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Swansea v Stoke: Side with Potters to be ahead at break

| 09.11.2013

Only Crystal Palace have been in worse form than Stoke across the last six Premier League fixtures, but there is a strong possibility that they can at least go into half-time ahead when visiting Swansea.

Stoke have not won in the top-flight since leaving West Ham with three points in August, taking just three points from their seven league outings since.

It is 3/1 that this wait for a victory ends at Swansea, but given the difficulties their hosts have in finding the net in the opening 45 minutes in front of their own fans, the smarter money may be on the 16/5 that Stoke lead at the break.

Swansea have played five times on their own patch since Jonjo Shelvey scored early on a night he won’t forget in a hurry with Liverpool, and Michael Laudrup is without leading goal threat Michu for the visit of Stoke.

Meanwhile, the Potters have scored first in each of their last three games in all competitions and netted in the opening period in all four of their last five road trips in which they have found the target.

Given that Stoke have only managed seven goals across their 10 league games and that goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is among their joint top-scorers, expecting the Potters to go goal crazy is a tad ambitious.

Therefore, taking the 19/4 that Stoke are winning 1-0 at half-time may have some mileage.

Swansea have only won two of their last nine games in all competitions, but this is a fixture they have secured victory from in both seasons since their promotion to the Premier League.

It is 1/1 that Swansea beat Stoke again, with Ladbrokes offering the top industry price on this outcome.

At a bigger price, the 4/1 that Swansea come from behind to win is worthy of consideration.

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

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.