Shrewsbury Town are hoping to take a Premier League scalp to add to their impressive giant-killing of Championship Derby County in round one, but at 14/5 newly-promoted Swansea City should have too much class for their League Two opponents.
Given the chasm in the Football League ladder, the 13/4 price for Graham Turner’s men to cause an upset inside 90 minutes makes no real appeal, with the draw, priced at 13/5, no bigger than you’d see for matches in the same division.
One reason for such odds is the anticipation of wholesale changes to the Swansea starting line-up. In these early Carling Cup rounds, team news is key, with so many teams giving squad players and youngsters a much-needed run out.
Thankfully, Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers has given us a helping
hand, going all Jose Mourinho and naming his starting 11 at Monday’s press conference.
The Northern Irishman has made nine changes from the team that drew 0-0 with Wigan at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, but the line-up remains strong.
Rogers will hand a full debut to Leroy Lita, a £1.5 million signing from
Middlesbrough, and has drafted in Joe Allen and Mark Gower.
Interestingly, record signing Danny Graham keeps his place, and with 27 goals to his name last season, the former Watford frontman will see the game as the perfect chance to open his Swans account.
For their part, Shrewsbury have doubts over winger Jon Taylor, but bigger doubts over their stuttering form.
Among the pre-season promotion favourites following last year’s play-off semi-final defeat, the Shrews currently lie in 15th place with just five points, claiming their first league win on Saturday with a 2-0 victory against struggling Crewe.
A play-off hangover afflicts many a club in the early-season months and with Swansea eager for victory and with the firepower to do so, the Welsh side have to be the call, particularly given many of their players have done the lower league circuit and know exactly what to expect.
If an odds-on away success doesn’t take your fancy, the Swansea half-time/full-time double result is at 17/10, with Swansea minus one goal on the handicap available at 21/10. The latter price may interest some punters, particularly as Rodgers’ men beat this particular handicap in four of their nine away wins last term.
The Swans may not have scored yet this season but they have played well and
Graham, Lita and Luke Moore are a front three that should prove too much for Shrewsbury.
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