Swansea v Reading Prediction, Tips & Stats

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Swansea v Reading Prediction, Tips & Stats

Championship tips and odds as Swansea City play host to strugglers Reading on Saturday afternoon.

Swansea City are playing football in the image of highly-rated young manager Russell Martin, who successfully implemented a similar front-foot style in League One with MK Dons last year. They top the Championship for both average possession (61.7%) and passing accuracy (85.2%). This originally yielded mixed results, but the Welsh club are gradually improving in terms of converting their style into wins - they've won five of their last eight matches and now sit just four points off the play-off spots.

Martin praised his Swans for being "dominant, controlled, patient but purposeful" following Wednesday evening's 2-0 win at relegation-battlers Barnsley, ensuring there'd be no immediate new manager bounce for Tykes boss Poya Asbaghi, with goals coming in the 74th and 79th minute in the hard-fought win.

Reading sit 21st in the table after their recent six-point deduction, which leaves them just two points above the relegation zone. Things being a mess off the pitch are starting to be mirrored by their on-field performances; they were flat in a 1-0 defeat at home to Sheffield United in midweek and have lost five of their last seven in the Championship, and six of nine matches on the road this season.

Swansea are unbeaten in seven meetings with Reading since they returned to the Championship in 2018. They've won three times at the Madejski since then, including a 3-0 in the League Cup back in August, but the last two meetings at the Liberty Stadium ended as draws.

Swansea v Reading Betting Tip

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SWANSEA TO WIN TO NIL @ 15/8

Swansea Team News

21-year-old Republic of Ireland international Michael Obafemi, who joined from Swansea City in the summer, is not up to the requisite fitness and conditioning according to head coach Russell Martin. He was left out in midweek and isn't expected to feature here, but otherwise Swansea are blessed with no injury or suspension concerns.

Expect to see few changes from what was an impressively complete performance at Oakwell on Wednesday, but Olivier Ntcham and Ryan Manning will hope for a spot in the XI after coming off the bench and combining for the opener against Barnsley.

Joel Piroe will likely continue leading the line, while Manchester United loanee Ethan Laird is one to watch in his right wingback role.

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Reading Team News

Andy Carroll has now played an hour of football for the Royals, having featured twice off the bench over the past week after signing as a free agent earlier this month. The towering striker is unlikely to start here and may be exclusively an impact substitute, but it may be a role that proves valuable after featuring in the build-up to Scott Dann's equaliser in last weekend's 1-1 draw against Nottingham Forest.

Expect to see George Puscas continue to be called upon to lead the line by head coach George Puscas, with Ovie Ejaria and John Swift offering creativity in midfield, with Chelsea loanee Danny Drinkwater slotting in deeper, ahead of Liam Moore and Dann in the centre of defence.

Junior Hoilett (hamstring), Jahmari Clarke (ankle), Michael Morrison (leg), Andy Rinomhota (ankle), Yakou Meite (knee), Tom McIntyre (foot) and talismanic striker Lucas Joao (hip) remain sidelined through injury.


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