Fixture Previews

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 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.

NEXT: Form

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.

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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.

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Garry Monk takes his Swansea City troops to Villa Park this Saturday as the Swans look for their first win in six Premier League games.

They travel to an Aston Villa side who are without a league victory since the opening day of the season. Both clubs are in desperate need of the three points at Villa Park on Saturday, and it has all the makings of being a very tense and tight affair.

After a blistering start to the campaign, Swansea have lost four of their last six games in all competitions since beating Manchester United 2-1 in late August. Monk’s side have since lost against Watford, Southampton and most recently Stoke City – they were also dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Championship side Hull City.

Despite still going strong in the League Cup, the Villans have lost their last five Premier League games on the bounce and currently sit second from bottom in the league table.

It’s undoubtedly going to be a huge clash at Villa Park this Saturday – we take a look a three major factors between the two sides ahead of Swansea’s visit to Aston Villa.

NEXT: Swansea’s Recent Record Against Villa

Swansea City need to put their season back on track, starting next Monday when they welcome Mark Hughes’ Stoke City to the Liberty Stadium.

After starting the new campaign in terrific style, Swansea’s form has dipped and they now find themselves looking for their first win in five Premier League games.

Just before the international break, the Swans put their dwindling season back on track somewhat with a hard-fought and respectable 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur – and if it wasn’t for Christian Eriksen’s brilliance, Garry Monk’s team would have tasted victory.

Nevertheless, Swansea will be hoping the point with Spurs can kick-start another good run and start pushing them up the Premier League table.

The Swans play three times before the month of October is up, and what a month of fixtures it is. After facing Stoke on Monday night, Swansea travel to strugglers Aston Villa, before making the trip to Arsenal on October 31.

We take a look at the next three fixtures and try to predict the outcome of the matches.

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Swansea City host Tottenham Hotspur this Saturday in what is expected to be a tense affair at the Liberty Stadium.

Swans boss Garry Monk will be looking for his side to get their season back on track after a poor run of results. Spurs will also be looking to take maximum points, after winning their last three Premier League games on the spin.

Despite Swansea’s disappointing slump in form, manager Monk has urged his team to get back to their best against Spurs this weekend. Unfortunately for the Swans, they are facing a club that they have never beat since gaining promotion to the Premier League – but what better time to put that right tomorrow?

The Lilywhites have some superb talent at their disposal, and like every game in the Premier League, Swansea will have to be in top form to get anything from the encounter. Even though tomorrow’s visitors have some excellent players, there are still weaknesses in their side that the Swans may be able to capitalise on.

We take a look at three potential Tottenham Hotspur weaknesses that Swansea City could exploit at the Liberty tomorrow.

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Swansea City return to Premier League action this weekend as they travel to St Mary’s to take on Southampton.

The Swans were knocked out of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday after being beaten 1-0 by Steve Bruce’s Hull City.

However, despite exiting the League Cup and failing to score in any of the last three games in all competitions, Garry Monk and his Swansea side will be heading to Southampton with nothing to fear and looking to return with a positive result and performance.

Speaking about his side’s lack of goals ahead of this Saturday’s showdown, the Swansea boss said;

“You would love everyone to score but it doesn’t really matter as long as the team are scoring and we’re in a position to win games.

“Of course, we work on things for other people to contribute but to be able to score a goal you need the team to play the right way.

“You’ve got to get the ball in those positions for others to score and that’s very much a team contribution. We’ve been doing that fantastically well this season and we’re only going to get better looking at the players in training.”

Even though the Saints have won just one out of six Premier League fixtures, they’re still a very good side and will be wanting to get their league season up and running this Saturday.

It will no doubt be a very tough game at St Mary’s, and the Swans will need to be at their very best to escape with all the points. We take a look at three potential Southampton weaknesses that Swansea could exploit tomorrow.

NEXT: Poor Start

Swansea City are gearing up for their fifth Barclays Premier League fixture of the season as they travel to Watford this Saturday.

The Hornets secured promotion from the Championship last term after an eight-year absence from the top flight. On their return to the Premier League, Quique Flores’ side have drawn three and lost one of their opening four Premier League outings.

After securing three straight draws against Everton, West Bromwich Albion and Southampton respectively, the Hornets suffered a defeat at Manchester City, bravely going down 2-0. Nonetheless, Watford have started this season well, and despite struggling to score goals, they’ve proven to be very shrewd defensively.

As for the Swans, Garry Monk’s side have started the new campaign in terrific form. Swansea have taken eight points from their first four fixtures and currently sit fourth in the Premier League table. Monk’s team have drawn against Chelsea and Sunderland and have beaten Newcastle United and Manchester United.

However, despite Swansea’s solid start, Vicarage Road is a tricky ground to go to, and the Swans will have to be at their best to take the three points back to South Wales.

Saturday’s hosts have some very capable players in their side – we take a look at the three Watford players that Swansea must watch out for the most this weekend.

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Swansea City welcome Manchester United to the Liberty Stadium this Sunday, as they will be looking to secure their third consecutive victory over the 20-time Premier League champions.

The Swans produced some memorable performances and results against the Red Devils last season – Garry Monk’s side become the first Swansea City team to do the double over United.

As I’m sure we all remember, both games ended in 2-1 Swansea wins, and how we’d like that to be the case yet again this Sunday. However, Manchester United have spent big and wisely in the summer, bringing in some outstanding quality to bolster their superstar team.

Nonetheless, the Manchester United manager has had some bad memories of Swansea City and he’s fully focused on Sunday’s game. Van Gaal said;

“Swansea City is the most important match now. Last year we lost six points against them and we have to improve that.”

Despite the visitors posing a real attacking threat, there may be weaknesses in their team that the Swans could exploit. Swansea proved last year that they have what it takes to beat the Premier League big boys, and the United faithful will be fully aware of that.

We take a look at three possible Manchester United weaknesses that Swansea may be able to take advantage of at the Liberty Stadium this Sunday.

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