Premier League Preview: Swansea - Stoke
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 neighbors in the table, sitting ninth and 10th in the Premier League respectively.
- Swansea is 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 percent this season: Garry Monk, Ki Sung-Yueng and Leon Britton.
- Swansea has had the most home draws in the Premier League, drawing six times in 11 games at the Liberty Stadium.
- Stoke has 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 its home form; away from home, Tony Pulis' side has won just once in 11 games.
- Every one of the previous Premier League meetings between these two sides has finished 2-0. Stoke has been the victors twice, with Swansea winning on one occasion.
Top 3 Predictions
Swansea City 2-1 Stoke
- 20 %
Swansea City 2-0 Stoke
- 12.8 %
Swansea City 3-1 Stoke
- 11.2 %
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Nov 10, 2013||Swansea City 3 - Stoke 3|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Jan 19, 2013||Swansea City 3 - Stoke 1|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Sep 29, 2012||Stoke 2 - Swansea City 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Feb 26, 2012||Stoke 2 - Swansea City 0|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Oct 2, 2011||Swansea City 2 - Stoke 0|
|Dec 4, 2013||Swansea City 3 - Newcastle 0||EPL|
|Dec 1, 2013||Manchester City 3 - Swansea City 0||EPL|
|Nov 28, 2013||Swansea City 0 - Valencia 1||EL|
|Nov 23, 2013||Fulham 1 - Swansea City 2||EPL|
|Nov 10, 2013||Swansea City 3 - Stoke 3||EPL|
|20||Jonathan De Guzmán||Midfielder|
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