Swansea City v Stoke City Predictions and Betting Tips
April 18, 2017
Saturday April 22 – Liberty Stadium – Premier League
Swansea welcome Mark Hughes’ Stoke to South Wales on Saturday, knowing that they need a win to boost their hopes of avoiding relegation.
Stoke have a very slight edge in Premier League meetings between these two, winning five compared to Swansea’s three, including a 3-1 win earlier this season.
Swansea will be without midfielder Jack Cork, who has been sidelined for weeks with ankle injury. Long term absentees Angel Rangel and Nathan Dyer are both still some way off a first team return.
Joe Allen is a major doubt for Stoke, having missed the weekend win over Hull City. The Wales international suffered hamstring injury against former club Liverpool two weeks ago, and is rated doubtful for this one.
Goalkeeper Jack Butland is back in training, but he is unlikely to be risked yet, with Lee Grant continuing in goal.
Ibrahim Afellay and Stephen Ireland are both out for the remainder of the season through injury.
Swansea City v Stoke City Preview and Predictions
Swansea are simply desperate for points in their battle against the drop, with their recent form sending them hurtling into the bottom three. Paul Clement’s saw an initial upsurge in form, but they are without a win their last six games, and Saturday’s game is a must win encounter.
Stoke ended a miserable run of five games without a win with a 3-1 win over Stoke last weekend and the Potters have little to play for, having secured their mid table position.
Given Swansea’s situation they will be pushing for all three points, and that should give them an edge, with a home win priced at 13/10.
Given the lack of huge confidence within both sides, despite Stoke’s win over Hull, it is unlikely to be a goal fest, with an under 2.5 goals bet priced at 3/4.
A Swansea 1-0 win at 7/1
Swansea just need a win, they will not be fussy about how they get it either. Stoke will make them battle for it, but the Swans will be giving everything to keep themselves in the Premier League for another season.
Gylfi Sigurdsson to score first at 5/1
The Icelandic international has been the talisman for Swansea this season, with eight Premier League goals from midfield. His ability from set pieces mark him out as a huge goal threat and he could well be Swansea’s saviour yet again this season.