Managerless Swansea City welcome Slaven Bilic’s West Ham United to the Liberty Stadium this weekend. If previous games between the two are anything to go by, this super Sunday clash has all the makings of being a real ding-dong battle in South Wales.

It’s a huge game for all concerned, with both sides looking to get back to winning ways. The Swans, who are obviously without a manager after parting ways with the popular Garry Monk after the 3-0 home defeat to Leicester City earlier in the month, haven’t won since beating Aston Villa 2-1 in late October.

Although West Ham’s form is much better than Swansea’s in recent weeks, the Hammers are also in desperate need of the three points. Since superbly seeing off Chelsea on the same day that the Swans beat Villa, Bilic’s troops have drawn four and lost two of their subsequent six games.

The last few times these two have gone head-to-head, they’ve been feisty affairs to say the least – this one is nicely poised for more of the same.

The Irons done some excellent transfer business in the summer, adding quality to an already very good squad. However, they will be without the influential Dimitri Payet and Manuel Lanzini for their trip to Wales on Sunday.

Nevertheless, the east London club still have players who are more than capable of hurting the Swans – we take a look at three West Ham United players Swansea should be looking out for the most this weekend.

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Garry Monk’s Swansea City travel to Anfield this Sunday to take on Jurgen Klopp’s in-form Liverpool.

Both sides go into Sunday’s contest in a compete contrast of form. The Swans have tasted just one Premier League victory in nine, whilst the Reds have won their last five games out of six in all competitions.

Undoubtedly, since Klopp took over the managerial reigns in mid-October, the whole club seems to have had a massive lift, and the German is starting to stamp his authority at Anfield.

As for the Swans, Garry Monk’s side are in desperate need of some sort of reprieve. The only three points they’ve managed since late August was a somewhat fortuitous 2-1 win at bottom of the table Aston Villa at the end of last month.

Nevertheless, as they say in football, form is temporary, class is permanent – and Swansea still have the players within their ranks that can hurt Liverpool this weekend.

We take a look at three key battlegrounds in Sunday’s vital Premier League clash in Merseyside.

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Garry Monk takes his Swansea City troops to Anfield this weekend to take on an in-form Liverpool side.

After winning just one Premier League game in nine, a trip to Anfield to face a revitalised Liverpool who are just starting to find their feet under Jurgen Klopp, would not be first-choice on Monk’s list of opponents at present.

Despite a mini set-back when they were beaten at home by Crystal Palace a couple of weeks ago, things are going superbly well for the new Reds boss at Anfield. In the short time he’s been Liverpool manager, Klopp has already orchestrated away wins at Chelsea and Manchester City, as well as gaining good results at White Hart Lane and in Europe.

After the Merseyside club’s stunning display at the Etihad Stadium last weekend, added to the fact Swansea are in such a poor run of results, Liverpool will be strong favourites to get the three points.

However, even Klopp admitted himself that Liverpool are not perfect, and believe it or not, there are still weaknesses in their team that the Swans could exploit this weekend.

We pick out the three main weaknesses within the Reds’ team.

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After drawing 2-2 with Bournemouth on the weekend, next up for Garry Monk’s Swansea City is a trip to Anfield to take on a buoyant and revitalised Liverpool.

The Swans were held by relegation-threatened Bournemouth on Saturday – and if it wasn’t for a first-half comeback, the Cherries could well have taken all three points.

For large parts of the contest, Howe’s side were the better team. They had more of the ball, more shots at goal, and they will certainly feel aggrieved that they didn’t take maximum points back to Dean Court with them.

Unfortunately for the Swans, a trip to Anfield to take on an in-form Liverpool side isn’t exactly ideal right now. Jurgen Klopp’s side are fresh off the back of a master-class performance, which saw them comfortably see off Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Reds were a class above City, and in truth, they could quite easily have scored more than just the four.

A trip to Anfield is tough at any given time, but a trip to face a Liverpool side who are starting to find their feet under a world-class manager is an ominous sign for anyone.

We take a look at what Swansea can learn from the Reds’ faultless display in Manchester, and what threats they will cause the Swans this weekend.

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Swansea City entertain Bournemouth this weekend, with both sides eager to claim all three points.

Currently, the Swans and the Cherries are two of the Premier League’s most out-of-form teams. Garry Monk’s side have tasted just one victory success in eight league games, whilst Eddie Howe’s troops haven’t won since beating Sunderland 2-0 at home in mid-September – I think it’s fair to say that both sides are in somewhat of a crisis at present.

Bournemouth’s struggle is not too surprising. They are Premier League new boys, and the majority of promoted clubs struggle to adapt to the pace and rigours of the Premier League.

But as for the Swans, their plight has been a shock and a real wake-up call for Monk and co. After starting the season so brightly, Swansea have gone off the boil at a rate of knots. Since beating Manchester United at the end of August, the Swans have only won once since, that came against struggling Aston Villa last month.

Nevertheless, we’re going to focus on Bournemouth, and what kind of a threat they will pose on Saturday. Even though the Championship champions currently occupy a place in the relegation zone, they still have players who are more than capable of troubling the Swans at the Liberty this weekend.

We take a look at three Bournemouth players who Swansea need to watch out for the most tomorrow.

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Garry Monk’s Swansea City welcome Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth to the Liberty Stadium this Saturday.

Both sides are in desperate need of a win – the Swans have won just once in eight Premier League games, and the Cherries have lost their last five matches on the bounce in all competitions.

After encouraging starts to the season, both the Swans and the Championship champions’ campaigns have tailed off drastically.

Monk’s side won two and drew two of their opening four league games, including an excellent point at Chelsea and another memorable win over Manchester United. However, just one Premier League win has followed since.

Bournemouth won two of their opening six league games, but haven’t won since. In fact, the Cherries have lost five of their last six Premier League games and are no doubt in freefall.

We take a look at the five key factors that could potentially decide Saturday’s crucial game in South Wales.

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Swansea City take a welcome break from Premier League action this week as international football takes centre stage.

Normally, the international break is looked upon as a distraction and Garry Monk has even labelled the timing of the break as “farcical”, but it may have come at just the right time and it could turn out to be exactly what the Swans needed. It gives Monk time to sit down, analyse, dissect, and try to figure out what on earth has gone wrong at the Liberty Stadium in the last couple of months.

Not like you needed reminding, but the Swans have won just once in eight league games, losing five of those eight fixtures. After seemingly turning the corner with the 2-1 win at Aston Villa last month, Monk’s side then fell to a 3-0 defeat at home to Arsenal, before losing 1-0 at Norwich City last weekend.

Nevertheless, we’re going to do our best to forget about domestic football for now and concentrate on international matters. Swansea have 18 players on national duty this week – we take a look at the international Swans who you should look out for this weekend.

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Swansea City fell to yet another defeat on the weekend as they were beaten 1-0 at Carrow Road by newly promoted Norwich City.

Swansea’s defeat in Norfolk was their fifth loss in eight league games, a run that has seen them slip down to 14th place in the Barclays Premier League table.

Garry Monk’s side were tipped by many to better their record-breaking season of last year, however, results and performances have been shocking of late and disregarding the first four games of the season, Swansea have looked average at best.

When you compare Swansea’s form to the likes of Southampton, West Ham United and Leicester City’s – currently, they are nowhere near these clubs in terms of the quality of football being played and the results on the pitch.

The Swans were tipped to finish above, or at least on par, with those trio of clubs. But Swansea sit seven points off the Saints, eight behind the Hammers and a staggering 12 points adrift of the Foxes.

We take a look into why the Swans have struggled so much in recent weeks – and why their Premier League rivals are far superior to them at present.

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This weekend, Garry Monk’s Swansea City welcome Arsenal to the Liberty Stadium for another crucial Premier League clash.

Both sides go into tomorrow’s contest on the back of good wins. Swansea put their bad run of results to bed with an extremely hard-fought 2-1 victory at Villa Park. An expertly taken free kick from Gylfi Sigurdsson and a late tap in by the influential Andre Ayew turned the game on it’s head and gave the Swans an invaluable three points.

Even though a young Arsenal team fell to somewhat surprising 3-0 Capital One Cup defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in midweek, the Gunners head to South Wales in fine form. Arsene Wenger’s men have won their last four league games on the bounce, as well as seeing off Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

It’s always an intriguing contest when these two sides take to the field, you never know quite what to expect. We take a look at 5 key stats that could decide the game.

NEXT: Injuries

After finally putting their bad run to bed with a hard-fought and much-needed win at Aston Villa last weekend, Swansea City welcome an in-form Arsenal side to the Liberty Stadium this Saturday.

The Gunners are flying high joint-top of the table, currently level on points with Manchester City. Arsene Wenger’s side have won their last four Premier League games on the spin, and haven’t lost a league game since a 2-0 defeat at Chelsea in mid-September.

The Swans also go into Saturday’s contest in high spirits. Despite gaining just two points from a possible 15 prior to the Aston Villa match, Swansea’s win at Villa Park is exactly what Garry Monk and co needed going into Saturday’s showdown with the Gunners.

Despite a midweek setback in the League Cup, when a young Arsenal team crashed to a surprising 3-0 defeat to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, Wenger’s troops will travel to the Liberty Stadium in fine fettle and looking to take maximum points back with them.

However, there are still weaknesses in the Arsenal team that the Swans must exploit this weekend if they want to get anything from the game. We take a look at the north London club’s three main weaknesses ahead of their trip to South Wales.

NEXT: Injuries



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