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West Brom v Swansea: Monk’s men a shoo-in for 1 or less goals

| 11.02.2015

West Brom and Swansea draw lines in the Hawthorns sand on Wednesday night and while backing a winner with any degree of confidence is difficult, there are other worthwhile avenues to explore.

For the record, Tony Pulis’ Baggies are 6/4 for a second Premier League victory under the Welshman, the Swans are 19/10 chances and the draw rates an 11/5 compromise with Ladbrokes.

Swerving these narrow margins, we’ve sent our stat-seeking terrier down the hole and flushed out these three bets instead:

Swansea to score 0-1 goals @ 7/20

This bet will not land the average punter that new motor, but the stats make it the banker of the trio at decent odds nonetheless.

Garry Monk’s men have not registered more than once in 10 Premier League games, even with Wilfried Bony in the team for five of those, and more precisely have scored exactly once in nine of those.

Swansea to score first @ 11/10

Considering the Swans have taken the lead inside two minutes during both of the last two clashes with the Baggies, this rates a decent bet.

The Welsh side have also fired first in all of their last three away matches, netting before the break on each occasion.

First goal in the first half @ 1/2

Taking on that theme a little further gives rise to a shot at the first goal coming before the half-time whistle, especially as this punt would have brought home the bacon in 11 of Swansea’s last dozen games.

Meanwhile, the Hawthorns scoreboard has been called into action in the first half four times in the last five matches West Brom have hosted.

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.