David Prutton, the Sky Sports EFL pundit, has given his verdict on a crucial midweek clash for Steve Cooper’s Swansea City – as they take on Brentford at the Liberty Stadium.
Swansea surrendered their one goal lead at Oakwell on Saturday as managerless Barnsley hit back straight away with Alex Mowatt to claim a vital point in their fight to stay in the division.
As far as the South Wales side were concerned, it was two more points dropped. The Swans have been on a poor run of late, and have won just one of their last five league games. Despite the mini slump, Cooper’s side sit third in the league, just three points off top spot.
Brentford meanwhile claimed the win of the weekend in the EFL, as they scored three quick-fire goals in the last ten minutes to overcome Millwall 3-2, in what was a special affair at Griffin Park. It was an amazing turnaround for the Bees, with Ollie Watkins’ winner in the fourth minute of stoppage time sending Brentford fans into pandemonium.
On the Sky Sports website, Prutton provided his verdict on the contest between the two, predicting a 2-2 draw for the two sides.
A win for the hosts will go a long way in stopping the rut and reaffirming their ambitions for automatic promotion, which will do wonders for the side’s confidence.
The visitors have also been inconsistent of late, but back to back wins for Thomas Frank might go a long way to easing the pressure the Danish Head Coach currently faces from a section of Bees fans.
Who will come out on top between Swansea and Brentford?
Once again, this fixture is a very difficult one to predict when it comes to the recent form of both sides. However, it is more likely that Swansea will come away with the three points. Swansea will want to erase the demons of the last time they played at home – a 2-1 defeat to Nathan Jones’s Stoke City.
Unfortunately for the West London side, they have a dismal record against their next opponents. Their last win against Swansea came all the way back in 2005 – a 2-1 win when both sides were plying their trade in League One.
However, there is every opportunity the two sides could cancel each other out, as both Swansea and Brentford are regarded as possession-based sides. We will have to wait and see.