Sports Ticket: Swansea vs Reading English Championship Tips, Prediction and Preview
Everyone who follows English football knows that Swansea’s strongest link is defense. Their back line has conceded only 12 goals in 21 games, which is making them the best in the league when it comes to this segment.
Not many teams were able to score at this venue, as the goal difference after ten matches in Wales is 13-4.
The most dangerous player within Steve Cooper’s roster is experienced Andre Ayew who managed to score eight goals in 20 appearances. He scored the opener last weekend against QPR. Swans won that game easily 2-0 FT.
After suffering back to back losses versus Norwich City and Brentford, Reading FC have returned to winning ways last weekend against Luton 2-1. Team still lacks consistency, especially against top teams. One of their best players Lucas Joao is probably going to miss this duel as well, so we see good value in backing hosts here.
This year’s action in English Championship is going to be wrapped up in Wales where Swansea City welcome Reading FC. Both teams are currently sitting in the top six positions but not so decent forms in the last thirty days. This especially goes for Royals who were defeated three times in the last five appearances.
Reading were the biggest surprise package of the campaign after an incredible start with seven victories and one draw. Their form has declined drastically and they are barely staying within the playoff border. Still, pre-season expectations were not this high but obviously coach Veljko Paunovic is doing one hell of a job. In terms of the odds, Swansea City are the favourites at 2.00 odds.
Steve Cooper has named the same starting lineup for the last two games, and having won both, may be tempted to keep his side unchanged once again.
If he does decide to switch things up, Kyle Naughton and Korey Smith would seem the most likely plays to slot into the defence and midfield respectively.
Liam Cullen, who was absent for the trip to QPR as he was showing coronavirus symptoms, has now returned a positive test so will miss Wednesday’s game.
Michael Olise should come back into Reading’s starting XI after being rested against Luton due to a tight hamstring.
John Swift made his return following over three months on the sidelines when he appeared as a substitute on Boxing Day, but he may be used off the bench again as Veljko Paunovic seeks to ease him back into first team football.
The Royals have a hefty injury list that includes captain Liam Moore, but the only player in contention to make a return in South Wales is top scorer Lucas Joao, whom Paunovic has said is in the “final stages” of his recovery.
Series: English Championship 2020-21
Match: Swansea vs Reading
Date: 30 December 2020, Wednesday
Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Time: 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET / 01:00 PST
HEAD to HEAD:
- A big majority of most recent head to head encounters between these two teams offered a lot of action and goals. Four out of the last six ended either Over 2.5 or with BTTS.
- Swansea demolished Reading in the last season at Madejski Stadium 4-1, while result at this venue was 1-1.
- There was total of 25 duels in the past and Swans have 10-7 leading in terms of victories, but they haven’t been convincing at home at all.
Probable Starting 11 Players:
Swansea: Woodman; Cabango, Bennett, Guehi; Roberts, Fulton, Grimes, Bidwell; Dhanda; Ayew, Lowe
Reading: Rafael; Esteves, Holmes, Morrison, McIntyre; Laurent, Rinomhota; Olise, Semedo, Ejaria; Baldock
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