The last time that these two sides met happened to be the playoff final just over a year ago and it would be fair to say that Swansea enjoyed that day significantly more than Reading. However, after the Royals launched a terrific comeback to gain promotion last term, this fixture is once again on the schedule although the Swans once again seem to hold the upper hand as they sit in 11th place, as opposed to the 19th spot that their opponents occupy.
However, while Swansea may occupy a relatively comfortable league position for the time being, don’t be fooled into thinking that the Swans don’t have their problems. They may have started the season in frantic fashion, but Michael Laudrup must know that he has a huge job to replicate the success that Brendan Rodgers experienced at the Liberty Stadium last term. After winning the opening two matches, Swansea have proceeded to pick up just one point from their last four. Moreover, and perhaps more worrying, the club have lost their last three games. Considering the fact that these defeats have come to the likes of Stoke, Everton and Aston Villa, supporters must be concerned at just how their side will fare when they start to play against even bigger fish in the division.
Reading meanwhile have really struggled this term and most have already written the Royals off as certainties for relegation. Even though Brian McDermott’s men have played one game less than many of their rivals, a return of two points at this stage is quite dismal and certainly doesn’t bode well for the future. Nevertheless, some fans will have taken the positives out of the club’s most recent game, where the Madejski Stadium outfit held Newcastle to a 2-2 score line. However, having lost their only two away games in the league this term, there is likely to be little confidence flowing throughout the team ahead of this trip to Wales on Saturday.
Swansea could approach this game with a severe problem at the back, with Ashley Williams a major doubt as he struggles with illness and an ankle injury. It doesn’t get much for the Swans in other matters either, with Kemy Agustien also set to miss out as a calf problem hinders him. It’s a similar story for Reading who also look set to be without two players. Adam Federici is a definite absentee with a knee issue, while a dead leg looks almost certain to keep Mikele Leigertwood out of proceedings.
As for a prediction, we think the home advantage will count for everything in this clash and we can only tip Swansea for the three points. Even though the Swans have looked poor in recent weeks, this home encounter should prove the perfect opportunity to put a halt to this disastrous run and get some points on the board. With that, we’ll tip a 2-1 win for the Swans.