Swansea have endured an up and down season, their brand of possession football proving effective at home but anything but effective away. Fulham have slogged through more games than any other club this season since kicking off their Europa League campaign back in July. Which side will have the edge when they clash in the Premier League this weekend?
Under 1.5 Goals (3.0 @ Ladbrokes)
Defences to Dominate
Swansea have been a Jekyll and Hyde team all season. Resilient and impenetrable at home, hapless and error prone away. The statistics tell the story emphatically. At the Liberty Stadium, the Swans have conceded just two goals – this includes a fixture against Manchester United. Away from home, the Welsh team have let in a staggering 18 goals.
This defensive strength at home has revolved around a brand of possession football that ensures the opposition do not see enough of the ball to be a threat, and has helped Swansea avoid defeat on 6 occasions from their 7 home fixtures thus far.
Fulham have been held back by too many draws this season. 6 games from 14 have ended all square and this is mainly down to the Londoners stubbornness in defence, as well as a distinct lack of goals going forward. The Cottagers have mustered just 4 goals away from Craven Cottage – but their defences have only been breached 7 times, ensuring they are a tough side to beat.
Picking a winner is tough in a match which looks like being a very tight affair. The statistics do however, highlight the real prospect of a very low scoring game. Fulham have seen a total of 11 goals in total from their 7 away games, and Swansea have the most effective home defence in the League. All this points to a low scoring affair. With 0-0 a best price 9.00 with Ladbrokes, better value might be available in the Under 1.5 goals market, where 3.0 is available, again at Laddies. With Under 2.5 a skimpy 1.65, being that little bit braver might prove fruitful.