With a steady season for Swansea City under former manager Graham Potter in the 2018/19 Championship campaign, we were only nine points off a spot in the Play-Offs come the end of the season, but life at the Liberty Stadium became complicated over the summer as the gaffer departed and we had to welcome Steve Cooper to the job.
39-year-old Cooper has had a very good start to life at the club as he steps into his first proper managerial role, albeit with the head coach title, and following Saturday’s scoreless draw with Bristol City, Swansea continue to sit in joint first place in the Championship table – sharing 17 points with Leeds United where only narrow goal difference gives them the advantage.
Although there have only been eight matches played, there will be those in the fanbase tempted to make a flutter, if they haven’t already, on us returning to the Premier League this year via the automatic spots and you can see championship betting online offers to suit all circumstances, if you are that way inclined.
Having drawn a quick line under the defeat to Nottingham Forest with the point, Cooper will be hoping to see the squad get back to winning ways in the midweek EFL Cup third round clash with Premier League Watford, but with their 8-0 defeat by Manchester City, they will be out to make their own point on Tuesday evening.
Next Saturday’s clash with Reading at The Liberty Stadium is of more importance though and with Reading floundering down in 20th place – two wins and a draw earning them seven points so far – confidence has to be high that we can pick up our sixth win of the second tier campaign.