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  • 19 January 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 19603
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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

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SWANSEA

Vorm
Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies
De Guzman, Britton
Agustien, Hernandez, Routledge
Michu
STOKE

Begovic
Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilkinson
Kightly, Nzonzi, Whelan, Etherington
Jerome, Walters


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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Available Squads
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
22Ángel RangelDefender
33Ben DaviesDefender
5MichuMidfielder
11Pablo HernándezMidfielder
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
20Jonathan De GuzmánMidfielder
4Sung-Yong KiMidfielder
9Itay ShechterStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
27Kyle BartleyDefender
21Dwight TiendalliDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
30Danny GrahamStriker
14Roland LamahMidfielder
1Asmir BegovicGoalkeeper
20Geoff CameronDefender
4Robert HuthDefender
17Ryan ShawcrossDefender
6Glenn WhelanMidfielder
15Steven N'ZonziMidfielder
16Charlie AdamMidfielder
18Dean WhiteheadMidfielder
26Matthew EtheringtonMidfielder
19Jonathan WaltersStriker
25Peter CrouchStriker
29Thomas SørensenGoalkeeper
20Matthew UpsonDefender
8W. PalaciosMidfielder
21Michael KightlyMidfielder
9Kenwyne JonesStriker
10Michael OwenStriker
30Cameron JeromeStriker
Players to Watch
Michel Vorm
Michel Vorm
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 1
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The Swansea keeper was in outstanding form against Arsenal in midweek, restricting the Gunners to just a 1-0 win when they could have easily scored several. Michael Laudrup's side are praised for their passing philosophy and attacking threat, but they owe as much to their Dutch shot-stopper as anyone.
Matthew Etherington
Matthew Etherington
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 26
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
An essential part of Tony Pulis' side, Etherington may prove influential if Stoke are to leave Wales with a positive result. The Potters' game is based on physical strength and aerial presence and the 31-year-old is the man who can provide the crosses and set-pieces to allow his side to thrive.
Prediction

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.

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