A close betting market is reflective of Saturday’s Swansea v West Brom encounter being a tough one to call, although there is more certainty in predicting the match is likely to be a low-scoring encounter.
The Swans are yet to record a win in the top flight following their promotion from the Championship.
However, following a season-opening drubbing against Manchester City, Brendan Rodgers’ men let in just one Premier League goal in three fixtures.
With West Brom’s last two matches featuring a total of two goals, a low-scoring game looks to be on the cards.
As such, betting on there being fewer than 1.5 goals in the game at odds of 21/10 looks less of a risk than choosing a Swansea win (31/20), draw (11/5) or West Brom win (7/4) in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
Further evidence which points towards goals being at a premium includes Swansea’s impressive defensive record at the Liberty Stadium.
Teams travelling to Wales to take on Swansea in the Championship last season managed to score a total of just 11 goals at an average of 0.58 a game.
This helped give the Swans the best home record in the league and they have taken this form into the Premier League, with keeper Michel Vorm keeping clean sheets in their two games at the Liberty Stadium so far.
With this in mind, a bet on Vorm to keep another clean sheet on Saturday could pay off at odds of 2/1.
A successful £25 free bet on West Brom failing to score against Swansea would return £75.
If West Brom do score, they are likely to do so in the first half.
This has been the case for all of the goals scored by the Baggies in the Premier League this season.
Roy Hodgson’s side are priced at 7/4 to score before the interval, and if they do this could prove enough for them to claim all three points.
However, Swansea’s excellent defensive record suggests 0-0 is a more realistic prospect, with this scoreline available at odds of 27/4.
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