This Saturday sees Paul Clement return to the Liberty Stadium as his Reading side face Swansea City in the Championship.
Reading have struggled so far this season with just three wins in their first fourteen games, and currently sit just inside the relegation zone.
Reading slipped to their third defeat in four games in midweek, with a 2-1 defeat at Birmingham City and are likely to be without former Swansea player Mo Barrow, who has reportedly been banished from the Reading squad for disciplinary issues.
Swansea got back to winning ways in midweek with a 3-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers, and this result has seen them climb to 10th place in the EFL Championship table.
Graham Potter will have been delighted as his side mounted a second half comeback with an energetic, attacking display which was a stark contrast to the flat first half, where Swansea struggled to find any tempo or rhythm.
Although, Swansea have struggled overall in front of goal, they have now scored eight goals in three home games, and the hope is they are starting to find the answers to their problems going forward.
Swans v Reading Head to Head Stats
The overall head to head record between the two sides at the Vetch Field and Liberty Stadium is:
Games played: 39
Swans wins: 19
Reading wins: 13
Swans Goals: 63
Reading Goals: 49
Take a look at all of the historical results between the two clubs when they’ve met on Welsh soil, since their first meeting in Division Three South way back in 1921, on our Swansea City v Reading Head to Head Statistics page.
Swansea City v Reading Match Predictions
I think odds of Swansea to win the game at 5/6 (1.83) are quite generous. Swansea were very impressive in the second half on Tuesday and will be full of confidence heading into this weekend.
Despite Paul Clement’s reputation in Swansea as a defensive coach, they have conceded 14 goals in 7 away games and have just one clean sheet in eleven away games during Clement’s tenure.
I’d expect Swansea to extend that run with the manner of their second half display on Tuesday night and to go home with the three points.
I have said in previous match predictions about the attacking threat posed by Bersant Celina, and his late goal on Tuesday repaid this faith in midweek.
As discussed in other predictions, Bersant has had the most shots of any Swansea player this season, and odds of 9/1 (10.00) with BetWay of him opening the scoring on the weekend appeal again.
Although he is 7/2 (4.50) with BetWay, if you wish to be more conservative.
Another player, perhaps underestimated by the bookmakers to score, is Connor Roberts. I would wait for the team news before placing this bet.
However, if Connor is selected to play as a right winger, as he has done in some recent games, then odds of 11/1 (12.00) with BetFair and Paddy Power on him to score at any time, are also very appealing.
Connor is 25/1 (26.00) to score first with BetFred if you wish to have a bit more risk in your bet.
If Connor is selected at right back, then the value isn’t there, but it seems some bookmakers haven’t picked up on his change in his position and this could lead to a profit this week.
Bersant Celina – First Goalscorer: 9/1 (10.00) with BetWay.
Connor Roberts – To score any time: 11/1(12.00) with BetFair and Paddy Power (depending on team news).
Swansea to win: 5/6 with Bet365, BlackType and Matchbook.
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