Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea City EFL Championship 2018-2019 Match Preview

This Saturday sees Swansea City travel to Hillsborough to face Sheffield Wednesday in their latest Championship fixture, having not lost to the Owls away from home since 1984.

Swansea advanced to the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup last weekend with a 4-1 victory over Brentford, to set up a mouthwatering clash with current Premier League Champions Manchester City on 16 March.

It was a game of two halves for the Swans as they trailed 1-0 at the half time interval before they blitzed the visitors with four second half goals.

Young Daniel James grabbed the headlines with a man of the match display and a dazzling goal, which earned him the Goal of the Round accolade from the BBC.

Sheffield Wednesday snatched a draw last time out with Rotherham with a 100th minute equaliser to preserve Steve Bruce’s unbeaten start as Wednesday manager.

The result sees The Owls climb to 15th place as they look to consolidate their position in the league.

Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea City Head to Head Stats
The overall head to head record between the two sides at Hillsborough is as follows:

Games played: 15
Swans wins: 1
Sheffield Wednesday wins: 7
Draws: 7
Swans Goals: 10
Sheffield Wednesday Goals: 25

Take a look at all of the historical results between the two clubs since their first meeting way back in 1925, when the Owls beat the Swans 3-1 in Division 2, on our Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea City Head to Head Statistics page.

Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea City Match Referee
County Durham official Geoff Eltringham will be the referee for the Owls v Swans Championship clash this weekend.

The only other time he has been a referee for a Swansea City game, was the 3-1 win over Blackburn Rovers at the Liberty back in October last year.

This will be the third time he has been in charge of a Sheffield Wednesday game this season, overseeing the 2-2 draw with Stoke City at Hillsborough last September and the 3-0 reverse at Hull City in January.

During his 18 Championship games to date this season, he has averaged 3 yellow cards per game. He has awarded 7 penalties but has only issued 1 red card.

Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea City Match Predictions
I think there is a ‘Steve Bruce factor’ in the prices available this weekend, with Sheffield Wednesday being favourites to win the game.

Steve Bruce does have an excellent record at this level, even if the Aston Villa role didn’t work out as he’d hoped.

However, although he is unbeaten in his first four games these results have all been in games against the bottom six and three of these have been draws, so it is difficult to see how the bookmakers have his side as favourites against a Swansea side above them in the division.

People will point to Swansea’s apparent poor form away from home, but the two recent defeats have been against a Bristol City side who are unbeaten in the league since November and promotion chasing Leeds United.

In addition, Swansea were missing key players in both of these games which their smaller squad struggles to deal with.

Sheffield Wednesday will also be missing striker Fernando Forestieri through suspension in this game.

Swansea do look value to win the game at 19/10 (2.90) with a few bookmakers,

But I would side with Swansea to win on the Asian Handicap with a 0.25 goal start with BetVictor which is available at 14/19 (1.74) with BetVictor. This is basically a bet on the Swans not to lose the game.

Oli McBurnie is a worthy favourite in the First Goalscorer market this weekend, but I think there may be better value in backing an alternative Swansea player to score anytime for this game.

Dan James has been a social media revelation this week after the pace shown in his goal against Brentford has drawn comparisons with the Roadrunner and the Beano’s Billy Whizz.

The pace was very impressive of course but in addition so was the composure in the finish which is something Dan is improving in his game.

Dan has netted two goals in his last four starts and I feel he will be a big attacking threat for the Swans this weekend running into the space vacated by Oli McBurnie when he drops deep.

Dan is 5/1 (6.00) to score anytime and is 14/1 (15.00) to open the scoring which is also an attractive price for a punter that wants longer odds in their bet. Club Sponsors BetUK are the best price for both of these bets.

Daniel James celebrates scoring against Brentford

Our ACCA for this weekend is Tottenham, Newcastle, Luton and Bury. The four fold pays 9.22/1 (10.22) with MarathonBet.

Sheffield Wednesday v Swansea City Betting Tips
If you’re planning on having a little flutter on the Swans this weekend, here are my recommended betting tips.

  • Swansea (+0.25 on Asian Handicap) at 14/19 (1.74) with BetVictor
  • Anytime Goalscorer – Dan James at 5/1 (6.00) with BetUK

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