While much of Sunday’s attention at Goodison Park focused on Everton’s inability to put away some excellent chances, Swansea were rewarded for a resolute display with a second successive Premier League win.
New head coach Francesco Guidolin got off to a flying start in his first match in charge of the Welsh club, with the 2-1 win on Merseyside following on from the 1-0 success over Watford last Monday.
Results elsewhere mean Swansea will head into February four points clear of the drop, and that safety margin is reflected in the 9/2 with Ladbrokes on the 2013 League Cup winners to be relegated this season.
The price is a huge change from the 6/4 available on the Swans before their clash with Watford, and replicates the upturn in optimism around the Liberty Stadium.
It remains to be seen what, if any transfers Guidolin makes before the transfer window slams shut on Monday 1 February, but the club’s next three fixtures may provide a huge opportunity to take a step towards Premier League football next season.
The Swans head to West Brom next Tuesday with the Baggies winning just two of their last 10 league games.
Guidolin’s men are 2/1 to win at the Hawthorns, before they welcome out-of-sorts Crystal Palace to south Wales.
Palace are enduring a six-game winless streak which has seen Alan Pardew’s south Londoners lose each of their last four matches.
The final match of this trio sees Southampton head to the Liberty Stadium, and again Swansea will be sniffing points with the Saints claiming just one away win in their last five.
Come out of that triumvirate with six points or more and Swansea would be on at least 31 points with 11 games to go.
Guidolin has a knack for getting clubs higher than they perhaps should be, and the Italian will have been made well away of the points realistically on offer in the coming weeks.
This season’s table is shaping up to see 38 points be a comfortable safety figure, and the newly revitalised Swans have every chance of reaching that threshold with time to spare.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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