MATCH PREVIEW: Swans v Bournemouth

21st November 2015

The Swans will be looking to return to winning ways when they face AFC Bournemouth at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (3pm).
Garry Monk's side return to action following the international break looking to bounce back from the defeat against Norwich a fortnight ago.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, arrive in SA1 in a difficult period after five defeats in their last six league games - a run which has seen them drop into the bottom three.
The Cherries have won a number of admirers since arriving in the Premier League for the first time and have former Swans midfielder Shaun MacDonald in their ranks.

Swans boss Garry Monk: "I want them to express themselves. We have top players here and it's important they know that.
"We haven't performed to the levels that we can, but it's not through a lack of effort or commitment.
"We want to get back to wining ways, thats our focus. It's a big game. Its important we show our unity and character and put in a display that we can be proud of."

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: "I have long been an admirer of Swansea's philosophy and how they play the game.
"Their story very much mirrors ours in terms of their journey from League Two to the Premier League - they've done it in real style.
"I am sure Saturday will be an attractive game, but we have to carry our momentum on from the Newcastle game.
"If we can match that performance and have better cutting edge then I am sure we stand a very good chance."

Swansea 1-2 Bournemouth - April 2008
Bournemouth 1-4 Swansea - October 2007
Bournemouth 2-2 Swansea - April 2007
Swansea 4-2 Bournemouth - November 2006
Swansea 1-0 Bournemouth - February 2006

  • The Swans have lost just one of their last six league meetings with Bournemouth, winning four and drawing one
  • The last time the two sides met came in League One in 2007/08 when Swansea lost 2-1 at home in a season which ultimately saw the Swans promoted and the Cherries relegated
  • At the Liberty, Swansea are without a win in four top-flight games (D2 L2); they last went longer without a Premier League home win in September 2013
  • The Cherries have lost each of their last four Premier League games, netting just two and conceding 13 in the process
  • Bournemouth's Sylvan Distin is one game short of making 450 Premier League starts and thus becoming the first outfield player from outside the UK to hit that milestone and third overall (also Brad Friedel - 450 and Mark Schwarzer - 514)
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