Stoke City v Swansea City Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
December 01, 2017
Bet 365 Stadium - Premier League
Both sides are struggling but this could be the final match for Swansea boss Paul Clement if a seventh match in eight is lost - especially if that dumps them on the bottom of the Premier League.
Honours are fairly even in this fixture. Stoke have 25 wins to Swansea’s 22 while there have been 21 draws. Last season the Swans recorded a comfortable 2-0 home win but Stoke won 1-0 at the Liberty Stadium two years ago.
Jack Butland remains side-lined having broken his figure on international duty. The Potters also remain without Stephen Ireland as well as Geoff Cameron, who is recovering from concussion.
In need of a boost, Swansea have a big plus in being able to recall Tammy Abraham after he was ineligible for the midweek meeting with his parent club Chelsea. Missing only Kyle Bartley, Swansea are almost at full strength – which only adds to the pressure on Clement if his side don’t get a result.
Stoke City v Swansea City Preview and Predictions
Stoke are 19/20 to win with Swansea at 37/10 and the odds on a draw 5/2
Swansea are struggling badly for goals. They have scored just once in their last six games and claimed just a single point in that sequence from a home goalless draw. However their performance in only going down 1-0 at Chelsea in midweek will give them heart against an out of sorts Stoke.
Given Swansea’s goal drought bets of 6/1 on Stoke winning 1-0 and 8/1 on Stoke winning 2-0 are worthy of consideration.
Swansea simply cannot afford to lose. They have only avoided defeat once in their last seven games (in a home goalless draw with Bournemouth) and are only clear of bottom place on goal difference but know that bottom placed Palace have run into some good form.
November saw Swansea register a mere four shots on target – Stoke’s on loan Chelsea defender managed more on his own!
Stoke were embarrassed at home in Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat by Liverpool. On the back of a loss at backmarkers Crystal Palace last weekend and a poor start to the season Mark Hughes will be under as much pressure as Paul Clement if his side lose to Swansea here.
Stand-in Stoke ‘keeper Lee Grant is under pressure after being beaten seven times in three games but the rot had set in before he came into the side. Stoke have conceded 19 goals in their last seven games, leaving them with the Premier League’s second worst defence after David Moyes’ West Ham.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to score first at 27/5
The powerful front-man has been unlucky lately and his physical presence could unnerve a nervous back-line.
Xherdan Shaqiri to score first at 15/2
In a game likely to be short on quality, betting on arguably the most talented player on the pitch could pay off.