MATCH PREVIEW: Swans v Stoke

2nd May

The Swans go in search of back-to-back wins when they face Stoke City at the Liberty on Saturday (3pm).
Garry Monk's men re-wrote their record books last weekend as victory over Newcastle took them to their highest-ever points tally in the Barclays Premier League.
That result moved the Swans on to 50 points for the season as they remain in eighth place in the table.
And with Saturday's opponents Stoke just one place and three points behind them with four games to play, this weekend could prove pivotal.

Swans boss Garry Monk: "It's a vital game and probably the most important one of our season. We've been in the top ten all year and it is important that we consolidate that position.
"There is a real possibility for us to finish eighth and the highest we have ever finished in the Premier League. Stoke are a direct opponent, they are only three points behind us and it is a defining game."

Stoke boss Mark Hughes: "I think we all remember the game down there last season; it was pretty much a game of two halves.
"Swansea are a good side, and under Garry Monk this season they seemed to have pushed on once more. It's a challenge for us tomorrow, but it is certainly one we are ready for and one that we are feeling confident going into."

  • Swansea are unbeaten in their last five home games against Stoke (W4 D1 L0)
  • Peter Crouch has scored four goals in his last six Barclays Premier League games against Swansea
  • The Swans have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last seven Premier League games at Liberty Stadium
  • Stoke only need one more win to equal their best ever points tally in a Premier League season which came in 2013-14 (50)
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson is only the third player to reach double figures for goal assists this season (10) after Cesc Fabregas and Angel Di Maria
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