Two sides that sit just one point apart from each other in the Championship meet at the Liberty Stadium this Saturday, as Preston North End takes on Swansea City. Swansea find themselves up in seventh place after taking four points from their first two fixtures, whereas Preston sit in tenth, just a single point behind. Neither side will want to suffer a defeat in this one, especially Swansea City who remain unbeaten as they head into matchday three. When these sides last met at the Liberty Stadium last season, the Swans took the three points with a 1-0 victory.
Steve Cooper will be glad to see his side heading into matchday three having not lost a game yet, but will be hoping they can maintain the same performance levels they have displayed so far. Following their pre-season preperations, the Swans went up against Hull City in the opening game of the season and after 90 minutes they took the three points with a 2-1 win. Their previous and most recent fixture had them face Derby County, who proved to be difficult opponents as they held onto a 0-0 draw at Pride Park.
Preston North End started the season with a disappointing defeat, but managed to find their form in the following game. Now after two games, the Lilywhites sit up in tenth looking to overtake their upcoming opponents. Before their first game of the new season, Preston went up against Newcastle United and secured an impressive 2-1 win, but started the season with a loss against Millwall, who beat them 1-0. However, they bounced back last time out when they faced Wigan Atheltic, who put up little resistance to their attack as Alex Neil’s team went on to win 3-0.
Steve Cooper has favoured a 4-2-3-1 layout for his sides opening two games of the season and with them yet to lose a game, we expect them to stick with the same formation. Steve Cooper has a fully fit side at his disposal for this upcoming fixture, so could name an unchanged starting XI once again.
Unlike their opponents, Alex Neil will be without a couple of players in Josh Harrop and Ryan Ledson, who are injured and suspended respectively. Louis Moult got himself off the mark in his last outing against Wigan Atheltic, so you can expect to see the forward starting upfront once again. Both Paul Gallagher and Sean Maguire also bagged themselves goals against the Latics and will likely remain in the starting XI on Saturday.
Both sides have made decent starts to the new Championship season, but with the home advantage we are backing the favourites Swansea City to take the three points in this meeting. You can find the hosts priced at 2.05 to win, while their opponents sit at 3.60. We fancy the hosts to host to keep a clean sheet in this one also, with them conceding just one goal in their first two fixtures.