Swansea v Stoke Betting Tips
With two matches of the Premier League season remaining, Carlos Carvalhal knew that his Swansea players held their future firmly in their own hands.
The Swans needed only to beat fellow relegation strugglers Southampton and the already relegated Stoke to retain their top flight status but fluffed their lines remarkably when the Saints came to south Wales on Tuesday night.
Swansea’s inability to score goals cost them dear as a Manolo Gabbiadini goal condemned them to a 1-0 defeat which in turn went a long way to sealing their fate. All that’s left for Swansea to do is continue to fight until the very last whistle and hope that other results go their way.
Unfortunately, Swansea won’t find things easy against Stoke on the final day of the season. The Potters have been in disarray all season but the pressure will be off their shoulders now that relegation is confirmed and every player will be keen to impress given that their own futures are on the line.
It won’t be pretty but we could actually be treated to an entertaining match at the Liberty Stadium with plenty of action.
Stoke to Drag Swansea Down with Them
For many years, Swansea were held up as the example of how a smaller club should be run in the Premier League. Despite not having access to the riches of many of their competitors, Swansea were well run from the boardroom down and employed managers who put an emphasis on attractive, attacking football.
Things are very different now. Long time chairman, Huw Jenkins, has fallen out with fans groups and the American owners have made big mistakes in terms of recruitment.
Clued up Swansea fans have long been worried about the happenings at the top level but even the casual fan has had reason to be alarmed for the Swans’ performances on the pitch this season. After an initial upturn in fortunes following the appointment of Carvalhal, Swansea’s form has fallen off a cliff with the Southampton defeat making it eight games without victory.
Most concerning is the fact that those eight games have yielded just two goals. You can’t win games if you can’t score and you can’t stay up if you don’t win games. The pressure is clearly having a major impact on the Swansea team and it’s the lack of pressure on Stoke that could see the Potters at least go out on a high.
Stoke are a big price to win at $5.50 with Bet365 but that looks a punt worth taking.
Potters to Capitalise on Subdued Atmosphere
The Swansea fans did all they could in the match against Southampton. Those who packed into the Liberty Stadium made a great noise in the early stages but the atmosphere fell understandably flat when the home side fell behind.
The atmosphere could be flat from the start on Sunday which is why Stoke look a good bet to score the game’s first goal at $2.90 with Centrebet.
If Stoke do make the breakthrough, it could come through one of the club’s few players to retain his popularity with the fans, Peter Crouch.
Stoke have far too many mercenaries on their books but Crouch is one of those who really cares about the club and the fans. With nothing to play for, Paul Lambert can reward the players who deserve to play with a start at the Liberty Stadium and that might just produce a positive result which begins with a Crouch goal so back him to score first at $9.50 with Unibet.
Charlie Adam is another who clearly cares about the Stoke fans and he was incredibly honest in his assessment of what has gone wrong. Adam won’t have won many friends in the Stoke dressing room with his harsh words but he did the right thing in questioning the attitude of some of his teammates. He could also do the right thing on the pitch on Sunday by scoring any time at $8.50 with bookmaker.com.au.
Top Betting Tips
Stoke to win at $5.50 with Bet365
Stoke to score first at $2.90 with Centrebet
Peter Crouch to score first at $9.50 with Unibet
Charlie Adam to score anytime at $8.50 with bookmaker.com.au