Swansea City v Birmingham City Match Preview
Swansea take on Birmingham City at the Liberty Stadium in a rearranged fixture after Swansea’s progress in the FA Cup. The sides have had contrasting starts to 2019. Whilst Swansea City are unbeaten this calendar year, Birmingham are without a win since Boxing Day. All signs seem to point to a Swansea win, but the Swans only played on Saturday and this will be Birmingham’s first game in 11 days. Will tiredness play a part, or will we see some fresh legs in Graham Potter’s lineup?
Swansea City Championship Form
Last Time Out In The Championship
Swansea continued their unbeaten start to 2019 with a 1-0 win over promotion hopefuls Sheffield United. Erwin Mulder impressed throughout the match, producing one of the saves of the season so far when denying Billy Sharp from close range early on. Although Sheffield United arguably had the better of the ball in the first half, it was Swansea who dominated after the break. Oli McBurnie grabbed the only goal of the game just after the hour mark as Swansea kept the pressure on after a corner. Quick passing from Mike Van Der Hoorn sent Nathan Dyer to the byline, who played a perfect pass into McBurnie to slide home to finish off a slick move. Swansea continued to press and looked like grabbing a second goal, but ultimately they held on for an important 3 points. After the win, Swansea are in 11th, although just 6 points separate them from Derby in 6th.
Birmingham City Championship Form
Last Time Out In The Championship
A 3-1 loss at Norwich extended Birmingham’s winless run to 5 games in all competitions. A frantic opening 25 minutes saw all 4 goals as Norwich showed why they remain in contention for automatic promotion. Norwich top scorer Teemu Pukki opened the scoring after 13 minutes, finishing at the near post from a Jamal Lewis cross. Straight from kick off however, Che Adams slammed home a near post shot after Jota’s quick pass gave him space in the box. Just 9 minutes later, Norwich were back in front. Mario Vrancic fired a low shot perfectly into the bottom corner, giving Lee Camp no chance. On 25 minutes it was 3-1 as Tom Trybull headed in from a corner to complete the scoring. Norwich were by far the better side and could have extended their lead in the second half, with Pukki millimetres away from adding a 4th. In their winless run, Che Adams has been a highlight for Birmingham with 3 goals in his last 3 starts.
Swansea City v Birmingham City Head To Head Record
Swansea City Wins - 8
Draws - 8
Birmingham City Wins - 18
Swansea’s rise to the Premier League coincided with Birmingham City’s fall to the Championship, so there aren’t many recent games to go off here. 2 cup meetings in 2013/14 were evenly split, with Birmingham winning 3-1 in the League Cup, before a 2-1 Swans victory in the FA Cup. Earlier this season, the sides played out a stalemate in front of the Sky Sports cameras at St Andrews, ending Swansea’s 100% start to the season. The last time these 2 met in the league at the Liberty Stadium, a late Kevin Phillips double handed Birmingham a 3-2 win after Swansea had been 2-1 up. Fancy another high scoring affair? Over 4.5 goals is 25/4* at Bet UK’s online sportsbook.
Bet UK’s Betting Tips
Swansea have been strong at home in recent games and with Erwin Mulder in top form, we can’t see Birmingham finding a way past him.
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