Our prediction for this Championship match:
Birmingham City and Swansea City, the two teams who are almost level on points in the Championship table, face each other at St. Andrew’s Stadium in what is expected to be a close encounter. The Blues aim to build on a 2-1 win over Stoke City, but Tuesday’s game will be anything but a walk in the park for the home team. Krystian Bielik is banned for the match due to the accumulation of yellow cards, while fellow midfielders Gary Gardner and Przemyslaw Placheta are out of contention with injuries.
The Swans, on the other hand, are on a three-game winless run, but they came from two goals behind to share the spoils with Wigan in their last league fixture. The Welsh outfit failed to win the previous three away games in the English second tier, and we do not believe that they are capable of grabbing more than one point from the midweek clash. Both Joe Allen and Liam Walsh are injured for the away team.
Highlighted Player (George Friend):
George Friend has played for no less than nine English clubs so far in his career. Friend made his first-team debut for non-League club Exeter City on April 17, 2006 in a goalless draw with Forest Green Rovers and he stayed at St James Park until 2008. After ending his loan spells with Tiverton Town and Team Bath he joined Wolverhampton, but he made no more than seven appearances for the Wolves in the league.
The 188-cm-tall left-back, who is capable of playing as a centre-back as well, played for the likes of Millwall, Southend, Scunthorpe United and Exeter City on loan during his spell with Wolverhampton and at the end of the 2009/2010 season he signed a two-year deal with Doncaster Rovers. Friend made his Doncaster debut on August 7, 2010 in a 2-0 win over Preston and after three years at the club he was sold to Middlesbrough for a fee of £100,000.
The left-footed defender has been playing for Boro ever since and you should know that he made 24 appearances for the club in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign.
Highlighted Team (Swansea):
Swansea City AFC is a Welsh football club from Swansea and is currently playing in the English Premier League. The biggest rival Swansea City is Cardiff City which is next to Swansea City the only football club from Wales that played in the PremierLeague.
Swansea City was founded in 1912 under the name ‘Swansea Town’. The first venue where Swansea City played was The Vetch Field. The club grew in members and fans and on 23th of July 2005 Swansea City opened the Liberty Stadium which holds a capacity of 21 000 supporters. The fans of Swansea City prefer to use the non-commercial name: White Rock Stadium.
In the history of Swansea City the club managed to win the Football League One twice and the Welsh Cup 10 times. So far the Welsh club didn’t win any prizes in the highest English divisions. Known players that wore the Swansea jersey are Lampard, Toshack, Martinez and Bony.