Swansea v Spurs: Under 2.5 goals may be way to go at Liberty

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Arsenal won at Swansea in the last round of Premier League fixtures to maintain their pursuit of a top-four finish and the pressure is certainly on their north London rivals to do the same given their recent slump in form.

Tottenham head to the Liberty Stadium on the back of consecutive Premier League defeats and although they remain in the coveted fourth spot, the gap back to Arsenal has been reduced to just four points.

It is Spurs that are favourites for victory at 6/5, but aside from their blip in form, there are other reasons to suggest this price is too short.

Some 20 players from Spurs’ squad were called up to international duty in the past week, compared to Swansea’s five and Mr Indispensible Gareth Bale also had ankle and stomach problems representing Wales.

He should be fit to start, but there have to be doubts over whether he is at 100 per cent.

Swansea are 11/5 for victory and like Tottenham, they have been beaten in back-to-back games, while they have not claimed three points against any of the current Premier League top seven at home this season.

The only good news is that they had won three on the bounce at the Liberty until Arsenal’s visit.

Therefore, taking everything into consideration, the smart money in the match betting market may be on the draw at 12/5.

The other market of interest is whether under or over 2.5 goals will be scored, both of which are priced at 17/20.

Many will lean towards the overs as 80 per cent of Tottenham’s away games this season have seen at least three goals scored, alongside two-thirds of Swansea’s Liberty encounters.

However, the reverse fixture earlier this season was only 1-0, Bale’s fitness concerns have already been mentioned and Swansea’s main marksman Michu has only scored in one of his last 10 top-flight appearances.

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.