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  • 27 November 2011
  • • 13:30
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: N. Swarbrick
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Swansea City - Aston Villa Preview: Brendan Rodgers' men looking to resurrect home form

Swansea City - Aston Villa Preview: Brendan Rodgers' men looking to resurrect home form

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The Swans were undefeated until their last home game, against Manchester United, when the Red Devils put in an indifferent performance but still snatched a 1-0 result


PROBABLE LINEUPS

SWANSEA CITY

Vorm
Rangel, Monk, Williams, Taylor
Dyer, Britton, Allen, Gower, Sinclair
Graham

ASTON VILLA

Given
Cuellar, Collins, Dunne, Warnock
Hutton, Petrov, Herd, Heskey
Bent, Agbonlahor
Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers will probably field Joe Allen in the starting line-up following the midfielder's return to full fitness. Wayne Routledge is likely to be the one whose place will be sacrificed, since Allen is the boss' first choice.

Steven Caulker is reported to have returned to training following the knee injury he sustained against Arsenal, but is expected to be left out of the squad for this fixture.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has to make do without the services of Nathan Delfouneso (hamstring) and Eric Lichaj (hip) due to their respective injuries.

Nathan Baker, Habib Beye, Gary Gardner and Shane Lowry are unavailable since they have all gone out on loan to other clubs.

Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov and midfielder Chris Herd are still doubts as they are recovering from muscle and hamstring injuries, respectively.


DID YOU KNOW
  •  Swansea City have not locked horns with Aston Villa in the Premier League era. In fact, the last time that these two clubs crossed paths was back in 1983, when the Swans beat the Villans 2-1 at home.
  • At the time, Aston Villa were the champions of the continent, having won the European Cup in 1982. That feat was achieved when a lone goal from Peter Withe proved enough to see off Bayern Munich in the final of the competition.
  • The Welsh side have met the Birmingham-based outfit 17 times in their history, and none of those games ended in a draw. The Swans have also won only three of those fixtures.
  • Brendan Rodgers' men have shipped only two goals in the Premier League at the Liberty Stadium this season. No team has conceded fewer goals at home.
  • Aston Villa are one of only two sides - the other being Swansea - outside the relegation zone who have been unable to register a victory on their travels.
  • Alex McLeish's men have conceded 11 goals in their last five away games.
  • Villa have also kept only one clean sheet in their last nine matches in the Premier League.
  • Gabriel Agbonlahor (pictured right) has scored five goals in the league so far, and has created six more in the process. Only Manchester City's David Silva has more assists to his name.
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Available Squads
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
22Ángel RangelDefender
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
3Neil TaylorDefender
11Scott Sinclair Midfielder
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
24Joe AllenMidfielder
-Mark GowerMidfielder
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
30Danny GrahamStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
18Vangelis MorasDefender
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
29Ashley RichardsMidfielder
33Stephen Dobbie Striker
18Leroy LitaStriker
8Luke MooreStriker
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
6Alan HuttonDefender
5Richard DunneDefender
19James CollinsDefender
13Stephen WarnockDefender
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
16Fabian DelphMidfielder
17Chris HerdMidfielder
39Darren BentStriker
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
-Emile HeskeyStriker
1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
6Ciaran ClarkDefender
24Carlos Javier CuéllarDefender
8Jermaine JenasMidfielder
12Marc AlbrightonMidfielder
46Barry BannanMidfielder
14Nathan DelfounesoStriker
Players to Watch
Danny Graham
Danny Graham
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 30
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Danny Graham has put in some good performances for the Swans so far, and will fancy his chances against a side who have had some trouble keeping clean sheets. His contribution could be the difference between the two sides, as the defence has generally done its job so far at the Liberty Stadium.
Gabriel Agbonlahor
Gabriel Agbonlahor
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 11
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Gabriel Agbonlahor has to put in a strong performances and help in either the creation or scoring of goals himself, since the Villans need to outscore opponents who have been miserly in defence so far.

Prediction
Swansea have only lost to Manchester United in their own backyard, so they should prove to be strong opposition for the Villans to crack. They have only conceded two goals at the Liberty Stadium, but both of them came in the last two home games.

Even so, Villa are no mugs with the ball, and should put up a good enough showing provided they can shake off the sort of form that has seen them lose three of their last five matches.

This match should be an interesting contest between the two sides, and it appears that the hosts could nick this one due to home advantage.
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