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  • September 15, 2012
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  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
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Premier League Preview: Aston Villa - Swansea

Premier League Preview: Aston Villa - Swansea

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Recently appointed boss Paul Lambert takes charge of his first league game at Villa Park when he comes up against a Swans side facing an injury crisis in defense

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ASTON VILLA

Guzan
Lichaj, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett

Holman, Ireland, Westwood, N'Zogbia
Bent, Benteke
SWANSEA

Vorm
Angel Rangel, Tate, Williams, Davies

Britton, De Guzman
Michu
Routledge, Graham, Dyer

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert could be set to hand a debut to deadline day signing Christian Benteke, with his forward options bolstered even further by the return of Gabriel Agbonlahor from injury.

Fellow new boys Joe Bennett and Ashley Westwood could also be handed their first starts for their new club, while Richard Dunne will miss the game with a groin strain and Marc Albrighton has only just begun training again after suffering from a broken foot in pre-season.

Elsewhere, Karim El Ahmadi has picked up a groin strain and both Gary Gardner and Stiliyan Petrov are long-term absentees.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has an altogether different proposition on his hands, with a swathe of defensive withdrawals leaving him something of a selection headache going into the game.

Neil Taylor's fractured ankle has all but ruled him out for the rest of the season and Dwight Tiendalli, who has since been signed as cover, will likely start on the bench due to his lack of match fitness.

Meanwhile, center back Chico Flores will begin the first of his three-game ban after his red card against Sunderland, Kyle Bartley will miss out after suffering a ruptured quad muscle during mid-week and Garry Monk has a back injury.

The exciting Pablo Hernandez looks set to start the game on the bench, owing to Dyer and Routledge's superb form of late and Ki-Sung Yeung will likely join him there.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Darren Bent is still yet to get off the mark under his new manager in the Premier League.
  • Aston Villa has not won a league game in its last 13 attempts, which is a club record in the Premier League.
  • Villa also has not scored more than one goal in any of its last 11 outings in the league.
  • Including Alex McLeish's time in charge last term and Paul Lambert's now, Villa hasn't emerged victorious on home soil from its last six attempts.
  • This is only the 20th meeting between the sides. Aston Villa has won 14, Swansea four and there has been just one draw.
  • Swansea won this fixture 2-0 last season, with wingers Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge grabbing the goals.
  • Michael Laudrup's side is the league's top scorers at present with 10 goals from its opening four games.
  • Summer signing Michu (pictured right) has scored 18 of his last 19 league goals from inside the penalty area.
  • If Swansea manage to win the game, it will be its best ever start to a new league season, a record that has stood since the 1981-82 campaign.

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1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
4Ron VlaarDefender
6Ciaran ClarkDefender
43Eric LichajDefender
34Matthew LowtonDefender
32Stephen IrelandMidfielder
8Karim El AhmadiMidfielder
14Brett HolmanMidfielder
46Barry BannanMidfielder
39Darren BentStriker
10Andreas WeimannStriker
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
3Joseph BennettDefender
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
15Ashley WestwoodMidfielder
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
21Jordan Nathaniel BoweryStriker
20C. BentekeStriker
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
5Alan TateDefender
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
22Ángel RangelDefender
33Ben DaviesDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
9MichuMidfielder
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
20Jonathan De GuzmánMidfielder
30Danny GrahamStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
11Pablo HernándezMidfielder
4Sung-Yong KiMidfielder
26Kemy AgustienMidfielder
29Ashley RichardsMidfielder
9Itay ShechterStriker
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