Lump on the 6/5 bets as Michu can help Swansea beat Stoke

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Stoke’s watertight defensive ship has run into some choppy waters of late and more goals are expected to be leaked when they travel to Swansea next.

Having conceded ten goals in a 15-match spell, Stoke have now let in the same number across their last three, as Southampton, Man City and Chelsea filled their boots.

Swansea are next in line to have a field day in front of goal and 6/5 seems fair value that Michael Laudrup’s men score over 1.5 goals.

The Swans have scored two or more in seven of their 11 Premier League home games so far, including against all of the opposition currently situated below them in the top-flight standings.

A win over Stoke will increase the gap between them to four points.

Meanwhile, all three Premier League meetings between the pair have resulted in 2-0 victories for the team playing at home.

Punters hoping for a slightly bigger payday can back this sequence continuing, with 9/1 the price on a 2-0 Swansea success.

Furthermore, in these three victories, the winning team has also been ahead at the break and Swansea are 11/5 to be leading at both half time and full time.

The one potential drawback to this bet is that Swansea have not been particularly proficient at shutting out the opposition at the Liberty Stadium this season, managing only two clean sheets in front of their own fans thus far.

This may result in some punters simply wanting to keep things simple and they can get 23/20 about a Swansea win.

Although, Swansea’s five-game unbeaten run has included four draws and it is 11/5 that the points are shared here, while a Stoke win is 5/2.

It is hard to tip anything Swansea related without seeing the price on Michu to score, especially as he has been on target in seven of Swansea’s 11 home league games this season.

He should be well rested after coming on as a late substitute in the midweek FA Cup defeat at Arsenal and is 6/5 to score at any time in the 90 minutes.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.