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Swansea vs Newcastle: Buoyant hosts can build on cup joy

| 01.03.2013

A party atmosphere is sure to engulf the Liberty Stadium for this tie, and it can spur Swansea on to complete a victory at 11/10.

The hosts have lost only twice on their own patch all season, and brimming with confidence after claiming their first ever piece of major silverware, are well-priced to take a three-point haul from this match.

In their 12/5 visitors they face a side that has come into some good form of late, but one which has experienced much travel sickness this term.

Indeed, Newcastle have won just once on the road, whilst the 28 goals they have conceded away from St. James’s Park makes a dominant Swans win look probable.

Having registered 26 home goals, the sixth highest tally in the Premier League, the Jacks tempt at 11/5 to triumph in a match featuring over 2.5 goals.

Alternatively, the hosts may be worth chancing in handicap markets, considering that six of their nine wins this season have come by at least a two-goal margin.

14/5 is the price applicable to a Swans win in which they begin with a theoretical one-goal disadvantage, whilst they are a massive 15/2 to overcome a two-goal handicap, as they would have done three times this season.

Also, it is worth taking into account the fact that Swansea have led at both half-time and full-time in two of their past three games, one of which took place at the Liberty Stadium.

The Swans are 8/5 to be in front after 45 minutes and an appealing 11/5 to maintain a half-time lead by the full-time whistle.

Similarly, a bet on Swansea winning both halves would have paid dividends in two of those last three games, with a repetition of that occurrence 5/1 here.

19-goal Michu has rediscovered his scoring touch of late, with two goals in his last three outings, and he is sure to prove a popular 7/2 selection to break the deadlock.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee