PREVIEW: Aston Villa v Swans

28th December 2013


The Swans will be looking to get back to winning ways when they travel to Aston Villa on Saturday (3pm).

Michael Laudrup's side head to Villa Park on the back of a 1-0 defeat against Chelsea on Boxing Day, while they also lost at home to Everton just four days previously.

Despite consecutive defeats, the Swans are firmly in mid-table and could climb up to ninth if they can take all three points against Villa.

Paul Lambert's side have won just once in their last seven outings - and were beaten 1-0 at home by Crystal Palace on Boxing Day.

That loss was their fourth in a row in the Premier League and both sides will be looking to get a positive result to take into the New Year.

Villa Park holds happy memories for Swansea City following their first ever away win in the Premier League back in January 2012.


TEAM NEWS

The Swans are expected to make changes from the side that lost at Chelsea, with Wilfried Bony, Pablo Hernandez and Jonathan de Guzman all vying for starts.

Meanwhile, Villa are without Ron Vlaar and Christian Benteke who are both injured, while Ashley Westwood is available after serving a one-match ban.

 

WHAT THEY SAID

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert:"The home form isn't good enough and lack of goals is contributing to not winning games. We have to stand up and be counted and try to go on that front foot. We have to create more when we have most of the ball."


Swans boss Michael Laudrup:"We have to get a positive result in the next game. You can't play with the same team in just 48 hours. I have to pick two different sides."


ASTON VILLA STATS

  • Aston Villa have lost four successive league matches. They have not lost five games in a row since January 2001
  • Paul Lambert's side have not scored in five of their last six Premier League home games. Villa's tally of six goals at home is the lowest in the division
  • Villa have failed to score in half of their league matches this season, the joint-worst record in the division

SWANSEA STATS

  • Swansea are enduring a four-match winless streak (D2, L2), their worst run of the season
  • The Swans have benefited from five own goals this season. Apart from when Manchester United had 10 in 2009-10, no team has had more than six in one season
  • They are unbeaten after scoring first (W5, D2) but have only taken two points from 10 games after conceding the opening goal

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