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Swansea v Arsenal Betting Odds, Tips and Preview – 15.01.12

Premier League Betting
The return of Thierry Henry to Arsenal was the big talking point ahead of their FA Cup fixture against Leeds last weekend. It was the talismanic Frenchman who stood up and scored the winning goal of the third round tie, reigniting his passion for the club. That was a big emotional moment for Henry on his return to North London and it will be interesting to see what the Gunners legend can now produce in the Premier League. Henry is only back on loan while the MLS season is closed down and Henry will at least give Arsene Wenger some alternative attacking options up front, as they have been lacking in that area, with no-one offering support to Robin van Persie. Will boss Arsene Wenger go for a dual pronged attack of Henry and Van Persie against Swansea? Arsenal need to muster up a response to their last Premier League outing which was also on the road, as they went down 2-1 at Fulham on January 2nd. The goals have started drying up just a little bit for the Gunners, so the arrival of Henry may give them an extra spark. Arsenal have only scored more than one goal in just one of their last six Premier League matches. A trip to face Swansea is not going to be an easy one, and Arsenal haven’t secured a great record on the road this season. The Gunners have landed just four wins and a draw out of their ten away fixtures this season, and they have conceded a goal in each of their last three games away from the Emirates. Their have conceded a tremendous amount of goals on their travels this season, 22 in total which is an average of 2.20 per game. What has seen them through has been the twenty away goals they have scored, so there is potential for a pretty tight game at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday. The Gunners have only managed just two clean sheets out of ten on the road, and 80% of their away games have, not surprisingly ended over 2.5 goals. The Gunners need the input of Robin van Persie and there is the feeling that a victory will probably just come by a one goal margin. With Arsenal suffering two defeats out of their last three away fixtures, this match is by no means a foregone conclusion. They are still in a scrap for fourth place at the moment, and obviously won’t want to lose any more ground to the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool who are sandwiching them. Swansea are ticking along a nice enough pace, which should see them maintain their Premier League status if they keep up their form. The Swans are now undefeated in their last three matches in the league and go into Swansea v Arsenal betting on the back of a well earned three points away at Aston Villa at the start of the year. It is Swansea’s home record which is still making impressive reading in the league, as they have suffered just one defeat at the Liberty Stadium this season. For Premier League new boys, that is a pretty great stat to look at for the Welsh club’s fans. Swansea have won four, drawn five and lost just that one game at home, and the only side to beat them on their home turf has been Manchester United, who scraped a 1-0 win there. There have been just four goals conceded by Swansea at home, as they are proving to be a pretty tough team to break down, and conceding at just 0.4 goals per game, should give them hope of taking another important point off one of the top teams in the Premier League, just as they did against Spurs during the festive period. The Swans have only netted twelve times themselves in their ten home games at just over 1 goal per game, but with 60% of their home matches ending in clean sheets for them, they will make life difficult for the Gunners. Eighty percent of Swansea’s home games have ended Under 2.5 goals this season, and with their very attractive style of football they will be confident of making use of the fortress Liberty Stadium. There hasn’t been many too goals flowing for the Swans of late, and boss Brendan Rodgers will be looking for his defence to stand tall again. But having failed to score in five of their last ten matches, they will be looking to top scorer Danny Graham to overshadow the Premier League return of Thierry Henry. Swansea v Arsenal Betting Odds Swansea to win: 4/1 at Totesport Draw: 11/4 at BetFred Arsenal to win: 5/6 at VC Bet While the return to the Premier League for Thierry Henry will be in focus, online bookmaker Paddy Power have a Money Back Special on Swansea v Arsenal betting surrounding Robin van Persie. If Robin van Persie scores the final goal of the match, then Paddy Power will refund lost stakes on all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast singles on the match. Great coverage on the betting for this match, with the bets such as Van Persie 3/1 and Henry 9/2 in the First Goalscorer market. Popular bookie Paddy Power offer a free £50 bet for new customers registering an account. The bookie will match the value of your first stake on a new account with a free bet, up to the maximum value of £50.

Swansea v Nottingham Forest Championship Play Off Semi final second leg betting odds

Championship Betting

Swansea v Nottingham Forest betting (aggregate 0-0) will play itself to a conclusion in the Championship Play Off Semi final. The first leg at Forest was marred in a way by a red card shown to Swansea’s Neil Taylor in the very first minute of play. What that meant was that Swansea were forced into a more defensive game, and it was up to Nottingham Forest to find a way through. But the away team put in some marvellously resolute defending, and held their own for a 0-0 draw. They managed to limited Forest to very few chances, and that defensive strength which Swansea showed, has been a feature of their season really. Over the regular season of the Championship, Cardiff had the second best defensive record there. So while Forest had finished the season with a goal scoring flourish to book their play off place, it was Swansea who will feel like they have an advantage now after having held out for so long with ten men. With the second leg back at the Liberty Stadium, on Monday, May 16th, the Welsh side, managed by Brendan Rodgers,  should be favourites really in your Swansea v Nottingham Forest Championship Play Off Semi final second leg betting. Their excellent resiliency in the first leg should give them something to build upon, because at the very least it was a moral victory. When the two sides met at the Liberty in the Championship regular season, the home side won 3-2, which a response to the 3-1 defeat they had suffered earlier in the season away at Forest. So it is all level pegging, but will the home advantage or the experience of Forest in play off situations pull through.

Forest boss Billy Davies knows that the red card for Swansea made it much harder for his side to score. That is generally the natural way games go when a team is down to ten. They defend much more resolutely. So, with Swansea and their good passing game expected to be in full effect on Monday, Forest may get a bit more space to launch counter attacks. That may be the best way to prevail in Swansea v Nottingham Forest Championship Play Off Semi final second leg betting. Forest crashed out of the play offs last season in the semi finals as Blackpool got the better of them. Forest, who netted fourteen goals in their last four matches of the season, has to try and find a way through the lean Swansea defence, who have now have collected three clean sheets in four of their last five matches now. History really doesn’t look to be on the side of Nottingham Forest, as the midlands club have only won one of their last seven play off matches, so their fans will have a certain amount of hesitancy when it comes to optimism. There is a feeling that Forest may have blown their chance after the first leg, because while their away form has been solid enough in the Championship, including wining their last two, looking at Swansea’s home form over the course of the season, where they won fifteen out of their 23 matches and losing just three, they will be hard to break down. Swansea netted 41 goals and conceded just 11 over the course of the regular season. They are also unbeaten in their last eight home matches, so going strong.

Tip: Forest have their work cut out, and the stylish Swansea way really should come up trumps on home turf.

Swansea v Nottingham Forest Championship Play Off Semi final second leg betting odds

Swansea to win: Evens at Totesport
Draw: 5/2 at Victor Chandler
Nottingham Forest to win: 16/5 at Victor Chandler

Championship Play Off Promotion Betting:

Swansea: 15/8 at Stan James
Cardiff: 5/2 at Paddy Power
Reading: 10/3 at William Hill
Nottingham Forest: 9/2 at Bet365


Nottingham Forest v Swansea Championship Play Off Semi Final Betting Odds & Tips

Sports Betting

Nottingham Forest v Swansea Championship Play Off Semi Final First Leg
Thursday, May 12th - 7.45 pm Kick Off

Third placed Swansea head to sixth place Nottingham Forest in the first of the two Championship play off semi finals. Despite a strong run in of three straight wins to close out the regular season, it was not enough to push them into an automatic qualification place. Those spots went to QPR and Norwich, and now one final berth in next season’s Premier League awaits one of four teams.  During the regular season, both sides scored home victories over the other and there really isn’t too much to separate the teams. Swansea finish four points back of fourth placed Norwich, but have consistently been one of the stronger teams in the Championship this year. Most of the success of Swansea has been built upon their defence, and it is that aspect of their game which could get them back into the top flight of English football, a place they have not been for 28 years. Nottingham Forest v Swansea betting odds are a close call, because although the Welsh unit will be slight favourites, and six third placed teams have come through the play offs to make it to the Premier League before, and they face a Forest side which are on fire at the moment. But you can’t look at Swansea and ignore the defensive duties which they have so admirably performed this year. They finished the regular season with the second best defensive record in the Championship, and have managed to stop the opposition from scoring in three of their last four matches. Taking that a little bit further, Swansea have conceded just two goals in their last seven matches, and over the season, they average conceding a goal every fifty minutes. At the other end, they haven’t been one of the prolific goal scoring teams in the promotion hunt, but did finish level on 69 with Forest.

Something to take into consideration for your Nottingham Forest v Swansea betting, is the fact that the Welsh side haven’t been great on the road this year. They have suffered eleven defeats, with just a 39% win percentage on their travels. Swansea have won just one in their last six away matches, losing four and drawing one, so not a sharp record to take to Forest. As for Nottingham Forest, Billy Davies will be looking to take the club a step or two further than last year, when they lost in the Championship play off semi finals to Blackpool. Davies could be a key factor with good experience in these situations. He has certainly ramped up Forest, as they romped home, closing the season out with four straight victories. Apart from a bad patch of a month between March and April, where they lost five of six games, they have finished with great aplomb, banging in fourteen goals in those last four matches. With McGugan and Earnshaw weighing in with 21 goals between them, Nottingham Forest average 1.86 goals per game at home this season. On the defensive end, Nottingham Forest are nowhere near as solid as Swansea are. Forest have conceded a worrying five goals in their last four games, so they have to go out and attack at home to try and gain some kind of advantage for the away leg. So this could come down to an in form Forest attack taking on a very solid Swansea back line. Which will gain the upper hand? Well, Forest have a poor record in the Championship play offs, having won only one of their last six play off matches. The head to head doesn’t reveal much to sway Nottingham Forest v Swansea betting, with 24 wins for Forest and 22 for Swansea, pretty much levelling things out.

Betting Tip: Good value in a draw here as they could cancel each other out.

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