MATCH PREVIEW: Stoke v Swans

19th October 2014

The Swans go in search of their first win in six games when they face Stoke on Sunday (4pm).
Garry Monk's side head to the Britannia Stadium on the back of just one victory in their last five league matches - a 3-0 win over West Brom back in August.
However, following defeats to Chelsea and Southampton, the Swans have drawn with Sunderland and arguably should have taken all three points against Newcastle last time out.
They face a Stoke side who have won just once at home all season, but the Britannia Stadium hasn't been a kind venue to the Swans in recent years.
Successive 2-0 defeats in 2011-12 and 2012-13 was followed up by a credible 1-1 draw back in February in what was Garry Monk's second game as interim head coach.

Jonjo Shelvey serves a one-match ban for the visitors after accumulating five yellow cards.
Stoke could welcome back Mame Biram Diouf and Victor Moses from injury, but Glenn Whelan (knee), Marko Arnautovic (hip) and Robert Huth (calf) are all doubtful.

Stoke boss Mark Hughes: "We are looking to be nice and solid and take the game to Swansea.
"They've got a good team and have had a great start to the season. We had two really good games against them last year and no-one came out on top.
"It will be close again, but given our display in the game against Newcastle, that will help us and give us confidence to take the game away from them."

Swans boss Garry Monk: "It's a game for us to try and get three points. Stoke is never an easy place to go and we know we have never won there in the Premier League. 
"However, we should have won the last time we played there in February so hopefully we can repeat that performance and get the victory. 
"We have to go there with belief and impose ourselves on the game." 

  • Peter Crouch has scored four goals in his last five Premier League appearances against Swansea City
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson has six assists in seven Premier League appearances for Swansea this season, two more than he managed in 58 PL games at Tottenham (4)
  • There have only been three goals scored in the three Premier League games at the Britannia Stadium this season; fewer than at any other ground
  • The away side has never won when these two teams have met in the Premier League
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