Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea City Match Preview
Graham Potter takes his side to Hillsborough as they look for one last push towards the playoffs before the season draws to a close. They face a Sheffield Wednesday side that is unbeaten under new boss Steve Bruce, who joined the side at the start of February. Since then, Wednesday have picked up 6 points but they are also a side that has struggled against Swansea in recent years.
Sheffield Wednesday - 31/20* To Win
Sheffield Wednesday Championship Form
Last Time Out In The Championship
A 100th minute equaliser preserved Sheffield Wednesday’s unbeaten record under Steve Bruce. After Rotherham had spurned 2 golden opportunities early on, Sheffield Wednesday took the lead on 35 minutes. Fernando Forestieri easily finished after Adam Reach ran to the byline before cutting back to the Argentinian maestro. The lead only lasted 2 minutes with Jon Taylor smashing his volley into the top of the net. In the second half, Rotherham completed the turnaround when Richie Towell capitalised on a defensive mishap to fire in off the post. Rotherham pushed for a third but failed to focus on defense, with Dominic Iorfa eventually scoring an equaliser in the 10th minute of stoppage time, after only 8 had been added on initially. In the aftermath of the goal, Forestieri was shown a second yellow for celebrating in the crowd, so he will be sitting this one out.
Swansea City - 37/20* To Win
Swansea City Championship Form
Last Time Out In The Championship
2 first half goals were too much for Swansea to handle in a 2-1 loss to Leeds United. Daniel James showed early promise of why Leeds were so keen to complete a deal for the winger in January, but failed to capitalise on a strong start. Leeds took the lead after 20 minutes, Pontus Jansson pouncing on a loose ball in the box after Swansea failed to clear a corner. 15 minutes later, it as 2-0 to Leeds. Ezgjan Alioski’s left wing cross was headed in by youngster Jack Harrison at the near post as Leeds took complete control. Patrick Bamford and Kemar Roofe both came close for Leeds before Swansea were awarded a late penalty. Oli McBurnie sent the keeper the wrong way, but Swansea failed to build on their late pressure as Leeds went top of the Championship.
Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea City Head To Head Record
Sheffield Wednesday Wins - 12 Draws - 11 Swansea City Wins - 7
In the last 6 meetings between these sides, Swansea have dominated the Owls. Swansea have won 3 times and drawn 3 times, conceding just one goal. The run started with a 0-0 draw at Hillsborough in 2009, before 2 more 0-0 draws in the next 3 matches. Since then, Swansea won 2-0 in an FA Cup replay and 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium earlier this season. If history can tell us anything, then a Sheffield Wednesday rout of Swansea is out of the question, and their attack could be kept quiet on Saturday.
What do the Stats Say?
After 6 clean sheets in their opening 11 games, Swansea’s defence has faltered recently. In 76% of Swansea’s games since the start of October, both teams have found the net. Of those games, 24 in total, there has been an average of 3.25 goals scored. Sheffield Wednesday on the other hand, have scored an average of 2.25 goals in the same period. Adding those 2 together, gives an average of just over 2.5 goals per game. So with Swansea’s tendency to see goals at both ends and a worked out average of both sides goals per game ratio, we are going with both teams to score and over 2.5 goals.
Where to watch Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea City
Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea City will be shown live on Swans TV live from 3:00pm on Saturday 23rd February.
Bet UK’s Headline Betting Tip
We’ve already seen that both teams to score commonly occurs in Swansea fixtures, and with the Swans performing well in some recent games, we expect them to edge this one out.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing.
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