Preston started the season in dismal fashion but they have since succeeded in hauling themselves out of the relegation zone and closer to a mid-table position in the Championship. Their fight may be far from over given that just seven points remain between themselves and the bottom three but there can be no denying that they are in a far healthier state than they were just a couple of months ago.
There are signs that the Lilywhites could start a slide back down the division with the Lancashire side having failed to win any of their last four outings. Of even more concern is the fact that their three defeats during this winless run have came against sides around them in the lower reaches of the league table – namely Hull City, Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United. A win on Saturday afternoon might be enough to get Alex Neil’s men back on track and it would certainly help them breathe easier for the time being, however we’re not too confident of Preston chances of managing anything for their efforts this weekend, the bookmakers giving away free bets on Preston North End v Swansea City.
As things stand, the visiting Swans sit 12th in the Championship table with just seven points separating them from the play-off berths. A relegation from the Premier League and a new manager at the helm was always going to be a tough mix for Swansea City to deal with but there is every reason to believe that the South Wales side can make a bid for a top-six finish if they can get their act together.
With thirteen goals scored in their last six Championship matches, Swansea City have been impressing on the scoring front and with weekend hosts Preston North End finding the net in all-but-one of their last seven outings, we envisage plenty of goal-mouth action on Saturday afternoon. We expect Swansea City to ease their way to victory but it won’t be a walk in the park for the visitors with Preston making life difficult and fighting them all the way, Ladbrokes Bookmakers going 21/5 on Swansea City to win and both teams to score.