Both Fulham and Swansea City go into their meeting on Saturday struggling for points having won only once so far in their respective packed December schedules.
Martin Jol’s team start as 21/20 favourites, most likely due to a record at Craven Cottage that is sugar-coated by two impressive wins in the first two home fixtures of the season.
But in truth, having won just one of their last 11 Premier League matches, it is Fulham’s decline in fortunes that is the most urgent.
Swansea have lost just one of their last five away fixtures, making 5/2 on a win for Michael Laudrup’s side or 11/5 on a draw better value options, especially as the Swans won 3-0 on their last visit to the Cottage in March.
Both sides have struggled to find the net recently after high-scoring starts to the season. Fulham boast just four goals from their last seven matches, while Swansea’s positive play has brought them just two goals in their last four games.
The Premier League fixtures come thick and fast at this time of year, giving little opportunity for either manager to mastermind a turnaround in their side’s fortunes on the training pitch.
Given that Swansea top scorer Michu looks set to miss the trip to Fulham with an ankle injury, it is difficult to see the goalkeepers being troubled too much on Saturday.
The odds on Swansea winning a match with two goals or less are as long as 13/2, while 27/4 is offered in handicap betting on the Welsh club to win by a one-goal margin.
For the real pessimists, odds of 8/1 are available on the match finishing goalless, while punters can also get 13/5 on the match being decided by a single goal either way.
New customers registering with bwin can claim a free £20 bet and placing this on exactly one goal being scored at Craven Cottage would return £72 if successful.
And if you’re looking for a shorter-priced option, the 91/100 about under 2.5 goals in the game is another viable option for what looks set to be a tense and low-scoring affair.