What are the odds? Swansea City Away
Author: ExWHUEmployee. Published: 26 December 2016 at 12:48pm
This is written by @martinbackhouse
I hope you’re all enjoying the festive period. Three points on Boxing Day is all I genuinely want for Christmas, it’s a huge game. If you’re looking to place a bet on the match, look no further than the next few paragraphs.
Although Swansea beat us 4-1 in May, it was their only win in their last seven Premier League fixtures against us, which makes the 21/10 on offer with Betway for us to win at the Liberty very appealing. I wouldn’t say we’ve hit any sort of form yet but we’ve certainly begun to turn a corner after securing two scrappy 1-0 wins at home recently. This will be the third occasion that The Swans and us will play each other on Boxing Day; we’re unbeaten in both previous clashes (winning 3-0 in 1949 and drawing 1-1 in 1933). We’re 6/5 in the Draw no Bet market which could well be the way to go in this one. If you fancy a repeat of 1949, you can enjoy 28/1 on a 3-0 away win.
As well all know, and I eluded to it previously, it’s two clean sheets in a row for us in the league. We last kept three in a row in the competition in December 2015 and we’re a tempting 3/1 to keep another one in Wales. It’s also worth noting that since Bob Bradley took charge of his first Swansea City game on October 15th, the Swans have conceded 25 goals – more than any other side. 0-1 is available at 9/1, with 0-2 at 12s. If you fancy Swansea to get on the scoresheet on Boxing day, the better bet to go for may well be the 3/5 on offer for Both Teams to Score, albeit at a short price. Somewhat surprisingly, we haven’t won any of our last seven Premier League away matches against opposition that were placed in the relegation zone coming in to that match (W0 D5 L2). It’s 5/2 for a draw if you fancy it, 11/2 and 10/1 for 1-1 and 2-2 respectively.
Dimitri Payet has created 63 goalscoring chances in the league this season, and with Andy Carroll expected to lead the line against Swansea, we could well see the big man back to scoring ways. He’s 6/1 to notch the opener, 2/1 anytime. Furthermore, any free kick for Dimi on the edge of the box has a chance. He’s available with our sponsors at 7/1 to score first, 11/4 anytime. Others potentially worth a nibble are Michal Antonio at 7/1 FGS, 11/4 anytime and Noble at 14/1 FGS, 11/2 anytime. We love a penalty at the moment.
Swansea City won consecutive Boxing Day fixtures for the first time since 2007 last year, beating Aston Villa in 2014 and West Brom in 2015 – both by 1-0 scorelines. However, Boxing Day is ours this year. Whatever you’re betting on, good luck! Me? A 2-1 away win if I was going to stick my neck out, but I’ll personally play it safe this Christmas and opt for us in the Draw no Bet market at 6/5.
Merry Christmas to my claret and blue family. COYI