Swansea City v Stoke City Predicitons, Betting Tips and Previews
May 10, 2018
Liberty Stadium - Premier League
Swansea need all three points in this clash, and results to go their way elsewhere to pull off a miracle of Premier League survival on the final day.
Stoke beat Swansea 2-1 at the BET365 Stadium earlier this season, with Xherdan Shaqiri and Mame Diouf on target for the home side, however they have never won a Premier League game at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea boss Carlos Carvalhal has no fresh injury worries ahead of this do-or-die game, but long term absentees Wilfried Bony, Leroy Fer and Kyle Bartley are all still out of action for the Welsh side.
Stoke will give a late fitness test to defender Bruno Martins Indi, who is struggling with a groin injury, however fellow defender Kostas Stafylidis is already ruled out. Striker Eric Choupo-Moting is also set for a late fitness check on a groin complaint, but it is unlikely that he will be risked for this tie.
Swansea City v Stoke City Preview and Predictions
The situation is very clear for Swansea, they have to win to stand any chance of avoiding relegation to the Championship, with visitors Stoke, already down.
The Swans 1-0 defeat at home to relegation rivals Southampton made their case even more difficult, as not only for close a three point gap on the Saints, they also have to eradicate the goal difference divide.
It is a tall order, and Swansea will need Manchester City to beat Southampton, ideally by 3 or 4 goals, and they win this by a few also.
Essentially, between the two games, Swansea need to make up a deficit of nine goals to avoid the dreaded drop.
Carvalhal will have the players fired up it give it a go, even if it is in vain, and should win this game - priced at 10/11 - even to give their suffering fans something to cheer about.
However, given their recent abysmal goal scoring record of zero goals in their last four games, they may struggle to get the goals they need to pull off an unlikely escape, and an under 2.5 total goals bet is at 4/5.
Swansea to win 2-0 at 17/2
The Swans will want to at least end on a high, and in front of their own fans, they will not want to go out on a whimper. A win should be achievable for the beleaguered side, who looked to be safe a month ago, but it is highly unlikely to save them.
Jordan Ayew to score first at 11/2
Ayew is Swansea's leading Premier League scorer this season, with seven league goals. He is also the scorer of their last goal, almost a month ago against Everton. He is normally their biggest forward threat, and Swansea will need him to be on song, alongside his brother Andre and Tammy Abraham.