Swansea v Middlesbrough
13.30 - 2/4/2017 - Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Swansea won four of their first seven games under Paul Clement, but they’ve lost their last two, at Hull and Bournemouth, and so they’ve dropped down to 17th. They’re only three points clear of Hull, but remain five ahead of Boro as the sacking of Karanka had little effect on their performance against Man Utd, as they lost for seventh time in 11 winless games.
After a heavy defeat against Arsenal in their opening home game under Clement, the Swans have since won their last three at the Liberty Stadium, beating Southampton, Leicester and Burnley. They remain vulnerable defensively, however, as they’ve kept only one clean sheet in their last 14 overall but with Llorente and Sigurdsson in excellent form, they’ve scored in all but two of their nine games under Clement, with seven of these seeing more than two goals and four with more than three.
Boro looked much more open against Man Utd without Karanka in charge as they managed to score their first goal in five games. They seem to have realised that they need wins rather than draws to keep themselves in the division and since they’ve now kept only one clean sheet in their last seven even with their defensive approach, we could see goals in this one. We’re backing Over 2.5.
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