Numbers game: Bournemouth v Swans
It’s time to check out the numbers as we look ahead to Swansea City’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium this afternoon (3pm).
The Swans are looking to beat the Cherries for the first time in the Premier League as they fight to stay up.
5 – Bournemouth are unbeaten in their five Premier League meetings with Swansea (W3 D2), keeping a clean sheet in each of the last three (W2 D1).
5 – Cherries keeper Asmir Begovic has made five errors leading to a goal in the league this season, the second highest tally in the top flight.
3 – After a run of just two defeats in 14 games, Bournemouth have lost each of their last three in the Premier League. They’ve not lost four in a row since their opening four of this season.
11 – Eddie Howe’s side are on the longest current run without a Premier League clean sheet, conceding at least once in each of their last 11 games.
2 – Bournemouth have kept just two clean sheets at home in the Premier League this season – only three clubs have ever kept fewer across an entire Premier League campaign (Sunderland 2005-06, Blackpool 2010-11 and Wigan 2012-13 all kept one).
3 – Josh King has scored three goals in his last five Premier League appearances, as many has he had in his previous 20 in the competition.
8 – Jordan Ayew has scored eight Premier League goals since arriving from Aston Villa in January last year, putting him 14th in the list of all-time leading goalscorers for the club in the division. His next goal will see him draw level with Scott Sinclair and Jonathan de Guzman (nine goals each) in the list.
2 – The Swans have managed only two away victories in the Premier League this season, although they have banked six draws. If they can sign off on the road with a win today, they will have taken more away points this season (15) than they did last term (14).
9 – The Swans have scored nine of their 27 league goals this season in the first half of games. The 33 per cent ratio is the lowest in the division.
2007 – The Swans have been beaten on both their Premier League visits to the Vitality Stadium. They last won there in League One in October 2007, when Ferrie Bodde, Dennis Lawrence and Warren Feeney (two) were all on target for the visitors.
1 – The Swans begin the day just a point outside the Premier League relegation places. They may only be clear on goal difference come kick-off time, however, as Stoke face Crystal Palace in the day’s early match.
4 – Tom Carroll leads the way in the league assists column for the Swans this season with four. Jordon Ibe (six) is Bournemouth’s best in that category.
Players with the most… aerial battles won
Bournemouth: Steve Cook – 118
Swans: Alfie Mawson – 109
The Swans and Bournemouth have met on 57 occasions stretching back to a Division Three (South) game in 1924. The Swans just shade it when it comes to victories, with 23 compared to Bournemouth’s 22.