A shocking first-half performance from Swansea saw them go in at the break 3-0 down against Norwich last time out but they battled back well before eventually losing 4-3 and they can at least take some heart from their comeback ahead of the Carling Cup quarter final clash with Middlesbrough at the Liberty Stadium.
Betfred price Michael Laudrup’s men at 4/6 to book their place in the last four in normal time while the Championship high-flyers are a 9/2 chance at bet365 and it’s 29/10 with BetVictor to require extra-time.
The Swans certainly can’t afford to take anything for granted against a dangerous and well-drilled Boro outfit but the emphatic 3-1 victory in the last round at Liverpool showed that City mean business in this competition and on their own patch City they should have enough to plot a route to the semi-final.
The visitors have started to concede a few too many goals recently and that could cause them a few problems in South Wales, where Ladbrokes post 11/4 against a Swansea success by one and Stan James offer 15/2 about a 2-1 victory for Laudrup’s charges.
The value for punters however, could be in backing City front man Michu at 4/1 with Skybet to break the deadlock. The Spaniard has been a revelation this season and with five goals in his last three outings he’s clearly in a rich vein of form.
Michu to score first – 4/1 (Skybet)