Swansea

V

Liberty Stadium

10/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

Burnley

V

Liberty Stadium

10/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence: Rejuvenated Swansea look to extend their unbeaten run to five games in the league when Burnley visit the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Last time: Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes netted in a comfortable 2-0 triumph for the Clarets.

 This time: Swansea are 7/5 for the win, while Burnley are 11/5 and the draw is 2/1.

You might remember: The 3-2 classic last term. Fernando Llorente opened the scoring with a trademark bullet header before sealing the three points in injury-time. The Spaniard’s crucial decider lifted the Swans away from the drop zone.

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Swansea are playing with a confidence that belies their perilous position

After his dismissal from Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, few would have expected Carlos Carvalhal to be the man tasked with steering relegation threatened Swansea to survival. Of course, this mission has yet to be achieved but the hosts look far more assured following the tactician’s appointment and back-to-back wins against European hopefuls Liverpool and Arsenal could be the difference at the end of the season. The hammering of Notts County will have helped confidence a great deal too.

Swansea are 7/5 to take another step to safety and will fancy their chances on home soil. Carvalhal did have a variety of options in the forward places with Tammy Abraham and Wilfried Bony in competition with the Ayew brothers, until the Swans were dealt a cruel blow with the news Bony tore his anterior cruciate ligament against Leicester and will now be absent from the relegation run-in. The quartet are probably the most talented group towards the bottom of the table and this misfortune will almost certainly provide a lift to the likes of Stoke City and West Brom.

Burnley are 11/5 to record a first success since mid-December and Dyche is likely to continue with the 4-4-2 formation he deployed last weekend. Burly hitmen Barnes and Sam Vokes were the pairing and should keep their places in what promises to be a fascinating battle between the visiting attackers and Swansea’s robust backline of Mike van der Hoorn, Federico Fernandez and Alfie Mawson.

The draw is 2/1 but historically there proves to be a victor in this fixture. Despite this, Burnley have only registered on 21 occasions this year, two more than Swansea and a goalless encounter wouldn’t be a surprise.

Jordan Ayew is 4/1 to open proceedings, and he looks a sound bet to add to his haul of eight for the campaign. The versatile attacker had taken on the goalscoring mantle and is a certainty to start from the opening whistle.

Aaron Lennon is 17/1 to score any time and there is value here. The ex-Spurs winger still possesses searing pace and is a different outlet for Burnley and what they are known for. Lennon will come up against marauding wing-back Martin Olsson and there will be space to exploit.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

Andre Ayew to mark his return with an emotional goal. The former Hammer endured a miserable 18 months in London and will relish the opportunity to play in front of a crowd who adore him. Ayew is 16/1 to score the game’s final goal.

2

We fancy:

It to be a stalemate at the break at 5/1. Both squads need the win for different reasons and this may result in a cagey start to the clash.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Swansea to thrash Burnley 4-0 is a monumental 500/1. The Clarets have an impressive ten clean sheets from 26 outings and this total is only bettered by four sides, who all have far superior budgets.

Written by Nick Valerio

Nick Valerio is a football fanatic whose writing has appeared online and in print. A Manchester United and Roma fan, Nick names Francesco Totti as his idol and Fabio Grosso’s World Cup-winning penalty in 2006 as his favourite moment in sport.