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Swansea vs Blackburn in the EFL Championship on Feb 5. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

Swansea vs Blackburn in the EFL Championship on Feb 5. 2022 - Odds & Prediction

After suffering a 1-0 defeat at home to Luton on Tuesday, Swansea have earned just one point from the last nine on offer and since their hard-earned draw at QPR, they have also lost to Hull.

Which means the visit of Blackburn on Saturday is arguably one that they can do without and with Rovers dropping points against Luton themselves last weekend, they will look to return to winning ways in South Wales.

  • Kindly note that all information in this preview, including whether or not the events will take place, is subject to change due to Covid-19.
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Blackburn To Win

With Blackburn looking to solidify their current second place standing, dropped points will certainly not be on the agenda and after being held at Luton last week, the Ewood Park outfit know they are a target for others.

While being on target was something that eluded them at Kenilworth Road and if Blackburn can open the scoring at the Liberty Stadium, they should have enough defensive nous to grind out a win.

Which means backing Blackburn to win on their travels, is a bet that constitutes good value and if like me you think they will come out on top in South Wales, you can back them to win at odds of 2/1 with SportNation.

Swansea Form, squad news, opinion

After Steve Cooper took Swansea all the way to last season’s Championship play-off final, there was obvious disappointment when the Liberty Stadium outfit missed out on promotion to Brentford.

While that disappointment was only further magnified when Cooper departed from the club soon after and with this having all the hallmarks of the end of an era, the hunt for a new manager would begin.

A hunt that ended with the arrival of Russell Martin from MK Dons and although some supporters would have expected a drop off in performance, they would not have expected such a backwards march down the table.

At the time of writing this Swansea side currently find themselves lying 19th in the Championship standings and although relegation is not an imminent threat, it cannot be ignored either.

Admittedly the Swans are 12 points from safety and will likely have enough to stay in the division and therefore it may have to be considered as a season of consolidation. However, failure to progress next time around, may mean the end of the road for their current boss.

In terms of injuries and suspensions for the visit of Blackburn, Swansea have a clean bill of health and the only concern that manager Russell Martin will have, is whether or not Ben Cabango picks up his fifth booking of the season - one that would lead to a one match ban.

Blackburn Form, squad news, opinion

After being held away at Luton last weekend, Blackburn’s hopes of automatic promotion have taken something of a dent and although they currently occupy second place, they have played more games than their counterparts below.

Which means Blackburn are going to have to hope that points on the board are worth more than games in hand and with Tony Mowbray’s being one of the few Championship teams in league action this weekend, they will look to turn the pressure up on Bournemouth and QPR.

Especially as Bournemouth purchased no less than five players on transfer deadline day and with a quintet of new faces within the squad, they will now look to steal a march on Blackburn before the end of the season.

Which is why nothing other than maximum points will do for Blackburn on Saturday, because if they fail to go back to Ewood Park with a win in their pocket, the teams below them will smell blood.

There is no doubt that Blackburn have been punching above their weight this season and if they were to earn automatic promotion, it would be nothing short of a fairy-tale. For that to happen, then they must make sure the story does not end a couple of chapters too early.

In terms of injuries and suspensions for the trip to Swansea, Blackburn must once again do without the services of Bradley Dack, as he is still recovering from his Cruciate Ligament injury and new signing Dylan Markandy misses out with a hamstring injury.

History

As far as skirmishes between Swansea and Blackburn go, their battles are usually consigned to the lower tiers of English football, and they have only met twice in the Premier League (2011/12 season - 1 win each)

In terms of their overall head-to-head record, Swansea have won on 15 occasions, Blackburn 23 and there have been 8 draws

About the Venue

Although the Liberty Stadium was forced to lock fans out in recent weeks, it is thankfully open to paying customers once more and this means a rapturous South Wales crowd will be ready to cheer on Swansea this Saturday.

With COVID-19 restrictions being lifted in Wales, it means there is no longer the need to show a Vaccine Passport before attending the ground. Which means, match tickets are the only item that is required to be produced at the time of writing.

Conclusion

In fairness to Swansea, there has been little for them to write home about this season and with them languishing just above the relegation zone, they will go into this game playing the role of underdogs.

Something that will be music to the ears of Blackburn and after managing to hold on to Ben Brereton Diaz in the January transfer window, manager Tony Mowbray will hope he is back amongst the goals at the weekend.

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