Foot Predictions shows Saturday’s league clash between Swansea City and Middlesbrough, including hunches, betting tips and possible lineups.
Swansea City to receive Neil Warnockin Middlesbrough to Liberty Stadium on Saturday, while the Swans seek to enter the top two places on the league table.
Steve CooperThe team kept pace with the teams at the top of the table, thanks to a penalty in extra time against Stoke City on Wednesday night, while Middlesbrough returned to winning ways by beating Coventry City 2-1 on Tuesday. .
The Wales team traveled to Stoke looking to stay in the top three last time, but got off to a bad start when Nick Powell put the hosts in front after just six minutes, before the right-back Connor Roberts drew for the Swans soon after.
The game looked like it was about to end 1-1 until Jack Clarke stumbled Kyle Naughton in the area at the sixth minute of the clearing time, resulting in a penalty that Andre Ayew coldly dispatched to seal all three points for Cooper’s men in the final kick of the match.
The result came after a disappointing 3-1 loss to Bristol City, when Ayew gave Swansea the lead with another penalty before Nahki Wells, Kasey Palmer and Antoine Semenyo turned the game around and sentenced the South Wales team to their sixth defeat of the season.
However, because of their last win, the Swans are now just one point behind second-placed Brentford, with two games less, one of which takes place on Tuesday night against Blackburn Rovers.
Their strong position in the league is largely due to the Swans’ strong defensive record, with no team in the league suffering as few as the 23 goals it has scored in 32 games this season.
Cooper will be desperate to get another win on Saturday, as that would put them in the top two with a win on Tuesday night in one of his games less.
However, this will not be an easy task, as they receive a team from Middlesbrough who have their eyes set on a playoff spot.
Warnock’s team won an important victory last time when they traveled to Coventry City, 20th, on Tuesday night.
They got off to a bad start when Anfernee Dijksteel turned the ball into its own net after 10 minutes, before Grant hall leveled the game and George Saville came off the bench to score a final winner to seal all three points for his side.
This happened after a commendable draw with Cardiff City, which has been in great shape since the appointment of Mick McCarthy, how Paddy McNair drew late to secure a point for Warnock’s team.
The northeastern national team is now five points away from AFC Bournemouth, in sixth place, which means that it needs to build a series of good results to close the gap between them and the playoffs.
Warnock will try to celebrate the recent extension of the contract with what would be an impressive victory on Saturday when his team travels to Wales.
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Swansea will be left without central defender Ryan Bennett, who joins Wayne Routledge the margin.
However, they recently welcomed Kyle Naughton back into action, and he won the crucial penalty for the winning goal against Stoke City.
Naughton has been a key player in Swansea’s three defenses, alongside Marc Guehi and Ben Cabango, who suffered the least number of goals in the league this season.
Cooper gave several crucial players a rest last time, while Conor Hourihane and Jake Bidwell were left on the bench, with both players expected to return to the starting lineup on Saturday.
Yannick Bolasie he returned to the Middlesbrough team last time, when he left the bench in the victory over Coventry, after being eliminated due to an injury.
They will be without a striker Ashley Fletcher however, as Warnock intends to bring the striker back into the game against Stoke City next week after suffering an injury against Bristol City.
In your absence, Neeskens Kebano and Chuba Akpom formed the first two against Coventry, as Britt Assombalonga was thrown on the bench.
Possible initial line-up for Swansea City:
Woodman; Naughton, Cabango, Guehi; Roberts, Fulton, Grimes, Hourihane, Bidwell; Lowe, Ayew
Possible initial lineup of the medium:
Bettinelli; Fry, Hall, Dijksteel; Spence, Tavernier, McNair, Howson, Bola; Kebano, Watmore
Probability: Swansea City 2-1 Middlesbrough
Although Warnock knows how to coach a resilient defensive team, we see his Middlesbrough team being defeated by the Swans on Saturday.
Hourihane and Bidwell’s return should strengthen Cooper’s side, inspiring them to another crucial victory as they seek to enter the automatic promotion slots.
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