Swansea City v Bolton Wanderers Match Preview
After a promising start to 2019, Swansea City have struggled for form as of late. A 3-1 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday made it 3 losses from 4 games for the Swans, however they still remain just 3 points away from 8th place. On the other hand, Bolton have struggled for the majority of this season. Wanderers are no strangers to League One and it looks as though they could be heading back down this season as they drift away from safety.
Swansea City - 20/39* To Win
Swansea City Championship Form
Last Time Out In The Championship
Swansea were blown away by 3 first half goals in a defeat at Hillsborough on Saturday. The Swans were behind after just 11 minutes, as Adam Reach was left open in the area and fired in after Rolando Aarons’ lay off. Swansea had chances to equalise, but Oli McBurnie and Daniel James failed to convert when in on goal. 20 minutes later, Reach added a second, benefiting from a missed clearance from Connor Roberts. Just 3 minutes before half time, Stephen Fletcher put Sheffield Wednesday firmly in control with an over head kick as Swansea again failed to clear their lines. In the second half, Wayne Routledge scored a consolation following a flowing Swansea attack, but failed to mount an unlikely comeback. The result makes it 3 losses out of 4 for Swansea and leaves them in 12th place.
Bolton Wanderers - 11/2* To Win
Bolton Wanderers Championship Form
Last Time Out In The Championship
A second half blunder left Bolton with 0 points against Leeds after they threatened to upset the promotion challengers. Wanderers had a golden opportunity early on when Josh Magennis had a free header from 6 yards, but couldn’t beat Kiko Casilla. The chance spurred Leeds on and their pressure paid off when Patrick Bamford converted a 16th minute penalty. The lead would only last 6 minutes however, as Mark Beevers slammed home a loose ball in the box. Bolton continued to frustrate their hosts but fell behind to Ezgjan Alioski’s hopeful cross. Wanderers’ keeper Remi Matthews had kept his side in the game, but flapped at the winger’s cross under no pressure. The result leaves Bolton in 23rd, 4 points from safety as another season in League One looms.
Swansea v Bolton Head to Head Record
Swansea Wins - 11
Draws - 11
Bolton Wins - 13
These two sides shared just one season in the Premier League and with only one cup draw, there isn’t much recent history. In 2011/12, the sides did meet 3 times however, twice in the league and once in the FA Cup. In the league, Swansea beat Bolton 3-1 at the Liberty before a 1-1 draw at the Reebok Stadium. Swansea lost the FA Cup tie away at Bolton, leaving the sides with an even record at the end of the year. Earlier this season, Swansea won 1-0 away at Bolton thanks to Barrie McKay’s goal of the season contender. Of the last 6 meetings between the sides, both teams have scored in 5 of the games.
What do the stats say?
The stats all point towards a Swansea win, with Bolton on one of the worst streaks of form in English football. Since a bright start to the season, Bolton have lost 20 of their last 30 league games. This run has saw Bolton pick up 13 points from their last 30 games, after starting with 13 points from just 4 games. So with Bolton’s deteriorating form continuing, it might just be a question of how many Swansea will win by. Looking back at Swansea’s past 16 home games in the Championship this season, there have been over 2.5 goals scored in 56% of their matches. Although Swansea only score an average of 1.5 goals per home game, Bolton’s poor clean sheet record (only 17% of away games) means that we can expect Swansea to surpass that.
Bet UK’s Headline Betting Tip
Swansea might not be in their best form of the season, but a game against a team destined for relegation is a chance for them to regain some confidence.
*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting correct at the time of writing.