Swansea v City: Paddy Power specials
- 30 December 2013 16:08
- Posted by @MCFC
The best odds from Paddy Power ahead of City's first game of 2014...
Manchester City have enjoyed the early kick-offs this season with a 100 per cent record and wins against Hull, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.
Paddy Power has priced the Citizens at 8/13 to maintain that run on Wednesday against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium (12.45).
Swansea are no pushovers at home, however, with just one defeat in their last six games which includes two significant victories to nil: 4-0 against Sunderland in October and 3-0 against Newcastle United in early December.
And Manchester City’s form in Wales suggests this might be a low-scoring affair. They drew 0-0 here in May 2013, which followed a 1-0 defeat to Michael Laudrup’s side in March 2012.
There is evidence that Manchester City have tightened up at the back after conceding 21 goals so far this season in the Barclays Premier League – most than anyone else in the top four as it stands at present. Back-to-back home wins for Manchester City have been by just one goal. England No1 Joe Hart’s comeback to the first team against Crystal Palace coincided with a statistical first this season – a 1-0 win.
"I would prefer to win by three or four but it is useful to win this way," said the manager Manuel Pellegrini after the Palace game and results this season which have included a 7-0, 6-0 and 6-3. "A team that wants to win the title must have a lot of different faces.”
- In their last 12 games, Man City have scored two or more goals 67% of the time.
- Of the last six games away, they’ve won three, drawn one, and lost twice (to Sunderland and Chelsea).
- Back in December, a Samir Nasri double helped City to a 3-0 win against Swansea. He’s 14/1 to score two or more on Wednesday while it’s 16/5 that he scores anytime and City win. City’s most popular score in the last 12 games is a 3-2 away win (three times).
Punters looking for value could take a peek at both teams to score and Manchester City to win as a 9/5 shot or City at -1 on the handicap at 6/4. Manchester City to win by exactly one goal is a 13/5 shot.