After a lively weekend of Sky Bet Championship action, we are straight back into the action with the second midweek round of this season as Stoke host Swansea in Tuesday’s big match.
Both teams have enjoyed contrasting starts to the season with the Swans challenging for promotion whilst Stoke are still adjusting to second tier football.
Stoke will be without summer signing from Swansea, Sam Clucas due to a knee injury.
Winger, James McClean is also absent with a broken wrist.
Swansea are currently gripped in a midfield crisis with Bersant Celina (ankle), Jay Fulton (cut head), Tom Carroll (hip) and Leroy Fer (Achilles) all ruled out.
Stoke are currently sat fifth bottom after taking just one win and three draws from their opening seven league games.
They however are unbeaten in their last two home matches across all competitions after beating Hull and Huddersfield last month.
Swansea have taken just one point from their last three league games, after going unbeaten in their previous four with two wins and draws apiece.
- Stoke have lost just one of their last six meetings with Swansea (W4, D1).
- Four of those six games saw both teams score with the pair of one scoring team results coming at Swansea’s Liberty Stadium.
- Last season’s meetings both ended 2-1 to Stoke with six different goal scorers across both games.
- Stoke are yet to lose a home game against Swansea since March 2001, winning eight and drawing four across all competitions.
- Swansea last won back to back away games in January 2017 when they beat Crystal Palace and Liverpool.
Both teams were relegated last season but this is a tough match to call because Stoke have the omens favouring them but are struggling to adjust to the Championship.
Swansea meanwhile have found their feet quickly and are unbeaten away from home.
Given the different form that both sides are in and Stoke having the better record in this fixture, I feel that a draw would be the best result at this time of season here.
Prediction: Stoke City 1-1 Swansea City
Result: Stoke City 1-0 Swansea City