Swansea have opened their Premier League account with a 4-0 defeat at Manchester City followed by a goalless draw with Wigan, although Brendan Rodgers’ team can now try and boost their confidence levels when they travel to the New Meadow on Tuesday night.
The Swans have already demonstrated that they can play aesthetically pleasing football and the manager will now want to see them score some goals, with the visitors available at 5/6 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) to win this Carling Cup tie against a Shrewsbury team who have experienced an average start to life in League Two.
The Shropshire side did raise their game at Pride Park earlier this month to beat Derby 3-2 in the first round and that result is looking even more impressive when you consider that the Rams have played four and won four of their matches in the Championship.
Graham Turner’s team are a 7/2 chance (bet365 – £200 free betting) to claim another scalp and the Shropshire side might take advantage of the fact that Rodgers is likely to rest players such as Scott Sinclair and Nathan Dyer.
Even so, Danny Graham might be given the chance to open his account for the Welsh side ahead of the weekend clash with Sunderland, while Stephen Dobbie (7/1 Coral) is capable of scoring from outside the area and might merit a small First Goalscorer bet.