Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Big Match Preview - Swansea City vs Blackburn Rovers


Swansea City host Blackburn Rovers at the Liberty Stadium in this round 21 Championship clash.

Previous form and league position
With Swansea's 100% away record coming to an end in a 5-1 thrashing by West Brom, the Welsh side will be aiming to get back on the horse after just two wins in ten games. Blackburn, meanwhile, are on a four-match winning run and now sit just above (10th) the Swans (11th) on points difference in the table.

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Swansea appeared hapless against promotion hopefuls West Brom.

Whilst Tony Mowbray's men will be looking to add their fifth win in succession, Swansea are in a rut - they haven't won in five games - and are looking over their shoulder, just 13 points ahead of the relegation zone.

Previous head-to-head
Surprisingly, these two sides have met just twice in the league since 2012 and only four times since 1984. The last two meetings have seen the Swans come out 3-1 winners (October 2018) with a 2-2 draw in the most recent fixture (May 2019).

Predicted line-ups
Swansea
Formation - 4-2-3-1
Team - Woodman; Roberts, Wilmot, van der Hoorn, Naughton; Fulton, Grimes; Ayew, Byers, Dier; Surridge
Out - Celina (Doubtful), Garrick (Injured), John (Injured), Mulder (Injured), Rodon (Injured), Routledge (Injured).

Blackburn
Formation - 4-2-3-1
Team - Walton; Nyambe, Lenihan, Adarabioyo, Downing; Travis, Evans; Armstrong, Dack, Rothwell; Graham
Out - Butterworth (Injured), Cunningham (Injured), Davenport (Injured), Gladwin (Injured), Grayson (Injured), Hart (Injured), Samuel (Injured), Williams (Injured).

Odds and Best Bet
Swansea are well-placed to win at 1.25/1 on Unibet, whilst a draw is 2.5/1 and a Blackburn victory 2.25/1.

Andrew Ayew, Borja Baston and Sam Surridge all have six goals for the Swans in the 2019/20 Championship season so far with the trio 8.5/1, 4.5/1 and 6.5/1 to score first on Unibet and bet365 respectively.

Bradley Dack is quite clearly the threat for Rovers, with his 10 goals in the Championship six more than nearest Blackburn contender Adam Armstrong. Despite this, Dack is priced at an inviting 8/1 to score first on sportsbet with striker Danny Graham - who has scored just once in the league - at 7/1.

A draw and Bradley Dack to score first surely look the most tantalising offers.

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Bradley Dack is a tremendous threat for Rovers.

Where the Game Will Be Won
If Tony Mowbray names an unchanged side for Rovers, it will see Lewis Travis partner Corry Evans in the heart of the Blackburn midfield. When that duo have played together, Rovers have won a remarkable 10 games from a possible 13.

Swansea need to watch out for Dack too; the Welsh side have failed to record a clean sheet in the league since late October whilst Blackburn are hunting for their second in succession with Dack having scored four in his last four.

The injury to Joe Rodon at the back for Swansea has derailed Steve Cooper's great start to the season and Rovers will be licking their lips at the frailties on show in Swansea's 5-1 reversal at West Brom last weekend.

Final Thoughts
Cooper's men need to desperately find some inspiration from somewhere; a losing mentality is incredibly difficult to get out of, and, with Rovers in a rampant mood recently, the visitors could well inflict further pain on the Welsh side with Cooper limping into the January transfer window.

Blackburn to at least get a draw.




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