The leader of the English Championship, Burnley, will play the first game in 2023 away to Swansea. Fully deserved, one could say and expectedly, Burnley is first in the table after 25 rounds played. Just behind them is Sheffield United, who have 3 points less, and I think the only question that should be asked here is who will return to the Premier League from which position among these two teams. Although this league is extremely even, these two teams simply stand out from the other teams with their quality, and I think we will be able to see that today. Vincent Kompany is doing a fantastic job as Burnley manager. In support of that, the fact that Burnley has only two defeats in the last 25 games speaks for itself! They experienced one from Sheffield, and the other in the cup from Manchester United. They play equally well both at home and away and the result is inevitable. They are in great form lately and in the last 5 matches they have won all 5 with a great goal difference of 13 scored and only one goal conceded. I believe that they will not have an easy task today, but the quality is certainly on their side and I am quite sure that they will manage to win at least one point in this match.
Unlike them, Swansea has a rather bad season. They are in 12th place in the table, with 3 points less than the place that guarantees the playoff. The number of points won may not be so bad, but the game that Swansea is showing this season is quite variable and they must be satisfied with the position they currently occupy. After 25 rounds played, they have 9 wins, 8 draws and 8 losses. A somewhat unexpected win in the previous round against Watford was only their first league win since October. In order to get a positive result in this match, it is necessary for them to repeat the mistake-free game they showed against Watford, which I really don't think Burnley will allow. The match from the first part of this season, in which Burnley won convincingly 4-0, shows us that the quality is without a doubt on the visitors' side at the moment. I don't expect such a result to be repeated today, but as I already said, the form that Burnley has been in lately and quality that this team have gives me optimism that they will not lose in this match.