Who Hit The Target? - Middlesbrough 0-0 Swansea City
Bet UK: Who Hit The Target - Mike Van der Hoorn
In Leroy Fer’s absence, Mike Van der Hoorn is the club captain and led by example on Saturday. The Dutch centre half has been one of Swansea’s star performers all season and carried on his form against Middlesbrough. In the Boro front line, Stewart Downing has international experience, Britt Assombalonga is a proven Championship scorer and Martin Braithwaite was at the World Cup in Russia this year. But Van der Hoorn stood up to all challenges and protected Erwin Mulder from having to face too many shots.
Van der Hoorn is a classic centre half, whose ‘no nonsense’ style has quickly gained him a lot of praise from the Jack Army. Against Middlesbrough, this style was made even clearer as Tony Pulis’ side bombarded the box with long balls and crosses. Van der Hoorn made a number of vital interceptions and clearances throughout the match. He never looked like he was in trouble and remained calm, which would have resonated through a young Swans XI. Van der Hoorn has been impressive so far this season and with more performances like this will only secure his status as a fan favourite.
Middlesbrough 0-0 Swansea City Match Report
It might not have been the most exciting game at the Riverside, but a point at high flying Middlesbrough can be looked at as a success. Before the match, Middlesbrough had won every game they had played at home this season under Tony Pulis. Erwin Mulder produced a few strong saves early on from long range Boro efforts, but the Swans arguably were the better team in the early exchanges. Oli McBurnie and Martin Olsson both had close range headers saved, although Middlesbrough eventually grew into the game. George Saville came close, hitting the bar with a 25 yard volley after a cross was cleared. Britt Assombalonga almost continued his fine form this season, but was denied at the near post.
The second half was less open, with both sides struggling to create any chances. A wayward Tom Carroll cross clipped the bar, and Middlesbrough pressed late on, but a goal never looked like coming. Throughout the game, Swansea looked comfortable in possession and had the majority of the ball. Graham Potter’s main worry however will be the Swans’ goal scoring threat. Oli McBurnie is the top scorer with 4 goals, but Swansea will need to add more goals to their game against QPR at the weekend. Bet UK’s online betting is offering odds of 4/1* to Swansea to score over 2.5 goals and rediscover their goal scoring touch.
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*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting correct at the time of writing.
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