August 30, 2022 Sports Betting
On Wednesday, when they host Swansea City, Stoke City will play its first game under the direction of Alex Neil.
Following Michael O’Neill’s departure and a subsequent victory over Blackburn Rovers at the weekend, the Scotsman’s appointment was made official on Sunday.
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Stoke City, hoping to pick up where they left off under Michael O’Neill’s leadership, had a sluggish start to the new Championship campaign as they had four points from their first four league games going into a match against Sunderland.
A 1-0 loss for the Potters in that match Ross Stewart scoring the game’s only goal just before halftime—meant the end for O’Neill, and Black Cats manager Alex Neil was soon mentioned in connection with the open position in Staffordshire.
The Scotsman was present on Saturday when they traveled to Blackburn Rovers, and they were able to record their second Championship victory of the year thanks to Lewis Baker’s first-half goal, which was overseen by Dean Holden, their interim manager.
On Sunday, Neil became an official member of the team, and he will try to win the Potters’ second straight game in his debut game as manager as they work to move up to the Championship’s top pack in the coming weeks.
Swansea City, who have only five points from six games, are a team that is eager to put their own worrisome start behind them.
Aiming to improve upon a mediocre campaign from the previous year, Russell Martin’s team started out by traveling to Rotherham, where they were able to come away with a draw, before falling to Blackburn Rovers at home the following week.
The Welsh team then managed to record their first league victory of the year away at Blackpool thanks to a late goal from Olivier Ntcham, but they haven’t been able to build on that success. First, they blew a lead against Millwall in stoppage time after Ben Cabango and Nathan Wood’s own goals forced a draw.
The Swans traveled to Middlesbrough on Saturday hoping to turn things around after losing to Luton Town at home, but they once again came up short, losing then. Joel Piroe’s converted penalty was insufficient to spark a comeback after Riley McGree and Matt Crooks had given their hosts a lead.
Martin and his team will be anxious to see a shift in their fortunes as quickly as possible given the mounting pressure, but they will face another challenging test when they go to the Potteries in the middle of the week.
Stoke City will feel revitalized after the victory over the weekend, and the hiring of Neil should give the team an additional boost as a new manager so frequently does.
The Scotsman will regard Wednesday’s game as an excellent opportunity to get out in front against a Swansea team that is suffering, and we predict that they will win all three points with reasonable ease.