It is generally considered that Swansea City have enjoyed a very good start to the season under the novice tutelage of Garry Monk.
A cursory glance at the Premier League table would confirm as much, with the Welsh outfit sitting pretty in sixth position, level on 14 points with Liverpool and Arsenal and just two shy of the Champions League places.
That start included three straight wins in August and, famously, an opening day defeat of Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Yet it could have been so much better for the Swans, who without their propensity to throw points away when in leading positions might have been heading into Halloween in a much healthier position.
During a run of just two points from five league games either side of those successive victories and a home win over Leicester in their last top-flight outing, Monk’s men gave away points as if they were handing out sweets to trick or treaters.
Swansea have led in matches away to Chelsea and Stoke and at the Liberty Stadium against Newcastle – twice – yet failed to make the most of their profitable position, taking just one point.
Throw in a late Capital One Cup collapse to Liverpool in midweek, a game were City led going into the 86th minute only to leave the pitch out of the competition a mere five minutes later, and the pattern is well established.
With those extra eight points, Swansea would be lording it over the rest of the division in first place, and even if that is a somewhat unrealistic proposition given Chelsea’s formidable form at Stamford Bridge, hanging onto leads over the Potters and the Magpies is well within their capabilities.
An extra five points would put Swansea above Manchester City and level with Southampton in second – and it could so easily have happened without their needless generosity.
Monk’s troops are back in Merseyside to face Everton in the Premier League this weekend and if you fancy the trend to continue you can back Swansea to lead at half-time but end up losing game at 22/1.
Either side to lead and the match to end in a draw is 7/2, while it is 13/2 that a team comes from behind to win.