This weekend sees the Swans travel to Lancashire for their latest Championship fixture when they take on Preston North End.
It’s been a fantastic start to 2019 for Swansea with two thumping victories away from home to start the year, as Graham Potter’s players have run out 4-1 winners at Reading which was followed up by a 3-0 win in the FA Cup at Aston Villa.
It has been quite the opposite for the Lilywhites however, as they were beaten 2-1 by Rotherham on New Years Day at Millmoor and they followed this up with a 3-1 defeat at home to League One high flyers Doncaster Rovers in the FA Cup 3rd Round.
Preston’s difficulty over the recent games has been the amount of injuries they have had in their squad.
This has led to Alex Neil having to field a lot of the same players over the busy Christmas period, which seems to have given a tiredness factor.
The sickness bug which hit the Swans squad before the Villa cup game has thankfully passed, so Oli McBurnie, Wilfried Bony, Jefferson Montero, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Declan John and Joel Asoro are all available for selection if Graham Potter chooses to change his starting line-up.
Preston North End v Swansea City Head to Head Stats
The overall head to head record between the two sides at Deepdale is as follows:
Games played: 29
Swansea wins: 3
Preston wins: 20
Swansea Goals: 34
Preston Goals: 58
Take a look at all of the historical results between the two clubs since their first meeting way back in 1925, when Preston overcame Swansea Town 4-2 in the old Division Two, on our Preston North End v Swansea City Head to Head Statistics page.
Preston North End v Swansea Referee
Hampshire official Keith Stroud will take charge of 11th EFL Championship game of the season, when the Lilywhites meet the Swans at Deepdale.
He has issued 35 yellow cards this season, averaging almost 2 per game, although he has yet to brandish a red card. Only twice has he awarded a penalty so far this season, once ironically for the Swans in the 2 nil home win over Reading back in October.
Preston North End v Swansea City Match Predictions
It was a surprise to me to see the Swans ranked as outsiders by the bookies for this game given both sides’ recent form.
Swansea have shown inconsistency during the season, but in the last couple of games they seem to have really clicked in attack and will fancy their chances on Saturday against a Preston team lacking in confidence.
Graham Potter has rotated more over the Christmas period which drew some criticism from Swansea supporters, but the rotation has perhaps seen a fresher Swansea team in their last two matches as a result and this can be a big factor in this weekend’s match.
Odds of 2/1 (3.00) on Swansea to win with BetFred are very appealing and would be my selection for the match result. Although more prudent punters may prefer the 11/10 (2.10) on offer for the Swansea draw no bet option.
I have two goalscorer options for this week. Firstly, Oli McBurnie got on the score sheet twice in the New Year’s Day clash with Reading and will return to action after being ill for the Aston Villa game.
I feel he is still Swansea’s biggest threat on goal and odds of 11/2 (6.50) on him being First Goalscorer are of appeal in Saturday’s match.
The other goalscorer option is Mike Van Der Hoorn to score at any time.
Van Der Hoorn has scored in each of his last two league games and odds of 16/1 (17.00) seem very generous especially when you factor in that Preston have conceded 16 goals at set pieces this season – the most of any team in the Championship.
Backers of our ACCA would have been delighted on New Year’s Day when our five fold came up at odds of nearly 12.7/1 (13.70).
This weekend’s selections are Leicester, Tottenham, Bristol City, Portsmouth and Mansfield and this is available at odds of 14.45/1 (15.45).
- Swansea to win the game at 2/1 (3.0) with BetFred, Bet365, UniBet and BetWay.
- First Goalscorer – Oli McBurnie at 11/2 (6.50) with BetFred, BetVictor, BetWay and BetBright.
- Anytime Goalscorer – Mike Van Der Hoorn at 16/1 (17.0) with Bet365.
- Accumulator – Leicester, Tottenham, Bristol City, Portsmouth and Mansfield at 14.45/1 (15.45) with MarathonBet.
All of the odds quoted on this page are correct at the time of writing. Our match predictions are fully researched and are provided to you in good faith, but please note that we cannot guarantee a profit on any bets you place and ask you to gamble responsibly.
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