Swansea City predictions
- Number of Bets: 34
- Winning Bets: 15
- Average Odds: 2.09
- Overall Stake : 254
- Profit: 211.54
- Yield: -16.72 %
The relationship between Swansea and Cardiff City has often been described as the most hostile rivalry in British football, and that’s saying a lot in itself. Even referees have been known to need medical treatment in the South Wales Derby.
It hasn’t always been that way, however. Right up until the 60s, the two clubs acted towards one another as good neighbours, each supporting the other in clashes with other clubs.
Apart from Cardiff, Swansea consider Bristol City and Bristol Rovers as rivals to an extent, though both of these clubs, like Swansea, feel a fiercer enmity towards Cardiff. Newport County is also somewhat of a South Wales rival, though the Swans rarely play them with two divisions standing in between at the moment.
The club was founded officially in 1912 under the name of Swansea Town AFC, in an area rich in rugby tradition. They rented a site called Vetch Field to be their ground, and it remained their home all the way until the 2005 FAW Premier Cup final when they beat Wrexham by 2-1.
Swansea fought their way through the regional divisions in their early years, and the 1919/20 was their last in the Southern League (South 1). After that, they spent decades floating between the EFL divisions, making their first appearance in the top flight in 1981/82. They survived their first season there but were relegated the following one, and the struggles continued until 2011. The period between then and 2018 is certainly their most successful ever with seven consecutive top-flight campaigns, during which they were known to take scalps even from the biggest clubs in the country.
It was Brendan Rodgers, who would go on to lead Liverpool for a while and is now with Leicester City, that guided the team to the Premier League promotion, the first for a Welsh club since it was reorganized in 1992. But it was Michael Laudrup who led them to the first and so far the only major trophy in their history – the 2012/13 League Cup.
In 2017/18, under the command of Carlos Carvalhal, Swansea finished in 18th place after losing their last five league games of the season. They were, therefore, relegated to the Championship.
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