Swansea v Middlesbrough
Saturday March 6, 15:00
Swansea make vital belated success
Andre Ayew‘s last-gasp penalty provided Swansea a contentious 2-1 success at Stoke on Wednesday evening and saw the Welsh near the space regarding the automated advertising places to a point that is single. Ayew converted in the minute that is 96th Jack Clarke ended up being adjudged to possess tripped Kyle Naughton, a determination that left house employer Michael O’Neill fuming.
But opposing quantity Steve Cooper celebrated together with his staff after seeing the Swans snatch a win that is welcome two defeats in their previous three games. The visitors did so by coming from behind to pinch maximum points, Connor Roberts levelling with a fine volley midway through the first-half after Nick Powell punished Marc Guehi for a mistake that is sloppy.
Cooper made four modifications towards the part that suffered a half that is second against Bristol City last weekend and was pleased with his freshened up side. He said: “You never give up and you keep going. That’s what happened. We played well. We had a start that is difficult the overall game but we stuck towards the plan, got in within the game and scored a fantastic objective.”
Middlesbrough get straight back on course
Middlesbrough originated from behind to beat Coventry and reignite their Championship play-off push in midweek. Neil Warnock‘s part had taken simply a point that is single home games against Bristol City and Cardiff, but have registered back-to-back away victories to keep them within three points of the top-six as we enter the final furlong.
In a scrappy game overall, the Teessiders showed massive improvements on a poor first half with Warnock’s four second half changes all making an impact as George Saville‘s late strike proved decisive. Coventry had gone ahead early on when Boro centre-back Anfernee Dijksteel diverted the ball into his own net after a throw-in that is long confusion.
The Visitors were and improved rewarded shortly before half-time when Grant Hall headed in Paddy McNair’s free-kick to level. But Boro edged proceedings, to Warnock’s delight: “I thought we deserved it in the fina end – specially with this last half. I thought within the half that is second could play better and the substitutes made that key difference.”
Swansea and Middlesbrough have been reasonably regular foes since 2009/10, meeting on 11 occasions in the Championship over the decade that is past. The Swans have enjoyed small supremacy that is w5-D3-L3 that sample, taking top honours in three of the past four renewals, as well as taking a W3-D1-L0 return in the duos past four fixtures at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea 2.407/5 are amongst the pack that is leading been beaten just six times within their opening 32 outings (W18-D8-L6). Steve Cooper’s troops’ have actually shown to be competitors that are rock-solid giving few opportunities away, and shipping multiple goals in only five fixtures. The hosts also boast the home that is third-best within the unit, returning W10-D5-L2 here.
Middlesbrough 3.3512/5 experienced six Championship defeats in nine after Christmas time to reduce ground that is vital the top-six (W2-D1-L6). But Neil Warnock’s troops have arrested their worryingly slide with an improved upturn that is w3-D1-L1 romantic days celebration to go back to contention. And Boro’s W4-D6-L3 record against other top-10 teams commands respect
Only five Championship groups are seeing less objectives per-game than Swansea’s total of 2.00 this year as a massive 25/32 (75%) of games have actually produced Under 2.5 Goals 1.608/13. During the Liberty Stadium, 13 associated with 17 Swans’ fixtures have actually showcased less than three objectives as Steve Cooper’s males have actually held 11 shutouts, conceding simply nine goals in total.
Visitors Middlesbrough have actually struggled to get the consistency that is same their very early period protective displays. The Teessiders have just handled two shutouts within their previous 15 tussles – 10 of which settled for Over 2.5 Goals 2.3611/8 backers – even though it’s tough to see Saturday’s showdown descending into a shootout.
Instead, We’ll combine Under 2.5 objectives alongside Swansea Double potential within the Same Game Multi for a 1.9620/21 shot during the Liberty Stadium. It is a range that is settled in 13 associated with Swans’ 17 house outings, along with eight of Boro’s 13 fixtures utilizing the top-10 this term.