Kuban Krasnador-Swansea City Betting Preview: Expect a tight encounter when the Swans visit Russia

Michael Laudrup's men face a tough test in Russia and our tipster is predicting a tight encounter when the Welsh side go head-to-head with Viktor Goncharenko's men
Swansea City will aim to take another step towards the Europa League knockout stages when they take on Kuban Krasnador on Thursday evening.

The Swans were held by Kuban at the Liberty Stadium last month when Djibril Cisse’s last-gasp penalty rescued a point for the Russian side and the odds compilers are anticipating another close encounter when these two sides go head-to-head in Krasnador.

Michael Laudrup’s side are slight favourites to collect all three points, with BetVictor offering odds of 11/8 (2.38) for an away win here, while the same firm go 7/4 (2.75) for Viktor Goncharenko’s men to claim a vital victory on home soil. The draw is rated as a 23/10 (3.30) chance with BetVictor.

The Swans have been hugely impressive in Europe this season but will still be licking their wounds following a 1-0 derby day reverse against Cardiff City on Sunday and, with Swansea having managed just one win in their last five matches in all competitions, this has all the makings of a close encounter.

It is worth noting that only one of Kuban’s seven Europa League matches thus far this term has featured more than two goals and, with that in mind, the 4/5 (1.80) quote offered up by BetVictor for fewer than three goals to be scored here offers considerable appeal.

A win for Kuban would reinvigorate their hopes of reaching the next stage of the competition and the hosts can be backed at 19/5 (4.80) with BetVictor to lead at both half-time and full-time of Thursday’s clash.

The visitors are available at 17/5 (4.40) with BetVictor to lead at both half-time and full-time but, with little to separate the two sides, there may be value in backing the half-time draw at an appealing even money (2.0) with the same firm.

However, punters are advised to snap back up the 4/5 (1.80) quote from BetVictor for fewer than three goals to be scored when these two sides go head-to-head on Thursday evening.

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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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