Preview: Burnley v Swans

18th November 2017
First team

Swansea City go to Burnley this afternoon (3pm) looking to end a painful run of three successive league defeats.

Paul Clement’s men know they will face a big test against a Clarets side who have been in fine form this season.

Having collected 19 points from their first 11 games, the Clarets sit in seventh position in the Premier League and are only behind Arsenal and Liverpool on goal difference.

The Swans, meanwhile, have dropped into the bottom three, but three points today could see them climb out of the danger zone.

The visitors can take some heart from their Premier League record against Burnley, having won all four of the clubs' past meetings at this level.

Last season’s memorable 3-2 home victory over Burnley proved to a key moment in the battle for Premier League survival.

Fernando Llorente’s thrilling, last-gasp winner moved the Swans five points clear of the relegation zone.

 

Team News

There is plenty of good news for the Swans with Wilfried Bony, Renato Sanches, Martin Olsson, Leon Britton and Angel Rangel all back in contention for this afternoon’s game following injuries.

Kyle Bartley remains a long-term absentee.

Burnley’s Chris Wood is back from his international duty with New Zealand and will be assessed ahead of the game.

 

What They Said

Burnley defender James Tarkowski: “We know it’s been a good start so we can take confidence from that. It’s enjoyable to be out there at the moment and we’re looking forward to the next game and hoping for another positive result.”

Swans boss Paul Clement: “Both teams have pretty good defences. I anticipate a tight game where the team who manages things best will emerge victorious. I sense a good, upbeat environment – we are ready to go into this game.”

 

Last Six Meetings

4.3.17 Swans 3-2 Burnley

13.8.16 Burnley 0-1 Swans

28.2.15 Burnley 0-1 Swans

23.8.14 Swans 1-0 Burnley

16.4.11 Burnley 2-1 Swans

28.8.10 Swans 1-0 Burnley

 

Pre-match Stats

381 – The number of clearances made by Burnley so far this season, the most by any team in the Premier League.

1 – The Swans have a 100 per cent winning record against Burnley in the Premier League, their only such record against sides they’ve faced more than once since promotion in 2011.