Surprisingly Good Start for The Swans
At the start of the Championship season, the talk was about West Brom and Stoke coming down from the Premier League and looking like they could bounce straight back up at the first opportunity. While those conversations were taking place, a team that no one was talking about was Swansea. Like Stoke and West Brom they also came down from the Premier League, and they have surprised many with the start they have made and how quickly they have adjusted to life in the English second tier.
Swansea have made a few changes this summer, and also brought in Graham Potter to be their new manager. With the moves made it would have been no surprise to see Swansea use this season to find their feet before attacking the top of the Championship next season. However, with the start that has been made, they may need to rethink their strategy. After two wins out of their opening two games they are currently in 4th position, and have the chance to go top of the league on Friday night with a win against Birmingham.
A 2-1 away win on the opening day against Sheffield United gave Swansea the best possible start to life in the Championship. They followed that up with another win, this time at home to Preston. Both of those teams performed well in the Championship last season and they set a very good benchmark for Swansea to aim for, so beating them both is a very good sign. The Swans will be looking to make it three out of three when they visit Birmingham on Friday night, and the potential to move to the top of the table, even if just for a short time, is something that will no doubt drive them on. Birmingham are towards the bottom of the table and are yet to pick up a competitive win in any competition so they could really do with the three points themselves, something that is sure to make this a well contested game.
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Swansea Favourites for Trip to Birmingham
The bookmakers have made Swansea favourites for their trip to Birmingham on Friday night. They are priced up at 31/20 to beat The Blues, with Birmingham priced up at 39/20 and the draw at 43/20. A win would fire them to the top of the table with other teams playing later in the weekend, something which not too many people would have predicted before we had kicked a ball in the Championship season.