St Gallen v Swansea City Preview

December 11, 2013 | By

Sky Bet - £30 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountEuropa League action Thursday Evening comes from the AFG Arena and features St Gallen versus Swansea City.

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St Gallen v Swansea City Preview, Europa League, Thursday 12th December 2013

Switz side St Gallen have recorded mixed results in recent weeks with making their way up the Switzerland Super League and currently sit in a respectable 4th position. With only 3 points behind top team Basel who themselves are competing on Wednesday night in the Champions League and have recently dispatched English side Chelsea both home and away.

Surprisingly even though they have lost 4 times in the last 10 games only one of them results has been in the league with the others coming in the Europa League and the Schweizer Pokal, so with 2 draws and 3 wins in the last 6 league games is has allowed them to excel up the division and now sit behind Grasshoppers on joint points.

Swansea City cannot relax too much come Thursday evening when they face St Gallen, as only a heavy defeat and a win by Kuban Krasnodar against Italian side Valencia would see them exit the competition which as we can imagine would be a shock run of results considering the form from all of the teams involved.

Yet Michael Laudrup and his side will want to end the group stage on a high with a win over in Switzerland on Thursday. Swansea City’ German goalkeeper Tremmel is likely to start this game as Vorm continues to recover from a knee problems and has said their progression into the knockout stages is in their own hands and must stay focused as they will surely want to rely on their own result and not that of Valencia’s if they did manage a shock defeat to Kuban.

St Gallen v Swansea City Team News

St Gallen:

St Gallen are not reporting any major injury worries ahead of Thursdays encounter with Swansea City, and are pleased to see the sides main goal scorers Karanovic and strike partner Keita fit to start. We also note that St Gallen have goalscorers in each area of the field with 5 alone coming from midfielder Mathys in 17 games played which is very respectable.

Swansea City:

Swansea City do however have a few injuries with the latest seeing Leon Britton pull out with a broken toe as well as Alvaro Vazquez with a groin strain that they both picked up against Newcastle United. We also have Angel Rangel still out with a calf injury but is expected back later next week if things go well and goalkeeper Vorm is still out with a knee problem.

St Gallen v Swansea City Head to Head Statistics

Having only played each other once it is Swansea City who have recorded the winning result and giving them the upper hand. But we must consider that they only won by a singular goal which suggests St Gallen made a game of it when they made their visit to Wales. We could see a tough test for Swansea on Thursday evening although you would still expect the Premiership side to be the stronger team and win this match.

03/10/13 UEL Swansea City – St Gallen
1 : 0

Average Goals Per Game ?

Sadly all we have to go on is 1 head to head statistic and with that only 1 goal scored which of course gives us an average of 1 goal per game between these two sides. Hopefully on Thursday we will see a few more goals scored by either side as to give us a better report if these two ever meet each other again in the future.

St Gallen v Swansea City Recent Form (Last 5 Results from Left to Right)

St Gallen: W L W L L

Swansea City: D W L L W

Taken into account and only using the last 5 games for reference we have the Welsh side Swansea City in slightly better form, and due to competing in a much tougher league it would be them in better form and having the advantage.

St Gallen v Swansea City Match Betting Odds Market

St Gallen maybe at home and also gave Swansea a hard game in Wales yet they are still seen as outsiders to win this match by all bookmakers. The best odds coming in are found here @ 10/3 with Bet365 – £200 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account.

The Draw could be a realistic result considering both teams are not playing that great right now. The best odds are sitting @ 5/2 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers)

Swansea City are clear favourites for this match being the superior side and playing in the best league in the world. Bookmakers have recognized this fact and the best odds are seen here @ 11/10 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets For New Customers Registering an Account.

St Gallen v Swansea City Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Well even though St Gallen gave Swansea a tough time in Wales with the result ending 1 – 0 in the Welsh sides favor I still think Michael Laudrup’s will come here and strongly be looking for the win just to guarantee they do progress to the knockout stages with finishing the group in 2nd position. Although the prospect of Kuban beating Valencia in Italy is very unlikely I still cannot imagine Swansea City wanting to take the risk and lose in Switzerland.

Both teams are not exactly winning every match right now in any competition and each are dropping points here and their in the league and Europe. But you have to see Swansea as the stronger outfit and having a far superior team to St Gallen’s as all top players look to ply their trade in England and in the Premiership. So I plan to go for a Swansea City win and with both teams to score which still comes in with some respectable odds considering.

My other prediction see’s in form Wilfred Bony to score and Swansea City to win which is showing some nice odds now. I know hes only scored 4 goals in 11 matches but he seems to be the only one of Swansea’s players who is hitting the target wit the exception of midfield players Nathan Dyer (3) and Jonjo Shelvey also on 3 goals. This season we haven’t really seen Michu on the score sheet too much having only managed 2 goals in 11 matches so far this year.

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The Verdict

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