Manchester United might be odds-on to pick up three points when they visit the Liberty Stadium for Saturday’s evening kick-off in the Premier League, but Swansea’s recent performances suggest they should not be discounted from the reckoning too quickly.
The Swans’ last match ended in a 0-0 draw away to Liverpool and the result didn’t flatter them.
Indeed, they were more deserving of the point they earned from their trip to Anfield than Man Utd were when they visited the same venue and secured a 1-1 draw on 15th October.
And with Brendan Rodgers’ team conceding just once at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League so far this season, making theirs the best home defensive record in the top flight, they will fancy their chances of earning at least a draw against the reigning champions.
Nevertheless, Man Utd go into the game as 1/2 favourites, as perhaps should be expected given they have won eight of their 11 league games so far this season.
But recent results show they have not been at their best, with a 1-1 draw away to Stoke starting the rot.
Since that result on 24th September, United have unconvincingly beaten Norwich and Sunderland at home, scraped to a 1-0 away win over Everton, drawn with Liverpool on Merseyside and been thrashed 6-1 at Old Trafford by Manchester City.
When this unconvincing form is coupled with Swansea’s unbeaten status at the Liberty Stadium since a Championship defeat to Cardiff in February, there is certainly value in a draw at 31/10, even if a home success at 21/4 is a bit of a stretch.
A successful £25 free bet on Swansea to draw with Man Utd would return £102.50, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
But whether they manage to secure any points or not, Swansea’s excellent defensive record at the Liberty Stadium suggests they will be able to keep things tight.
As such, odds of evens on there being under 2.5 goals look appealing, particularly as United are also strong at the back away from home.
Man City might have scored six past them at Old Trafford, but on their travels United have the joint-best defence alongside Newcastle, with only three goals conceded in five matches.
Finally, for those looking to take both teams’ defensive prowess to its logical conclusion, a 0-0 draw is available at 33/4 – meaning a £25 free bet would return a healthy £231.25.
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