Swansea City and Aston Villa both made managerial changes this summer but in very different circumstances and, so far, with differing results.
In South Wales, Michael Laudrup has continued Brendan Rodgers’ fine work to propel the Swans to two wins and a draw in their opening three games.
By contrast, Paul Lambert has failed to break Villa out of the downward spiral that got predecessor Alex McLeish the sack as they sit 17th with just one point.
With that form taken into account, the away side look good value at 2/1 in bwin’s 3Way betting market for their clash on Saturday, though Villa remain favourites at 13/10, with the draw 23/10.
Building on last season’s 15 clean sheets, Swansea have continued to make a strong defence the bedrock of their success and it’s 4/1 for them to win a game of under 2.5 goals.
Facing goal-shy Villa, who’ve averaged 0.66 strikes per game in 2012, the Swans should fancy their chances of picking up a win to nil, which is also available at 4/1.
New customers using the free £20 bet available when registering with bwin stand to win £100 if Swans pick up their 13th shut-out win since returning to the top flight.
Their chances of victory will be even greater if Premier League top scorer Michu can continue his incredible start of four goals in three games and it’s 6/5 for Swansea to open the scoring.
But if Villa can keep him in check, as they did with Newcastle’s potent Demba Ba-Papiss Cisse combination last time out, then Lambert will hope his side can at least earn a point and draw/draw at half-time/full-time is 4/1.
For Villa to excel this weekend, much will depend on £24 million man Darren Bent ending a league scoring drought which stretches back to January 21st.
As one of 23 players with 100 Premier League goals to his name, it must surely only be a matter of time before he nets again and Villa are 17/20 to get the game’s final goal.
But the value punt on this one is to back Bent and Villa to continue to misfire by taking that 4/1 price on the Swans picking up another victory and a clean sheet on their travels.
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