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No end in sight to Boro’s misery

No end in sight to Boro’s misery


Middlesbrough will be desperate to complete the double over Swansea City but all the signs point to a home win on Sunday.

Boro beat a Swans side that was managed by Bob Bradley 3-0 in December, the only time they have found the net more than twice in a Premier League match this term.

They have only managed to score 20 goals in their 28 top-flight matches to date but have conceded only 33 times, the sixth best record in the Premier League and better than Liverpool and Arsenal.

Boro come into this weekend’s fixtures five points behind the Swans, but they do have a game in hand, so a victory on Sunday would be crucial for the Teessiders’ hopes of avoiding an immediate return to the Championship.

Boro are in a wretched run of form though – they have only won four games all season and have secured just four points in their last 11 games since their victory against the Swans.

Swansea appeared to have moved out of danger when they won five games out of eight recently but Paul Clement’s side have lost their last two encounters at Hull City and Bournemouth and need a victory this weekend to ease their drop fears.

The Swans have the worst defensive record in the top-flight but can be backed at 7/5 keep a rare clean sheet while they are 6/1 to clinch a narrow 1-0 victory.

They have won their last three Premier League games at the Liberty Stadium against Leicester City, Burnley and Southampton and should have too much for Boro on Sunday.

Swansea look good value at 15/2 to win the match from behind while Leroy Fer is 51/20 to score at any time.

Clement looks set to be without injured quartet Martin Olsson, Kyle Naughton, Nathan Dyer and Angel Rangel while the visitors have doubts over Calum Chambers, Daniel Ayala and George Friend.

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