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Michael Laudrup's men make their Europa League debut on Thursday night and Willie Duncan expects a low-scoring clash at Liberty Stadium

Swansea City will make their Europa League debut on Thursday evening and Michael Laudrup’s side will be confident of attaining a positive result when they face Malmo at Liberty Stadium.

The Premier League side are chalked up as warm favourites at 1/2 (1.50) with William Hill to take a first leg advantage into next week’s return leg at Swedbank Stadium.

Rikard Norling’s side, though, will travel to Wales in confident mood having thrashed Scottish side Hibernian 7-0 in Edinburgh last week to complete a 9-0 aggregate rout against Pat Fenlon’s men.

Malmo are rated as an 11/2 (6.50) chance with William Hill to seize the initiative against the Swans by winning the first leg while the same firm go 11/4 (3.75) that the match ends in stalemate.

Laudrup’s men have been in fine form throughout pre-season, scoring an astonishing 26 goals in just six matches and conceding only one in the process.

The Swans warmed up for this match with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Reading at the weekend and there is no doubt that last season’s Capital One Cup winners will be hoping for a repeat of that performance against Malmo.

Spanish star Michu was the main goal threat for the Swans last term and the 27-year-old is chalked up at just 7/2 (4.50) to score first on Thursday.

Swansea’s new recruit, Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony, who scored 31 league goals in 30 appearances for Vitesse last term, is also available at 7/2 (4.50) to break the deadlock.

Malmo showed at Easter Road last week that they boast plenty of firepower and striker Magnus Eriksson, who has scored five goals in his last six matches, is priced up at 7/1 (8.0) with William Hill to add to that impressive tally by opening the scoring at Liberty Stadium.

However, despite the array of attacking talent on show from both sides, this is likely to be a cagey affair.

Laudrup’s side boast a solid defensive record while Norling’s men are likely to be content to look to hit their opponents on the counterattack so, with that in mind, the 10/11 (1.91) quote from William Hill is the recommended play for this one.

For those looking to back bigger prices, the 7/2 (4.50) quote from the same firm for Wilfried Bony to make his mark with the opening goal of the game is the value selection here.

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Under 2.5 goals at 10/11 (1.91) with William Hill Bony to score first at 7/2 (4.50) 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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