Swansea may be odds-on favourites to beat Newcastle at the Liberty Stadium, but their victory is expected to be anything but bloodless.
The bwin odds gurus make Garry Monk’s side 19/20 jollies in the match-betting and they have every right to be after a confidence-enhancing 2-2 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
Victory would be the sixth in their last seven meetings with the Tynesiders, the sole exception coming in the form of another 2-2 draw at the Liberty last term.
In fact Newcastle have managed just one win in eight clashes with Swansea since the latter won promotion to the Premier League.
A mixture of current confidence and historical superiority over distinctly up and down opposition highlights the Swans’ match-winning credentials here.
Their status as a settled squad under a firmly ensconced manager will also stand them in good stead against visitors starting again under Steve McClaren.
Yet those in search of a more fruitful way to risk their money are directed towards a wager that acknowledges the danger Newcastle propose to spoiling the party.
Swansea are 11/5 to claim the spoils in a match of over 2.5 goals, a wager our adversaries’ opening-day results do little to deter us from.
While the Welsh side were fighting out a 2-2 stalemate in west London, Newcastle were conspiring to draw 2-2 with Southampton, who were playing their second game in the space of four days.
The Magpies showed plenty, in both an attacking and defensive sense, to suggest the goals portion of our recommended bet will have little trouble copping.
What’s more, three-strike-plus encounters have been a feature of the recent history between Swansea and Newcastle.
Their most recent clash ended in a 3-2 win for the Swans at St James’ Park and overs backers have failed to trouser the readies just once in their last six meetings.