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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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Swansea City’s next Premier League opponents are Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium this Saturday. We take a look at what the Swans can learn from the Gunners’ last matchup against Everton.

Firstly, Swansea will be heading into the fixture with Arsenal in high spirits. Garry Monk’s side finally put their bad run to bed with an extremely hard-fought 2-1 win over Aston Villa last Saturday.

It was by no means a convincing Swans display, but goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andre Ayew cancelled out Jordan Ayew’s opener to turn the game on its head and seal a much-needed three points for Swansea. The Swans’ win at Villa Park was their first Premier League win in six, moving them up to 12th in the process. As for this weekend’s visitors, Arsene Wenger’s side are on fire at the moment. Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny struck for the Gunners to see off the Toffees 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

Arsenal’s win briefly put them top of the table, but Manchester City’s draw with neighbours Manchester United means they go into Saturday’s contest level on points with City at the top.

We dissect the Gunners’ 2-1 win over Roberto Martinez’s side, and see what the Swans can learn from the fixture.

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Swansea City are back in action this Monday as they take on Stoke City at the Liberty Stadium.

After an excellent start to the campaign which saw the Swans draw at Chelsea and Sunderland and beat Newcastle and Manchester United, Swansea have gone off the boil recently. Garry Monk’s side haven’t won since beating United – losing two and drawing two of their last four games.

In contrast, Stoke City have won their last two Premier League games, after enduring a slow start to the season. Mark Hughes’ side beat Bournemouth 2-1 before winning 1-0 at Villa Park before the international break.

Whenever Swansea meet Stoke, there’s usually fireworks. Both sides won their home fixtures last term – with Stoke controversially beating the Swans 2-1 at the Britannia last October – Victor Moses stole the limelight for all the wrong reasons, diving to win Stoke a penalty. Monk’s side then got revenge by beating the Potters 2-0 in May.

Hughes Side will no doubt pose a real threat to Swansea at the Liberty, but we take a look at three Stoke weaknesses the Swans could potentially exploit on Monday.

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Swansea City are back in Premier League action this Monday as they welcome Stoke City to the Liberty Stadium.

The Swans will be looking to get back to winning ways after suffering two defeats and drawing two of their last four Premier League games. Garry Monk’s side did manage to stop the rot somewhat, earning a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur before the international break.

As for Monday’s visitors, Stoke have won their last three consecutive games in all competitions and sit just one point behind Swansea in the Premier League table. The Potters head to South Wales unbeaten in three, since suffering a 2-0 loss to Arsenal in mid-September.

Since Stoke arrived in the Premier League, year after year they’ve improved their squad, and they currently have an excellent side at their disposal. Former Wales manager Mark Hughes has done a superb job bringing in top quality players to the Britannia Stadium.

We take a look at the three Stoke City players that Garry Monk and his Swansea City must watch out for the most this Monday.

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After slumping to two defeats in their last three Premier League outings, Swansea City now face Tottenham Hotspur this Saturday, a club they have never beat during their time in the Premier League.

Although crisis talks have been rubbished by the manager and the skipper, Swansea really do need to get thier season back on track as soon as possible. After suffering a poor defeat to Warford, Monk’s side were then dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Champioship side Hull City, and then were deservedly beaten 3-1 by Southampton last week..

Swansea’s dismal form is a far cry from the way they began the season. The Swans earned good draws at Chelsea and Sunderland and beat Newcastle and Manchester United.

However, despite Swansea’s poor run of results, since Garry Monk became boss, he’s had a good habit of galvanizing his team when in need – and that’s something he’s certainly got to do this weekend.

Spurs, who didn’t start their season too brightly, have just won thier last three Premier League games on the bounce – including thumping Manchester City 4-1 at White Hart Lane last Saturday.

Tottenham are an extremely dangerous team with world-class players glittered accross their entire squad. We take a look at the three Spurs players Swansea must watch out for the most tomorrow.

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After Capital One Cup action, Garry Monk and his Swansea City side travel to St Mary’s to face Southampton back in the Premier League.

Southampton and Swansea both had contrasting midweek League Cup results. The Swans were dumped out after a disappointing 1-0 loss to Championship side Hull City. Meanwhile, Ronald Koeman’s Saints thumped MK Dons 6-0.

However, Southampton have struggled to get their Premier League campaign going. Just one win out of six games, which came at home to newly promoted Norwich City, sees the Saints currently occupy 16th in the league table.

As for the Swans, despite gaining just a point from their last two outings, Monk’s side have had a good start to their season and are in seventh place at present.

St Mary’s is always a difficult place to go, and the fact that they’ve only secured one league win thus far will make it an even harder test for the Swans.

Still, Swansea have proven over the years that they’re more than capable of going anywhere in the Premier League and producing the right result, including at Southampton last season.

Both sided possess real quality throughout their teams – we take a look at the three main Southampton threats that Swansea need to watch out for the most this Saturday.

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Swansea City travel to Sunderland this weekend for their third Premier League fixture of the new season.

They face a Sunderland side who have lost both of their opening games. They opened up with a poor 4-2 defeat at Leicester City, before very disappointingly losing 3-1 at home to Premier League newcomers Norwich City.

As for the Swans, Garry Monk’s side have started their season in fine form. After an excellent 2-2 draw with champions Chelsea on opening day, Swansea easily saw off Steve McClaren’s Newcastle United 2-0 at the Liberty Stadium last week.

Swansea head to the Stadium of Light with the bit between their teeth. They will be favourites to get the three points on Saturday, and it could potentially be a very long day for Dick Advocaat and the Sunderland faithful.

Swansea will arrive in the North East fully prepared, and you can only see this game going one way. However, the Black Cats will want to put their early season nightmare to bed and get the right result against the Swans.

We take a look at three potential Sunderland weaknesses that Swansea must exploit this weekend.

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Garry Monk takes his Swansea City team to the Stadium of Light on Saturday to face a Sunderland side who have yet to register a single point this season.

The Black Cats’ start to the new Premier League campaign has been a complete contrast to their Saturday opponents. A terrible opening day 4-2 defeat to Leicester City was followed up with an even more disappointing 3-1 home loss to newly promoted Norwich City.

According to reports on the Mail Online, Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat is thinking about changing his back-line strategy for the visit of Swansea City. Speaking to the Sunderland Echo after their poor defeat to the Canaries last Saturday, Advocaat said;

“I didn’t want to change the back-line already after one game. But at the moment, there are players playing who I can’t understand why they are playing that way.

“I cannot understand it, honestly. But there must be a reason and I hope that they can tell me. I spoke to the players and told them that we like full backs, who if the possibility comes, they go forward.”

However, despite Sunderland’s early season misfortunes, they are still more than capable of causing the Swans a huge threat on Saturday. We pick out three of Advocaat’s players who Swansea must be very wary of this weekend.

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Swansea City welcome Steve McClaren’s Newcastle United to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday for the second game of the new Barclays Premier League season.

The Magpies drew their first match with Southampton at St James’ Park. Goals from striker Papiss Cisse and new signing Georginio Wijnaldum earned McClaren’s men a respectable 2-2 draw with the Saints.

As for the Swans, they started their league campaign with an admirable 2-2 draw with the champions Chelsea – debutant Andre Ayew’s first half strike and a Bafetimbi Gomis penalty 10 minutes after the break secured an excellent opening day draw at Stamford Bridge.

Since Swansea gained promotion to the top flight under the management of Brendan Rodgers in 2011, the Swans have faced Newcastle eight times. During those eight encounters, Swansea have certainly had the better of things, and the Magpies have only tasted victory once.

Garry Monk’s side will no doubt be favourites to get the three points this weekend. We take a look at three Newcastle United weaknesses that Swansea could potentially exploit this Saturday.

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As we approach the opening weekend of the new Barclays Premier League season, we take a look back at Swansea City’s last three opening day results.

This season kicks off with arguably the toughest test of the campaign as Garry Monk takes his Swansea side to Stamford Bridge to face the champions Chelsea.

Despite the Blues having a poor pre-season campaign, Monk believes you can’t read anything in to that. Speaking ahead of Saturday’s clash, he said;

“Man United won every single game in pre-season last year and we won at Old Trafford on the opening day. It’s very difficult to read into pre-season games as teams are experimenting, organising and preparing.

“When you come into Premier League games it’s a totally different animal. Players think differently and the approach and intensity is different, so we will prepare for the best Chelsea side and hopefully put on a good performance.”

The Swans proved last year that they are more than capable of going anywhere in the Premier League and earning a positive result. We take a look at the last three opening day games, and look into whether Monk’s troops can upset the champions on Saturday.

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