Swansea followed their 2-1 victory over Man Utd by going five league games without a win. Fortunately for manager Garry Monk, however, they were able to grab only their third win of the season at the expense of Aston Villa. And they will likely appreciate the points even more, knowing that they welcome Arsenal to Wales on Saturday.
After falling behind to Aston Villa, Swansea used a moment of magic from a Gylfi Sigurdsson free kick as a catalyst to complete a valuable away victory that halted their mini slump. Although Villa began the game bottom of the league, they largely matched Swansea for possession and attempts on goal. Nevertheless, Swansea were still able to triumph.
On the basis of home form, Swansea are quite solid. They are sixth in the league for their home form, having posted a record of two wins, two draws, and only one loss. Meanwhile, they have scored six goals and conceded only four. They will seek to limit Arsenal’s opportunities by frustrating them in midfield.
Arsenal have had a fantastic run of late, beating Man Utd 3-0, Watford 3-0, Bayern Munich 2-0, and Everton 2-1. From all of the wins, it is impressive that Arsenal were able to keep their feet on the ground and avoid frustration at home to Everton. A greater challenge, though, will be to beat Swansea in Wales.
However, Arsenal have been good away from home – their record of four wins from five is second only to West Ham. Arsenal have scored 11 and conceded only five, so Swansea will face a challenge if they are to keep the score-line low. Nevertheless, it would not be unlike Arsenal to deliver a cagey performance after being so impressive in recent games.
Tip one: Draw @ 3.75
Tip two: Under 2.5 goals @ 2.10
Continually winning difficult games can eventually phase some teams, as they will expect to drop points eventually. Last November, Arsenal lost 2-1 when they travelled to play Swansea. They could see it as an improvement if they are to claim a point this time around.