The division’s form side without defeat in nine, Swansea are flying high in 4th and were unlucky not to take three points from their game with Newcastle on Saturday. They are playing very attractive football and don’t concede many goals, especially at home. Moreover their recent away form has been impressive too, unbeaten in five, with their last reverse coming all the way back in November.
They will be coming up against a Plymouth side who won’t be lacking in confidence themselves, however, after a stirring comeback at Barnsley on Saturday saw Argyle put an end to a run of three defeats with a 3-1 win.
The problem for Plymouth, unlike many of the other sides down at the foot of the table, is consistency. Most clubs who are faced with relegation are down there because they are poor footballing sides that either don’t score enough goals or can’t keep them out at the other end. However I feel that the Pilgrims are one of the better teams down there. They can play football to rival any side in the division on their day and have picked up a handful of remarkable results this season, including away wins at Cardiff and Middlesbrough.
The problem is, they haven’t picked up enough decent results thus far. They have failed to win many of the games they would have fancied their chances of winning. And Argyle have really struggled to follow up their rare victories with wins in their following games. Sides battling for survival tend to find it very difficult to haul themselves out of the drop zone if they are incapable of putting a run together, such as Plymouth appear to be at the moment.
Even with present form aside one would tip Paulo Sousa’s Swans to be the favourites in this fixture. Take into account their impressive current run (and the fact that Plymouth won their last game) and it becomes even harder to see past an away win. 1-3.
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