Swansea v West Brom: Welsh side to stall Baggies’ march

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It’s hard to believe that Swansea or West Brom are anything other than delighted with how they have done so far this season.

The Baggies are currently third in the Premier League table – just behind the Manchester giants – and have been slashed to a previously inconceivable 11/1 to finish in the Champions League spots.

Meanwhile, Swansea’s start has been rather more modest but the fact they’re not even being mentioned as being relegation candidates is of great credit to Michael Laudrup and his team.

All of which makes this a rather more exciting encounter than it looked like being pre-season.

The Baggies head into the game on the back of four straight Premier League wins, including a well-deserved 2-1 victory over Chelsea that helped ease former boss Roberto Di Matteo out of the Blues’ hot seat.

They are currently 2/1 outsiders for this game and that does look an extremely tempting bet considering their stellar recent form under Steve Clarke.

However, the Swans’ record at the Liberty was the sturdy backbone of their mid-table finish last season and it looks like fulfilling a similar role this term.

They have lost just one of their previous 10 league home games (a 3-0 defeat to Everton in September) and have held Chelsea and Liverpool in recent weeks.

Their unbeaten run now stretches to five games and, with Pablo Hernandez hitting form and Michu continuing to find the net, the 11/8 offered for them to emerge victorious doesn’t look too shabby – especially as the Swans beat the visitors twice last season.

It’s the draw that looks the most tempting of match bets though – the Swans have drawn four of their seven home league games this term, while West Brom have won just two of their six games away from the Hawthorns.

It may not be the most thrilling of punts but it’s the one that looks most likely to pay out.

 

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