Stoke City v Swansea City Competition - Sky Bet Championship Date - 3 March 2021 Kick off - 8.15pm Venue - bet365 Stadium Following their disappointing 1-3 home defeat to Nigel Pearson’s Bristol City, next up for Steve Cooper’s Swansea squad is a tough looking away trip to Stoke. Last Saturday, Kasey Palmer scored against former club Swansea City as Nigel Pearson won his first game in the Bristol City dugout. Andre Ayew gave Swansea a deserved lead from the spot after Palmer, who was on loan at the Welsh side earlier this season, handled in the box. Nahki Wells swiftly levelled with a sharp finish before Palmer scored straight from a corner. Antoine Semenyo added a late third as Swansea lost a home league game for only the second time in 2020-21. This was a shock to the system for Steve Cooper's team, who were beaten after going in front for the first time this season. Cooper will be hoping that Swansea’s two consecutive Saturday defeats are the end of their ‘blip’ - both Norwich and Brentford have suffered similar stumbles and recovered - as they remain handily placed with 2 games in hand over both the Canaries and the Bees. Whilst the Swans were losing to the Robins, Ivan Toney scored his 25th Championship goal of the season as second-placed Brentford fought back to beat Stoke and move within four points of leaders Norwich. The hosts trailed after just 27 seconds when goalkeeper David Raya inexplicably passed straight to Potters wing-back Tommy Smith, who squared for Jacob Brown to tap in. Thomas Frank's side were lethargic in the first half, but levelled in style after the break through Vitaly Janelt's arrowed strike into the top corner from nearly 25 yards. Stoke hit the bar with Jordan Cousins' lob, but left west London empty-handed after striker Toney slotted past Angus Gunn from Bryan Mbeumo's nod-down. Victory for Brentford, coupled with defeats for promotion rivals Watford and Swansea, left them three points clear of third place, while 10th-placed Stoke lost ground on the play-offs. Since their first meeting on Christmas Day 1925, the Swans and Stoke have played each other on 75 occasions, with Swansea winning 24, Stoke winning 30 and 21 draws. Stoke did the double over the Swans last season, winning 2-0 at the bet365 Stadium: Turning to Wednesday, whilst not strictly a ‘make or break’ match, defeat would make the race for an automatic promotion spot much, much more difficult. Victory would make it so much brighter for the Swans, especially if Norwich were to beat Brentford in the 5.30pm kick off on Wednesday - the Swans will be taking the field in the full knowledge of the outcome of that game. That said, Stoke will need a win to maintain their hopes of a play-off place, and I’m expecting the Potters to run out 2-1 victors.