With relegation closer than ever, Stoke City will be looking to redeem themselves as they host the Swans on 25th January at the Bet365 Stadium. Kickoff is at 15:00 GMT with both sides contended to pull off an immediate win.
Stoke City escaped the relegation side after a shocking 1-0 win over title leaders West Bromwich Albion on the Monday night clash. Swansea moved back into the play-off place after a 2-1 hoem victory at the hands of Wigan Athletic.
Rhian Brewster and Andre Ayew were both on point for the Swans as they lead ensured they were back into the playoffs. The ruthless streak by the team was praised by Cooper following the composure of the team in front of goal. Cooper aims to build on the win to transform the team’s chances of a ticket back to the Premier League.
Stoke City vs. Swansea City Head to Head
Both teams have met 17 times in the league with Stoke City picking nine wins while Stoke remaining with 5 wins. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Swansea City 2-1 Stoke City
Swansea City 3-1 Stoke City
Stoke City 1-0 Swansea City
Swansea City 1-2 Stoke City
Swansea City 2-0 Stoke City
Stoke City 3-1 Swansea City
Stoke City 2-2 Swansea City
Swansea City 0-1 Stoke City
Stoke City Team News
Veteran center back Ryan Shawcross who suffered a fractured foot is still on the sidelines recuperating. Midfielder Joe Allen has also aroused interest from a number of Premier League teams with his future with the Potters still in doubt. The future of the Wales International has been under heavy speculation ever since the opening of the January transfer window.
Another rising star who has elicited a lot of interest from Premier League side Sheffield United is Ryan Campbell. The young star marked the shocking goal that landed the Potters a victor over title contenders West Brom.
Swansea City Team News
Loanee Rhian Brewster was on point during the side’s clash with Wigan Athletic. The loanee is finding life in the Championship after the loan move from Liverpool. There is still doubt over the future of Swansea’s winger Adrew Ayew who has been given a € 18 million price tag.
Prediction and Odds
Swansea City have the upper hand over the Potters as they head into the clash. Despite the surprising win over West Brom, there is still much to be done by Cooper to show consistency in the team.
Swansea City win
Goals Under 2.5