Our prediction for this Championship match:
Buoyed by a thrilling 4-0 win over Watford, Swansea City will look to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on league leaders Burnley on Monday. The Swans quickly bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Reading, but they need to keep on making progress if they are to secure a top-six finish. With no fresh injury worries to report, boss Russell Martin is unlikely to make changes to the team that crushed the Hornets.
The Clarets, on the other hand, moved one step closer to securing automatic promotion thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Stoke City. Burnley look unstoppable at the moment, with the team eyeing their sixth consecutive league win, but beating Swansea in South Wales is easier said than done. Taking everything into account, we believe that both sides would be happy with one point from the match. Both Vitinho and Westwood are sidelined with injuries for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Joe Allen):
Joe Allen is another high-quality footballer from the new generation of Wales internationals, who was part of the team that took Swansea from League One to the Premier League, and he had no problems adapting to arguably the strongest league championship in Europe.
Allen operated as a deep-lying playmaker as the Swans impressed upon reaching the elite division, with his excellent passing skills persuading Liverpool to splash £15 million on his services. The central midfielder didn’t exactly manage to develop into an indispensable member of the side at Anfield, but he is considered an important squad player and has always performed well when called upon.
Meanwhile, he has been one of the pillars of the most successful team in the Wales history together with Gareth Bale, Ashley Williams and Aaron Ramsey, while even representing Great Britain at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Allen started five games for the Dragons as they secured the first ever appearance at the European Championship finals.
Highlighted Team (Burnley):
Burnley were one of the founding members of the Football League back in 1888. The Clarets did remarkably well to win the FA Cup trophy back in 1914 and the club owners have been trying to bring glory days back to Turf Moor ever since.
Burnley defeated Liverpool in the 1913/1914 FA Cup final and, no doubt, this is regarded as the greatest achievement in the club’s history. The Clarets finished the 2015/2016 Championship campaign in top position in the standings and, as a result, they will participate in the English Premier League in the 2016/2017 season.
Burnley play their home games at Turf Moor and the capacity of the stadium is 21,401. The Clarets have won two Community Shield trophies so far, in 1960 and 1973, but they have yet to clinch the Premier League title. Claret is the dominant colour of the team’s home shirts.