Defeat in their history-booktastic first top-flight Welsh derby against Cardiff highlights the listless form Swansea have found themselves in of late.
Shorn of lanky go-to goal-merchant Michu they may be ripe for the picking for a Kuban Krasnodar side reinvigorated by the arrival of a new coach and a derby victory of their own, and their Russian Group A rivals can deliver on win odds of 17/10.
The odds makers at bwin rate this altercation a close one to call, with the visitors also 6/4 for a second away success of the Europa League campaign, while the stalemate is the betting outsider at 23/10.
The hosts are unbeaten since new coach Victor Goncharenko began dugout duties against the Swans.
The young manager has gained a good reputation for himself after piloting BATE Borisov to the Champions League groups on more than one occasion, with his former side even beating Bayern Munich in Belarus last term and his new side have won both games since their visit to south Wales.
He takes over a team that finished fourth in the Russian Premier League last season who will be buzzing after an away victory at the lair of bitter rivals FK Krasnodar last time out.
Michael Laudrup’s men have won just twice in their last eight outings across all competitions.
A missed penalty away from fouling their Europa League home success against St Gallen, Swansea’s only other victory during that period came against a Sunderland side in intensive care.
Since that Liberty Stadium romp they’ve managed a solitary goal in three games, having been shut out at home by West Ham and away by Cardiff.
Injury-absentee Michu has either scored or created half of Swansea’s six Europa League group stage goals.
With the Spanish stringbean resting up in his homeland with knee and ankle gripes Laudrup’s men are shorn of one of their leading goal threats.
Michu’s nonattendance is likely to further blunt a side who have scored a goal or less in six of their nine road games this term.