Swansea City return to action on Saturday afternoon as they take on Middlesbrough.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Championship fixture at the Liberty Stadium.
What time is Swansea City v Middlesbrough kick-off?
Swansea City v Middlesbrough kicks off at 3pm behind closed doors on Saturday, March 6.
Is Swansea City v Middlesbrough on TV?
Yes, Swansea City v Middlesbrough is being broadcast live on Sky Sports.
Coverage on their Football channel begins at 3pm.
What about live streaming?
Sky Sports customers will be able to live stream the game via the Sky Go app.
The game will be streamed live on SwansTV for season ticket holders and fans in dark market regions. Season ticket holders will be able to watch the game using the viewing code they were sent via email prior to the first home fixture of the season.
Alternatively, you can also follow updates from the Liberty Stadium on our live blog which will be on Gist Vile’s Swansea City page from around 12pm.
What is the latest team news?
Ryan Bennett is expected to miss out once again due to a calf injury.
But Swansea have no fresh injury concerns following the 2-1 win at Stoke City.
Wayne Routledge is edging closer to being available following a spell on the sidelines with a calf injury.
Jordan Morris, Steven Benda, Tivonge Rushesha and Liam Cullen remain sidelined.
As for the visitors, Marcus Tavernier picked up a slight knock in his side’s 2-1 win at Coventry City and will be assessed ahead of the game.
Striker Ashley Fletcher remains sidelined with a muscle injury although Yannick Bolasie is available after recovering from a hamstring problem.
What have the managers said?
Steve Cooper: “Look at their [Middlesbrough] bench the other night. It’s full of talent, experience and league know-how.
“They’ve got loads of options to pick from. Similar to the other night against Stoke, it’s a highly resourced squad with everything in it.
“Like every other game, we’ll prepare for the opposition being at their best. They had a good away win the other night at Coventry. We know how tough it is to go there and get some sort of result.
“It’ll be a really tough game. He’s a very experienced manager. And they’ve got an extra day of recovery, but that’s got to fuel our fire even more.”
Neil Warnock: “They’re a good side. He’s got a good group of players and they’ve done ever so well.
“I think we can go anywhere and give them a game, as we did at Norwich and Brentford. It’s how we are.
“We’ve nothing to lose. We’ll not be going down there to shut up shop.
“You’ve got to hope that your strikers can cause problems and that our defenders can cope with the strike force that they’ve got.”
What are the latest betting odds?
- Swansea City win – 11/8
- Draw – 21/10
- Middlesbrough win – 11/5
(Odds courtesy of The Pools, correct at time of publishing)
Who is the referee?
Gavin Ward will take charge of proceedings in Swansea.
The Surrey official was the man in the middle for the 0-0 draw with Birmingham City and the 2-0 loss at Derby County.
He will be assisted by Adam Crysell and Matthew Jones while Trevor Kettle is the fourth official.
“I’m looking forward to this one,” David Prutton told Sky Sports.
“To say it was dramatic at the end of Swansea’s win at Stoke would be an understatement, but what a win it was, and it really does propel them perfectly into this game.
“We know what Middlesbrough are capable of under Neil Warnock.
“They are hard to beat and have had a decent week, so this could be a well-poised game. But I think the Swans will just have a little too much by the end.”
David Prutton predicts: Swansea City 2-1 Middlesbrough
- Swansea are unbeaten in four home league games against Middlesbrough (W3 D1), winning both of their last two by the same 3-1 scoreline.
- Middlesbrough are looking to complete a league double over Swansea for the first time since 1964-65.
- Swansea haven’t lost consecutive home league games since November 2019, losing to Millwall and Fulham.
- Middlesbrough haven’t won any of their last seven away league matches in Wales (D2 L5) since winning 1-0 at Cardiff in September 2014.
- Middlesbrough boss Neil Warnock has only won one of his 11 Football League away games against Swansea as a manager (D6 L4), losing 0-1 most recently in October 2019 as Cardiff boss. His only such win came in March 2009 with Crystal Palace (3-1).