Birmingham City vs Swansea City Betting Preview – 17/08/2018

Birmingham City vs Swansea City Betting Preview – 17/08/2018

Birmingham City vs Swansea City

Birmingham City face Swansea City at St. Andrew’s on Friday night in a meeting of two sides who have had corresponding starts to the new Championship season. Birmingham are still waiting for their first win, after taking just a point from their first two games and face a Swansea side who have won back-to-back matches to kick-off the new campaign.

The Blues’ start was made even worse on Tuesday night, as they lost 2-0 away to Reading in the Carabao Cup, albeit with a much-changed side. Garry Monk won’t have viewed the League Cup as a priority for his team this term, though he certainly wouldn’t have complained had they finally got their first win of the new campaign at the Madejski Stadium.

Opening with a 2-2 draw against Norwich City, they faced Middlesbrough last weekend with the goal of trying to stop their promotion-contending opponents from winning back-to-back home games. They were unable to do so, as Boro got one over their former manager thanks to Britt Assombalonga’s goal that earned them another three points in the Championship and maintained their unbeaten start in the second tier.

For Birmingham, the early signs suggest this could well be a difficult campaign after struggling in each of their first three games. However, their brightest performance so far came at St. Andrew’s against Norwich and they will feel far more comfortable playing at home on Friday night. Goals could well be the issue for Blues this term, with Che Adams, Omar Bogle, Lukas Jutkiewicz and Beryl Lubala being the men they will look to in attack.

None have particularly prolific records in the Championship over recent years and a loan signing could well be needed in the coming weeks. Including the backend of last season, Birmingham have performed well at home under Monk, going unbeaten in each of their last six matches in front of their home supporters. Winning four of those, this weekend’s game will be a real test as they face a Swansea side who have made an excellent start to life under Graham Potter.

The Swans will likely be the fresher of the two sides also, having been excluded from Carabao Cup action in midweek. Graham Potter has had a terrific start to life at the Liberty Stadium, having seen his team win each of their first two games in solid, if not spectacular fashion. After coming from behind to beat Sheffield United 2-1 on the opening day, the Swans followed it up with a 1-0 victory at home to Preston last weekend.

Jay Fulton looks set to play a bigger part in the Swansea first team this term, having made just 26 appearances in his first five seasons with the club, but the 24-year-old repaid his manager’s faith in him by scoring the winning goal at the Liberty Stadium last time out. Oliver McBurnie will have been frustrated not to have scored his second goals in as many games against Preston after missing from the penalty spot early in the first half.

Yan Dhanda scored the team’s winner at Bramall Lane on the opening day, but the former Liverpool winger was an unused substitute with Potter preferring to go with Bersant Celina and Barrie McKay out wide. Their start sees the team currently sit fourth in the Championship table and they will hope to be in and around the top six come the end of April.

Potter has reintroduced the formerly well known ‘Swansea way’ in the early stages of his tenure, encouraging his team to be positive and confident playing with the ball out from the back. The Welsh club lost their identity somewhat towards the back end of last season under Carlos Carvalhal, where they appeared to be solely concerned with stopping the opposition with their rigid 5-4-1 formation often on display.

Swansea have one of the youngest squads in the division but have bags of talent throughout and they will hope that, along with their youthful enthusiasm, will be able to cancel out the lack of experience within the side. At 30, full-back Martin Olsson is the oldest player to have featured for the club in the Championship so far this season.

Three points will undoubtedly be the objective for the visitors on Friday night as they look to become the latest team to get one over former manager Monk.

Recommended bets:

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