Aston Villa’s first meeting with Swansea earlier this season was a bit of a non-contest as it was played just hours after the death of Gary Speed, but far more energy is likely to go into the return fixture at Villa Park.
Both teams currently find themselves in the wrong half of the table and only marginally above the relegation places and for Villa in particular this is a fixture where maximum points may prove essential.
Aston Villa’s odds are 8/11 to beat Swansea and the omens are good for Alex McLeish’s side.
Swansea are still waiting for their first ever Premier League victory, while Villa are unbeaten at home against opposition considered among the relegation favourites.
Villa have already beaten Wigan and Blackburn at home and both of these successes have come by a two-goal victory margin.
Therefore, it may pay to back Villa to also beat Swansea 2-0 at 6/1.
Swansea may not have won an away game yet this season, but Villa are arguably the best opposition to end this run against.
McLeish’s men have lost all of their last three at home and only one goal has been managed in these fixtures.
It is 3/1 that Swansea leave Villa Park with the three points, while 12/5 is the price for the draw.
Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers would probably accept a draw before kick-off given that it is their results at home that will largely determine whether they finish the campaign in the bottom three.
Those fancying the draw can take advantage of 9/1 in the Premier League odds that the game finishes 0-0 like it did at the Liberty Stadium earlier in the season.