Swansea City v Middlesbrough Match Preview
After a revitalising result in midweek, Swansea are back at the Liberty Stadium for a match against Middlesbrough. Graham Potter’s side grabbed their first win in 3 matches and played some of the most exciting football of the season so far. Middlesbrough on the other hand, are on the worst run of the season and can see the playoffs slipping out of reach. Bet UK’s online betting has the latest football betting odds for Swansea v Middlesbrough, as well as odds for all Championship fixtures.
Swansea City’s Recent Form
Last Time Out In The Championship
Swansea were back to winning ways in midweek with a 3-0 win over Brentford at the Liberty. After three losses in a row, the win gives the Swans a much needed boost heading into the final stretch. It took just 32 seconds for Swansea to take the lead after a defensive calamity for the Bees. Mads Bech Sorensen under hit a pass back to his keeper, giving Daniel James the chance to pounce. James got to the ball first and poked it through to Nathan Dyer, who finished into an empty net. Daniel James continued to terrorise Brentford and hit the bar with a curling effort before Dyer could double Swansea’s lead. On 34 minutes, Dyer latched onto a long ball from Kristoffer Nordfelt, before finishing through Luke Daniels’ legs. Swansea hit the bar again through Bersant Celina in a dominant first half. The second half was slightly more even, but Daniel James again proved the difference. The youngster finished into the bottom corner, after Conor Roberts’ rebounded shot fell to him on the edge of the box. Swansea’s 3-0 win puts them level on points with Brentford on 50 points, but with a game in hand.
Middlesbrough’s Recent Form
Last Time Out In The Championship
Middlesbrough’s winless streak was extended to 6 games with a disappointing 1-0 loss at home to Bristol City. Middlesbrough actually started off brightly, but as has been the trouble this season, they failed to capitalise on their chances. Boro hit the post before having a shot cleared off the line as a first goal seemed inevitable. That goal did come on 31 minutes, but it was Bristol who made Boro pay for their poor finishing. Adam Webster rose highest from a right wing corner to put Bristol City ahead and kill Middlesbrough’s momentum. From then on, it was the visitors who were full of confidence, with 2 counter attacks both being cleared off the line. The second half saw more chances for both sides, but neither could convert in the box and the game finished 1-0. This was a chance for Middlesbrough to move back into the play off places, but they now must be outsiders on 58 points in 8th places.
Where’s The Value Bet?
It’s no secret that Middlesbrough and Tony Pulis have brought supporters some less than exciting football this season. In 39 Championship games, they have managed just 40 goals. Outside the bottom two, only Stoke City have scored fewer. To go with their lack of goals up top, they also have the best defence in the league. If you are looking for goals, it’s best to avoid Middlesbrough. 35% of Middlesbrough’s games this season have seen one goal or fewer, including nine 1-0 scorelines. For Swansea, there have been issues at both ends of the pitch this season. Against Brentford, they played without a striker and had only scored once in three previous matches. All signs point to this being a low scoring game, and with both sides able to nick it, we’ve gone with Under 1.5 Goals at 2/1*.
Where to watch Swansea City v Middlesbrough
Swansea v Middlesbrough will be shown live on Swans TV for all subscribers, with live commentary and punditry throughout.
Bet UK’s Headline Betting Tip
We’ve already spoken about the potential lack of goals in this one and with Swansea at home, we think they can grab the decisive goal.
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*All odds from Bet UK’s online betting correct at the time of writing.
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