Norwich City and Swansea City square off in the Championship on Friday night looking to strengthen their bid for automatic promotion.
Second-placed Swansea City can close the gap with EFL Championship leaders Norwich City with a win as the two sides clash on Friday.
While the leaders currently hold a five-point advantage over their hosts, Swansea possess a game in hand on the Canaries ahead of the fixture at the Liberty Stadium.
Steve Cooper’s Swansea City are not the most bewitching of sides in the EFL Championship. But if they win Friday’s ‘six-pointer’ against table-toppers Norwich City, they will be well placed to take over at the top over the coming weeks.
Tuesday saw Norwich City forgo an excellent opportunity to go further clear at the top as they were held to a goalless draw by Millwall. Gary Rowett’s Millwall sat deep and the Canaries found it challenging to find inroads or break down the low block.
Reason for Swansea City vs Norwich City predictions:
- Swansea are unbeaten in their last 10 Championship matches on home soil.
- The Swans have drawn three of their last five league games at the Liberty Stadium.
- Norwich boast the best away record in the Championship, losing just once on the road.
Swansea have been in impressive form of late, as they are unbeaten in nine matches across all competitions, winning seven of those games.
The Swans are very much in the automatic promotion hunt, but they will head into this game four points behind league leaders Norwich, who also boast the best away record in the division, winning eight of their 12 games on the road.
Swansea City and Norwich City have clashed 57 times till date. Norwich City have the slightest edge over their Friday opponents, having won 24 times while the Swans have won 23. 10 matches have ended in draws.
The last time these two sides locked horns was earlier this season and Norwich City lost 1-0 at home.
Having missed out on opportunities to extend their lead at the top, Norwich are now under pressure to avoid defeat against one of their biggest rivals. Norwich struggled against Millwall’s lowblock in their last outing and it won’t be much different against a Swansea side that has conceded five less goals than any other side in the Championship. Swansea will try to make the home advantage count but this one could end up being a draw.
Our Prediction: Draw @ 3.20
Source: BetInAsia Black