Swindon Town - Brentford Betting Preview: Robins value to sting Bees in first-leg clash

Kevin MacDonald's side have a fine home record in League One and Willie Duncan is backing the Robins to get the better of Uwe Rosler's Bees in their play-off semi-final opener
Brentford missed out on automatic promotion to the Championship in agonising fashion but Uwe Rosler's men will be looking to bounce back when they take on Swindon Town in the League One play-off semi-final first leg on Saturday evening.

The Robins are chalked up as William Hill's 23/20 (2.15) favourites to take a first-leg advantage here while the Bees can be backed at 23/10 (3.30) with the same firm. Draw backers may be tempted by William Hill's 11/5 (3.20) quote that the tie remains deadlocked.

Kevin MacDonald's men boast an impressive home record and they will be eager to make home advantage count against a Brentford side who will be looking to pick themselves up after suffering a dramatic defeat against Doncaster Rovers.

However, the Robins are excellent value to heap more misery on Uwe Rosler's men.

It is worth noting that Swindon scored an impressive 44 home goals this season – more than any other club in League One – while the Robins conceded just 15 goals at County Ground – the best defensive home record in the division.

James Collins is Swindon's top scorer thus far this term with 18 goals and he can be backed at 3/1 (4.0) with William Hill to net at any time in a win for the home side – a special "headline offer" from the odds compilers.

It is a price which is sure to attract support while the chunky 5/1 (6.0) quote from the same firm for the prolific 22-year-old striker to break the deadlock also appears to represent excellent value here.

William Hill go 9/2 (5.50) that Bradley Wright-Phillips scores at any time in a win for Brentford in another "headline offer" while Marcello Trotta, the penalty villain against Doncaster, is chalked up at 11/2 (6.50) to make amends by scoring the opening goal of the game.

This promises to be a fascinating first-leg clash but, given Swindon's superb home record, there is value in backing the Robins to take the initiative here at 23/20 (2.15) with William Hill while the 5/1 (6.0) quote from the same firm for James Collins to score first is a lively runner.

Swindon Town to win at 23/20 (2.15) with William Hill
James Collins to score first at 5/1 (6.0) with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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