St. Gallen-Swansea City Betting Preview: Swans to sail into the knockout stages in style

Having started life in the Europa League with a bang, Michael Laudrup's men have stuttered slightly in recent games, but Al Hain-Cole expects them to return to winning ways
Swansea will be looking to seal their place in the Europa League knockout stages when they travel to Switzerland to take on St. Gallen on Thursday.

Having run out 1-0 winners in the reverse fixture back in October, Michael Laudrup’s men are 11/10 (2.10) favourites with Coral to come out on top at the AFG Arena.

The hosts have lost four consecutive group games after opening the campaign with a 2-0 win over Kuban Krasnodar but are available at 12/5 (3.40) to end that run with all three points on Thursday evening.

A draw would be enough to see the Swans safely through to the last 32, and you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on them collecting a single point for the third time in four fixtures in this competition.

Having kicked off their first ever Europa League group stage campaign with two consecutive wins, the visitors were looking very much at home back in European competition after a 20-year absence.

However, after conceding late equalisers both home and away to Kuban Krasnodar before slipping up 1-0 against Valencia in front of their own fans, Laudrup’s side have an unexpected fight on their hands to ensure they make it through to the next round.

Fortunately for them, they face a team with nothing left to play for and who are unlikely to run the risk of adding to an already extensive injury list as they prepare for Sunday’s big game against Young Boys, their final league match before the winter break.

With 12 goals conceded in just their last three Group A matches, Jeff Saibene’s team will be up against it when they take on a side bolstered by the return to fitness of star attackers Michu and Wilfried Bony, who boast nine goals in 15 games between them in this competition.

All things considered, odds of 11/10 (2.10) seem rather generous on Swansea sealing a place in the knockout stages in emphatic style against an unmotivated and out-of-form St. Gallen side.
Swansea to win for a 2pt stake at 11/10 (2.10) with Coral

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.