Swansea v Blackburn, Sat 15:00
Equal in terms of recent form, this weekend’s encounter between Swansea City and Blackburn Rovers promises to be a tight affair as Bet365 offer even odds on the Welsh side snatching the win.
Both sides are going through rough patches, losing their last four on the bounce but should they summon up the kind of form showcased in the first half od the campaign, the Swans certainly have the potential to send Blackburn on the long journey back to Lancashire empty-handed.
Scoring hasn’t been a particularly strong suit for Brendan Rodgers’ men who have relied more on their ability to defend in order to gain results.
The Welsh outfit have managed to keep a clean sheet in 44% of their matches at the Liberty Stadium this season, conceding on average just 0.88 goals per game.
However, even the Swansea attack might shine on Saturday given that Blackburn have one of the worst defence in the English top flight, not to mention its very worst when playing in unfamiliar territory.
Steve Kean’s side will have felt aggrieved to have come away from their midweek fixture against 10-man Liverpool without so much as a point.
The Reds managed an early double but the sending off of Alexander Doni, already deputising for the suspended Pepe Reina, ensured that Rovers were allowed back into the game.
At times, the Rovers attack looked fluid against their stunted opposition but if Tuesday’s defeat is anything to go by, Swansea should be able to stand firm against the Blackburn threat on goal, just as they have against the likes of Manchester City, Newcastle, Tottenham and Arsenal.
With a weekend victory, Swansea can strengthen their argument for a mid-table finish and move up to 12th while three points for the visitors could see them climb out of the relegation zone providing Wigan lose their game against Arsenal.
Swansea have no new injury concerns to worry about whereas Kean will be hoping to bring defensive duo Martin Olsson and Bradley Orr back from injury.