Away form holds the key to Swansea’s top half hopes

After such a bright start to the season, holding defending champions Chelsea to a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge, things have gone a little quiet on the Swansea front lately.

Home wins over Newcastle and Manchester United pointed to an exciting season ahead for Garry Monk’s men, but the Welsh club have picked up two points from their last four Premier League games.

The 2014 League Cup Winners are 5/4 to claim a second successive top ten finish, and while that may not look too enticing now, there are a few reasons it may be worth backing sooner rather than later.

If the Swans could string together a few points away from the Liberty Stadium, they would comfortably be in the top eight. Thus far they’re yet to win outside of Wales, and couldn’t take a win away from either Sunderland or Watford.

Monk’s next two away trips see Swansea head to Aston Villa and Norwich however, who between them have one home win from eight games this season.

Should the Swans start picking up some away points, they’ll become very strong top ten contenders.

Added benefits to Swansea’s cause could come from further afield.

This season has been brought to life by three teams; Crystal Palace, Leicester and West Ham.

The trio currently sit fourth, fifth and sixth respectively, but the debate remains as to if any of them can keep up their sterling starts to the season, once injuries, suspensions and fatigue take hold.

West Ham dropped like a stone from fourth last Christmas to finish below the Swans in 12th, while Palace and Leicester were both relatively nowhere until impressive conclusions to the season produced a wave of momentum which some may argue both are still enjoying now.

There haven’t been too many column inches spared over Swansea in recent weeks, but they’ve quietly gone about their business, and in Andre Ayew already have one of the bargains of the season.

A 12/1 price for a top-six placing come May could be a little too much to ask, but should they find a solution to their travelling woes, a top 10 finish looks very promising indeed.

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Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.