Swansea City - Cardiff City Betting Preview: Derby drama may arrive late at Liberty Stadium

Garry Monk will take charge of the Swans for this first time but our tipster thinks that those looking for goals may have wait when the Bluebirds are the visitors
Swansea City will begin life without Michael Laudrup when they welcome rivals Cardiff City to the Liberty Stadium for what promises to be a pulsating Premier League derby clash on Saturday.

The decision to relieve Laudrup of his duties after two years at Liberty Stadium was taken on Tuesday and so it is caretaker manager Garry Monk who will take charge of the Swans for this crunch clash.

The Bluebirds ran out as 1-0 winners when these two sides met at the Cardiff City Stadium back in November but both teams have changed manager since then and Garry Monk and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will know the importance of victory to the fans.

Swansea are chalked up at 4/5 (1.80) with Paddy Power to get the better of the Bluebirds while the same firm offer a tempting 7/2 (4.50) that Solskjaer's men complete the double over the Swans with victory here. The draw is likely to prove a popular selection with punters and is available at 13/5 (3.60) with Paddy Power on Saturday.

With just two points separating the clubs, nerves are sure to be frayed when these two sides go head-to-head at the Liberty Stadium and punters may be rewarded for backing a low-scoring clash on Saturday.

The Swans have just 12 goals in 12 Premier League matches on home turf thus far this season while the Bluebirds have scored just seven times on their travels in the top flight.

Therefore the 8/11 (1.73) quote from Paddy Power for less than three goals to be scored carries plenty of appeal while the even money (2.0) quote from the same firm for the contest to be level at half-time is tempting here.

Punters should note that Cardiff have scored just five first-half goals in the Premier League this season - fewer than any other club in the top flight - while the Swans have netted just seven of their 29 league goals before the interval.

Therefore, it is the even money (2.0) on offer from Paddy Power for most goals to be scored in the second half that is the recommended play for punters here.

Most goals in the second half at even money (2.0) 2pts with Paddy Power

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