Swansea vs Middlesbrough – Betting Preview
Middlesbrough travels a great distance to Swansea City with the hopes of securing the victory that will keep the team in the running for automatic promotion.
Swansea are way down in the Championship standings in 17th place, seven points behind the visitors who are now in second place.
The Welsh team has only won three of their last 19 second-tier games, virtually destroying any lingering chances of mounting a late playoff challenge.
Such ambitions were still present going into the match at Luton Town last Saturday, but the fifth-place team was able to secure a victory at Kenilworth Road.
Now that Russell Martin’s squad is facing two more challenging games against the teams occupying third and seventh place, respectively, the level of difficulty could be sufficient to maintain Martin in his position even if his team’s winless run grows to six games.
Swansea are currently on a downward trajectory, and only victories and a more united front in the transfer market during the summer may be enough to keep Martin at the club!
Middlesbrough benefited from Sheffield United losing three of their previous five Championship games, giving them motivation in the battle for second place.
Yet, Michael Carrick’s team is once again considered an outsider following their 2-0 loss at West Bromwich Albion on February 25 and the Blades’ close victory over Reading in midweek.
Despite this, the former England international is still convinced that his team can retain the pressure on their opponents, especially after getting back on track with last weekend’s 5-0 thrashing of Reading.
The North-East club has won six of its last seven games, but Carrick is aware that if they want to continue competing for automatic promotion, their road performance must eventually improve.
Boro have lost three of their last seven fixtures on their travels, something which will leave Swansea feeling optimistic about getting back on track!
1×2 Betting Odds
Martin and his players may enjoy the role of underdogs in this game because they know that another victory needs to be recorded as soon as possible.
And heading into this one, the home side are actually the underdogs @ 3.37.
Since Carrick’s hiring, Middlesbrough has been the undisputed leader in front of goal, and we anticipate it to continue even on Saturday!
Given their recent form and position on the points table, Middlesbrough are the favourites to win this @ 2.26.
The market odds of a stalemate and points shared between the two, stands @ 3.60.
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals scored will be over 2.5, stands @ 2.01.
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 1.92.
The market seems to be on the edge with this given the dead even odds of over/under.
So expect a tight match where the away side will do enough for the victory!