Preview: Leicester v Swans

3rd February 2018
First team

​​​​​​​Swansea City will look to make it three successive Premier League victories when they take on Leicester City this afternoon (3pm).

The Swans head to the Midlands in buoyant mood after victories over Liverpool and Arsenal in their last two top-flight games.

But boss Carlos Carvalhal has warned his players that Leicester could be their toughest yet in his short Liberty reign.

Carvalhal’s men came from behind to beat Arsenal 3-1, but they still have much work to do if they are to pull clear of relegation danger.

The Foxes have been in fine form recently. Although they were beaten at Everton in midweek, the 2015-16 title winners have taken a highly impressive 25 points from 16 league games under Claude Puel.

 

TEAM NEWS

Leicester have injury concerns over defenders Wes Morgan and Danny Simpson, while Riyad Mahrez looks set to miss out after all the speculation about a possible move to Manchester City this week.

Renato Sanches will miss out for the Swans after suffering a muscle injury during last Saturday’s FA Cup fixture with Notts County.

New loan signing Andy King is ineligible to face his parent club, while Andre Ayew is battling to prove his fitness after a hamstring problem.

 

WHAT THEY SAID

Leicester defender Ben Chilwell: “Swansea are still low in the table and they’re struggling to stay in the league, so they’ll be hungry for that win again to keep their good run of form so they’re on the up.”

Swans boss Carlos Carvalhal: ““We have massive respect for Leicester, but we will do our job as always and fight to try to get three points.”

 

STATS

7 – Jordan Ayew has been involved in more Premier League goals for Swansea than any other player this season (five goals, two assists), with all seven of his goal involvements coming in the second half of games.

13 – Leicester are unbeaten in their last 13 home games against Swansea in all competitions (W10 D3), since a 3-2 defeat in October 1950.

 

LAST SIX MEETINGS

18.4.15. Leicester 2 Swans 0

5.12.15. Swans 0 Leicester 3

24.4.16. Leicester 4 Swans 0

27.8.16. Leicester 2 Swans 1

12.2.17 Swans 2 Leicester 0

21.10.17 Swans 1 Leicester 2