Swansea rode their luck in the first leg of their Championship play-off semi-final against Nottingham Forest, with their ten men securing a 0-0 draw after Neil Taylor was sent off in the second minute.
However, they could need an equally valiant performance in tonight’s (May 16th) second-leg clash at Liberty Stadium if they are to keep their hopes of promotion to the Barclays Premier League alive.
The Swans finished third in the Championship, five points above sixth-placed Forest, but are lucky to go into this evening’s fixture on equal terms after the Reds had a penalty claim denied and a goal chopped off for offside.
Brendan Rodgers will know that his team have lost in three of the last five battles between the sides.
So the Swansea manager might be hoping that bwin.com’s 17/20 odds on his side winning the match are a good omen.
Forest are rated as underdogs at a price of 14/5, meaning a successful £10 bet on Billy Davies’ team would return £38.
The Swans will be without Taylor after his red card appeal was turned down, but are likely to welcome the news that Fabio Borini, who limped off during Thursday’s game, is expected to be fit.
Meanwhile, the visitors are hoping that Guy Moussi and Robbie Findley can overcome their respective injury woes after missing the first leg.
Swansea have the second best defensive record in the Championship, having shipped just 42 goals – an average of 0.89 per game.
Meanwhile, Forest are almost as miserly, having only conceded 50 in 46 matches – an average of 1.06.
If these stats are anything to go by, a 1-1 draw could be a good shout at 25/4, with punters taking this option receiving £72.50 back on a £10 stake if they are correct.
Those who believe the match will end goalless in regular time could stick £10 on a 0-0 result, with football betting odds of 6/1 returning £10 if it ends up that way.
The result of the tie could be resolved in extra time or penalties and gamblers can wager on who will progress to the play-off final.
Swansea are clear favourites at 11/25, while some Championship betting fans may feel Forest are worth a punt at 8/5.
A successful £10 stake on Forest advancing would return £26 on bwin.com. New customers can register here to receive a £25 free bet.