Swansea - Stoke Preview: Hosts look to continue five-match unbeaten run
Michael Laudrup's men will hope to extend their good form in the league against a Potters side who have won just once in 11 attempts away from home this season
By Tim Poole
Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies
De Guzman, Britton
Agustien, Hernandez, Routledge
Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson
Kightly, Nzonzi, Whelan, Etherington
Michael Laudrup is likely to continue his recent rotation policy, with Saturday's clash being Swansea's sixth game in 19 days.
Only Neil Taylor is on the injury list with a fractured ankle, but the likes of Danny Graham, Diego Tiendalli, Kyle Bartley and Nathan Dyer could be rested after featuring heavily in the midweek FA Cup defeat to Arsenal.
The visitors, meanwhile, are still without Rory Delap (hernia) and Marc Wilson (broken leg) but boast an otherwise clean bill of health.
With Kenwyne Jones' Stoke future the subject of doubt, Tony Pulis may opt to start Cameron Jerome up front alongside top-scorer Jonathan Walters but has other options in the form of Peter Crouch and Michael Owen.
Elsewhere, midfielders Dean Whitehead and Charlie Adam may also feature, although they may be restricted to substitute's roles.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Heading into Saturday's clash, Swansea and Stoke are neighbours in the table, sitting ninth and 10th in the Premier League respectively.
- Swansea are unbeaten in five league matches, although four of those games have finished as draws.
- Three Swans players have a pass success rate of above 90% this season: Garry Monk, Ki Sung-Yueng and Leon Britton.
- Swansea have had the most home draws in the Premier League, drawing six times in 11 games at the Liberty Stadium.
- Stoke have conceded seven goals in two league games so far in 2013, losing 3-0 at champions Manchester City and then suffering a 4-0 home defeat to Chelsea.
- The Potters' top-scorer this season, Jonathan Walters (pictured right), scored two own-goals and missed a penalty against Chelsea last weekend, although he recovered by scoring twice in the midweek 4-1 FA Cup win over Crystal Palace.
- Stoke's position in the top half of the Premier League is largely thanks to their home form; away from home, Tony Pulis' side have won just once in 11 games.
- Every one of the previous Premier League meetings between these two sides has finished 2-0. Stoke have been the victors twice, with Swansea winning on one occasion. Stoke are 16/1 to win 2-0 with bet365.
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Top 3 Predictions
Swansea City 2-1 Stoke City
- 20 %
Swansea City 2-0 Stoke City
- 12.8 %
Swansea City 3-1 Stoke City
- 11.2 %
|Premier League (EPL)||10 Nov 2013||Swansea City 3 - Stoke City 3|
|Premier League (EPL)||19 Jan 2013||Swansea City 3 - Stoke City 1|
|Premier League (EPL)||29 Sep 2012||Stoke City 2 - Swansea City 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||26 Feb 2012||Stoke City 2 - Swansea City 0|
|Premier League (EPL)||2 Oct 2011||Swansea City 2 - Stoke City 0|
|12 Dec 2013||Sankt Gallen 1 - Swansea City 0||EL|
|9 Dec 2013||Swansea City 1 - Hull City 1||EPL|
|4 Dec 2013||Swansea City 3 - Newcastle United 0||EPL|
|1 Dec 2013||Manchester City 3 - Swansea City 0||EPL|
|28 Nov 2013||Swansea City 0 - Valencia 1||EL|
|20||Jonathan De Guzmán||Midfielder|
When Swansea's recent fixture overload and the Potters' poor away record are taken into consideration, a draw seems the likeliest result. Both sides will be keen to avoid defeat but tiredness from their respective midweek fixtures may mean they both lack the punch to take the three points.