With their Premier League fixture list serving up formidable opponent after formidable opponent, Swansea will likely see the arrival of St Gallen in Europa League Group A as a welcome break from the tough fixtures they’ve been used to.
However, the Swiss outfit should not be underestimated as they travel to the Liberty Stadium in good form and are priced at 11/2 to return home with three points. The hosts have a 4/9 chance of sealing victory while the draw is 18/5.
It is the correct score market that looks the most attractive though, and in particular the 31/4 available on a 1-1 finish.
St Gallen don’t ship many goals
On their European adventure so far Swansea have become accustomed to free-scoring, bagging three or more goals in three of their five games. While they may find the net here, they won’t be allowed to run amok against this St Gallen defence, as the visitors have kept six clean sheets in the past ten games, three of which have come in the past three outings.
When the Swiss lads have allowed a goal in that run, it’s rarely opened the floodgates, conceding more than one goal just once and the hosts are priced at an intriguing 7/5 to score under 1.5 goals against them.
The Liberty is a both-teams-to-score hotbed
Admittedly Michael Laudrup has had to play host to managers from some exulted clubs so far this season, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal already passing through.
As would have been expected, all three of them managed to find the net but, more worryingly, so did minnows Petrolul Ploiesti in this competition’s qualifying stages.
In fact, both teams have found the net in four of the five games at the Liberty this term as well as in Swansea’s last two matches, making the 11/13 about both teams scoring worthy of major consideration.
The visitors are proving tough to beat
To go along with their miserly defence, St Gallen have been on a good run of form. They are unbeaten in ten matches, winning six of those games, and are showing themselves to be tough obstacles to overcome.
A draw and win respectively over daunting Swiss opponents Basel and Grasshoppers, along with their sweeping aside of Spartak Moscow over two legs in this competition goes a long way to prove the fact and a share of the spoils looks to be in the offing.