Stoke v Swansea - Monday 20:00, Sky Sports 1
Things are looking up for the Potters who are now unbeaten in their last four matches, winning their last two with accompanying clean sheets. Xherdan Shaqri scored a brace against Hull last week, dragging the Potters above the relegation zone in what was otherwise a relatively dull match, ensuring a comfortable victory in the end. Stoke head into this encounter full of confidence against opponents without a win in eight matches across all competitions, having lost six of these games and conceding first in six of the seven to feature at least one goal.
Swansea have improved under new manager Bob Bradley but still look short on quality, particularly in the final third. Their match against Watford last week was a poor game for the neutral observer, especially during the first half, though the Swans did try to force the initiative towards the end in what is possibly a hint at Bob Bradley’s approach. He made five changes from the defeat at Arsenal, with the Premier League debut for Alfie Mawson catching the eye with his performance in a tough physical test against the burly partnership of Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo. The former didn’t get a single touch inside the Swansea 18 yard box, and the change of personnel was justified by a clean sheet whilst Bradley’s other centre-half switch almost resulted in a goal, Mike Van der Hoorn slightly unfortunate not to score.
Neither side have a great defensive record to brag about here. Stoke have only kept one clean sheet in their last nine home matches whilst Swansea have conceded 19 goals in their last nine away games. There have been at least three goals in seven of Stoke’s last 10 at home and in nine of Swansea’s last 11 away from the Liberty Stadium. We think Stoke should just edge this one with home advantage and both Shaqiri and Arnautovic back on form. So we’re backing Stoke/both teams to score at 4.0 in light of the defensive issues surrounding both teams.£10 Free Credit and a £500 Deposit Bonus