Swansea City v Stoke City Match Preview
2 of last season’s relegated Premier League sides meet at the Liberty after contrasting seasons in the Championship. Swansea have used this season as a way to bed in a new manager and some young talent, with a view to the future. Stoke on the other hand, are on their second manager of the season after a pre season spending spree failed to give them the promotion push they were aiming for. As things stand, Swansea are above Stoke whilst spending around £50m less in the summer. Swansea come into this game after 2 impressive performances, but will face a typically tough Stoke defence.
Swansea’s Recent Form
Last Time Out In The Championship
Swansea won at home for the second time in a week at the weekend, with a comfortable 3-1 win over Middlesbrough. Following on from their 3-0 win over Brentford, Swansea started the game on the front foot. They should have been ahead early on, but Bersant Celina failed to convert after controlling in the area. Wayne Routledge and Daniel James both came close, before Swansea were awarded a penalty as James was fouled in the area. Matt Grimes converted the spot kick, and it was 2-0 just four minutes later when Wayne Routledge finished into the bottom corner. The Swans made it 3-0 with 20 minutes to go, Conor Roberts left wide open at the back post for a simple finish. George Saville did pull one back for Boro, but it proved nothing more than a consolation on what was a dominant afternoon for Swansea. Despite their recent improved performances, Swansea still remain just out of reach of a play off push. With seven games remaining, they sit 13th on 53 points.
Stoke City’s Recent Form
Last Time Out In The Championship
After 4 0-0 draws in a row, Stoke City finally managed a goal in a 1-0 win at Blackburn. Rovers had the best chance early on as Adam Armstrong rattled the bar after turning in the area. However on 14 minutes, Peter Etebo scored from range for his second goal of the season and Stoke’s first goal in over 6 hours of football. Stoke were given the perfect opportunity to double their lead but Bojan saw his penalty saved by Blackburn keeper David Raya. Blackburn had the better of the chances, with constant crosses seemingly confusing Stoke’s defence as Rover’s forwards were left unmarked. Ben Brereton saw his late effort deflected wide but Stoke held on for a 6th clean sheet in a row. The win kept Stoke in midtable and they are currently in 15th place on 51 points.
Where’s the Value Bet?
Apart from Bolton and Ipswich, the Championship’s bottom 2 sides, Stoke are the lowest scorers in the league with just 38 goals in 40 games. For a side that boasts an attack including Tom Ince, Benik Afobe, Bojan and Joe Allen, it’s surprising that Stoke has struggled so much in front of goal. Nevertheless, this is something that we can look at in the market when searching for value. Bet UK’s online sportsbook currently offers odds of 13/10* for Stoke to score under 0.5 goals. Stoke have already gone goalless in 15 games this season, so at 13/10, it may be worth a bet that they will do it again at the Liberty.
How to watch Swansea City v Stoke City
Swansea City v Stoke City will be shown live on Sky Sports Red Button from 7:45pm on Tuesday 9th April.
Bet UK’s Headline Betting Tip
Swansea have been in impressive form recently, with six goals in two games giving them two vital wins. Against a Stoke side that rarely finds the net, they should take another three points here.
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*All odds from Bet UK’s online sportsbook correct at the time of writing.
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