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  • 2 October 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: M. Jones
  • • Attendance: 19523
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Swansea City - Stoke City Preview: Swans look to continue positive home form against Potters

Tony Pulis takes his team to the Liberty Stadium following Thursday night's 2-1 Europa League success over Besiktas, while the Welsh side are yet to concede at home this season


PROBABLE LINEUPS

SWANSEA

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

STOKE

 
Begovic
Huth, Shawcross, Woodgate, Wilson
Delap, Whelan, Palacios, Pennant
Crouch, Walters

Leon Britton will be hoping to play despite suffering from a back injury, with Mark Gower likely to deputise if Britton is unavailable. Swansea's record signing Danny Graham is likely to return to the starting XI after recovering from injury.

Matty Etherington is a doubt for this game after limping out of Stoke's 2-1 win over Besiktas on Thursday night with a dead leg. Tony Pulis will be without Kenwyne Jones who has a hamstring problem, and Danny Higginbotham is still sidelined with a serious knee injury.


DID YOU KNOW?

  • Swansea have managed to keep a clean sheet in half of their Premier League matches (three).
  • The Swans are yet to be beaten at home after drawing their first two games at the Liberty Stadium before beating West Brom 3-0.
  • Swansea won the last game between these two, over ten years ago in England's third tier - securing a 2-1 win at the Britannia thanks to goals from Jason Price and Kristian O'Leary.
  • Brendan Rodgers' side are the only one of the promoted teams in the bottom half of the table with Norwich and QPR in 9th and 10th, respectively.
  • Both sides have scored just four goals from their six Premier League games so far this season.
  • Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross (pictured above) is set to make his 100th Premier League appearance.
  • Only Manchester City have a better disciplinary record than both sides so far this season.
  • The Potters have not been the best starters in games, only leading one of their Premier League games at half-time so far this season (against Liverpool).
  • The match is likely to feature the Premier League's tallest player (Peter Crouch, 6ft, 7in) and its smallest (Nathan Dyer: 5 ft, 5 in).
  • Last week Stoke became the first side to get a point against Manchester United, derailing the champions' 100 per cent start to the Premier League season.

Players to watch

N. Dyer

Position: Midfielder

Games: 8

  • 3
  • 1
  • 0
Scott Sinclair was the star for Swansea as they reached the Premier League last season but that form has led to the former Chelsea man being targeted, allowing Dyer to do damage for the Swans with his lightning pace and direct running.

Dyer tormented Chelsea's back line last weekend, troubling both Jose Bosingwa and Ashley Cole, and was unlucky not to score when his 25-yard effort struck the bar.

J. Walters

Position: Attacker

Games: 4

  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
The bustling forward epitomises Stoke's committed approach but the former Chester and Wrexham man has added a good touch to his strength and work rate.

The Bolton trainee is Stoke's top scorer so far this season, netting three times in all competitions, and scored the winner from the spot as Stoke upset Liverpool earlier on in the campaign.

Editor's Prediction

This meeting of two of the League's best defences and worst attacks might not suggest goals but it is likely to be fascinating to see Swansea take on the team that manager Brendan Rodgers has called the blueprint for Premier League survival.

Stoke's midweek European tie is likely to result in a few tired legs and the Swans' pace and passing game may be too much as the Potters tire later in the match.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Swansea City

Stoke City

Wins
1
2
2
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Swansea City AFC SWA
Swansea City AFC Swansea City
Draw
Stoke City FC STO
Stoke City FC Stoke City
21%
25%
54%

Top 3 Predictions

Swansea City AFC SWA
0 - 2
Stoke City FC STO
Swansea City AFC SWA
1 - 1
Stoke City FC STO
Swansea City AFC SWA
1 - 2
Stoke City FC STO

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