriller as the Swans twice came from behind to win 4-3.
Where To Watch and Where To Listen
Swansea’s trip to the Riverside will be available on Swans TV, with live coverage as well as match commentary.
Bet UK’s Prediction
Neither team have scored a lot of goals this season, and have the 2 best defences in the Championship. We can’t anticipate many goals so have gone for under 1.5 goals during Middlesbrough v Swansea at 37/20 with Bet UK’s online betting.
We also have a number of Swansea City betting specials for this weekend’s match, including Swansea to win boosted from 15/4 to 4/1. Get the latest Swansea City news and updates throughout the season at Bet UK’s sports blog.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing.
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