Ladbrokes bookies might be making a mistake by offering odds as big as 8/15 about City triumphing on Thursday night considering that Swansea made short work of Sunderland last weekend when winning 4-0 at the Liberty Stadium.
It took a while for the Welsh side to get going against the Black Cats, although four goals in the last half hour of the match saw them get over the line with ease and it’s possible that we could see a similar scoreline against Kuban Krasnodar.
Coral go 18/1 that Swansea land another 4-0 victory, with Laudrup likely to field a weakened team for this encounter on the basis that they already have six points on the board following victories against Valencia and St Gallen.
Even so, the Swans manager has plenty of depth to his squad and the club chairman Huw Jenkins has been full of praise for the Dane who has been a big success story since replacing Brendan Rodgers.
“In the time he has been here, Michael has proved how important he is,” Jenkins told the South Wales Evening Post.
“I think he’s brought different qualities and we’ve adapted as a team and as players. I think they’ve all grown and developed a little bit more responsibility in what they do, which Michael encourages.
“I think he’s brought a winning mentality – he showed that last year when we won the Capital One Cup – and I’ve got no doubt that he’s going to try to push to get us as far as we can this year in the Europa League.
“He’s been a key ingredient and he’s a good man to work with – honest and trustworthy – and he’s got the same beliefs as us, so the relationship is a good one.”
Michu is one reason why the Swans have fared so well under Laudrup and the Spaniard recently earned his first international cap, with Coral offering odds of 4/1 about him breaking the deadlock in this game.
Jonjo Shelvey looks like an eye-catching price at odds of 10/1 with Sky Bet on the basis that the former Liverpool man could play in an advanced position, having been on the bench for Saturday’s game.
Kuban Krasnodar are bottom of Group A and have suffered 2-0 defeats at the hands of St Gallen and Valencia, with BetVictor prepared to offer 8/1 about the visitors claiming three points, while the draw is an 18/5 shot.
However, the Russian side have lost six of their last eight games in all competitions, the latest of which was a 3-1 loss against Dinamo Moscow on Sunday.
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