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Swansea v Aston Villa: Swans to start fast and not look back

| 24.12.2014

Swansea finally secured a first Premier League away win of the season at Hull last time out and buoyed by that success the Welsh side will fancy putting Aston Villa away at the Liberty Stadium on Boxing Day.

Garry Monk’s hosts are certainly well fancied by Ladbrokes at 3/4 to beat Villa, with Paul Lambert’s visitors adjudged to be 4/1 shots and the draw at 5/2.

Having studied the stats that matter, here’s how we see the contest shaping up in best-bets format:

Wilfried Bony to score first @ 3/1

Swansea’s Ivorian is still the leading Premier League goalscorer in 2014, where he sits two ahead of the injured Sergio Aguero on 20.

Bony has added eight more this season and like his Swansea teammates in general this term, the much-sought after striker is at it from the first whistle.

No side has scored the first goal in league games on more occasions than the Swans, while Bony has been the man to fire them in front in half of those 12 matches.

Swansea to win @ 3/4

Swansea relish their own surroundings, beating Arsenal and four other sides who have visited the Liberty Stadium this season in the top flight.

Like the visiting Villans, the other four teams besides the Gunners all resided in the bottom half of the table.

If this wasn’t enough to push punters towards the home win, Villa have only won one of their last 13 Boxing Day appointments and only beaten Swansea once in six meetings.

Swansea to win to nil @ 7/4

Lambert’s men have only managed to net twice during their last six trips away from Villa Park, going down 1-0 at the Hawthorns last time they ventured.

Furthermore, they’ve not scored a Boxing Day goal for the last three seasons,

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

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.