Swansea – Stoke FREE PICKS
Swansea City and Stoke City meet at Liberty Stadium, in a match for the 38th round of the Premier League. Stoke City won at home (2-1) when they last met in this edition of the league, on 02-12-2017. In this stadium, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which records 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss in the last 4 matches. In fact, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium was on 22-04-2017, in a match for the Premier League that ended in a Swansea City victory by (2-0). The goals of the match were scored by Llorente (10 ‘) and T. Carroll (70′) for Swansea City. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
After 8 wins, 9 draws and 20 losses, the home team is currently in the 18 th position of the league, with 33 points won. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Bournemouth, by (1-0). In the last match, they lost in a home match against Southampton, by (0-1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 1 win, 7 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 9 goals scored and 27 conceded; against 8 wins, 2 draws and 5 losses at their stadium, with 24 goals scored and 17 conceded. In the last 10 home league matches Swansea City has a record of 4 wins, 2 draws and 4 losses, so they have won 14 points out of 30 possible. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-1 (7 out of 18 matches). They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches for this competition there is a tendency for few goals, since 12 of the last 18 matches have ended with less than 3 goals. In 37 matches in this competition, he only managed 2 comebacks in the 23 games in which he suffered the first goal. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 18 home matches for this competition: they have suffered 8 of their 22 goals between minutes (76’-90 ‘).
The Swansea comes to this day with a rebuff against Southampton, by 0-1, thus adding the fourth straight defeat in the English championship. To ensure maintenance, the locals need a real miracle. In this home game coach Carlos Carvalhal must play in 3-5-2, benefiting possession of the ball and organized attacks through the flanks: Sung-Young Ki is primarily responsible for creating the offensive plays. Jordan Ayew is the best marker of Swansea, with 7 goals scored. Everything indicates that the coach can not count on Leroy Fer and Wilfried Bony, both injured.
After 6 wins, 12 draws and 19 losses, the away team is currently in the 20 th position of the league, with 30 points won. In the penultimate match, they tied in a match against Liverpool, by (0-0). In the last match, they lost in a home match against Crystal Palace, by (1-2). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 1 win, 6 draws and 8 losses in away matches, with 10 goals scored and 28 conceded; against 3 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses at their stadium, with 15 goals scored and 23 conceded. For the league, Stoke City won 5 points out of 30 possible points, after 5 draws and 5 losses in the last 10 home matches.
For this competition, they have not won any of the last 13 away matches. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (7 out of 18 matches). The team allowed goals to the opponent in 8 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so it was not very strong defensively. In 37 matches in this tournament, they have conceded the first goal 21 times and have only won 1 result.
Stoke City leaves for this game with a home defeat against Crystal Palace, putting an end to the three games in a row without losing. We remember that the foreigners are going to dispute the English second division in the next season. In this away game, coach Paul Lambert must keep the team in 4-4-2, benefiting the defensive organization and counterattacks, especially through the flanks: Shaqiri is a very fast and strong player in the offensive transition. In addition, this player is the best marker of Stoke City, with 8 goals scored. Everything indicates that the coach can not count on Stafylidis and Lee Grant, players recovering from injury.
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