PREVIEW: Stoke City v Swansea City
31st October 2016
Swansea City travel to Stoke City on Monday night aiming for a return to winning ways in the Premier League.
The Swans were held to a goalless draw with Watford last weekend and are without a win since the opening day of the season against Burnley.
Stoke, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last five games following a disappointing start to the season.
The Potters were anchored to the bottom of the top flight after the first five fixtures of the season but have climbed to 16th position following victories over Hull and Sunderland.
With the exception of Nathan Dyer and Jefferson Montero, Bob Bradley has a fully fit squad to choose from for Monday's visit to the bet365 Stadium.
Dyer remains a long-term absence following an ankle operation, while Montero is still recovering from a calf complaint.
Mark Hughes, meanwhile, is hoping to have Geoff Cameron available for selection following a knee injury sustained in Stoke's 2-0 win over Hull last weekend.
Ibrahim Afellay, Stephen Ireland, Jack Butland and Glen Johnson all remain on the sidelines.
WHAT THEY SAID
Stoke boss Mark Hughes: "Swansea are probably frustrated because they will probably feel they are a better team than their position shows at the moment.
"But you have to get points on the board, which is what we've been able to do.
"We're in a confident frame of mind and are looking forward to it. We'd like to think we will make it a difficult night for them."
Swans manager Bob Bradley: "Stoke didn't start the season well but they have found their form now.
"They have a player in Xherdan Shaqiri who they rely on, and he has improved having maybe come back late after Euro 2016 and been short of some fitness.
"He is part of a front four who cause problems. Shaqiri finds pockets of space, (Marko) Arnautovic is pretty clever.
"I have seen Joe Allen enough times to know he is a good player. Everybody here knows that, and everybody here knows about Bony.
"Playing against those four requires a good understanding of how you are going to handle things."
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Stoke City 2-2 Swansea City - April 2016
Swansea City 0-1 Stoke City - October 2015
Swansea City 2-0 Stoke City - May 2015
Stoke City 2-1 Swansea City - October 2014
Stoke City 1-1 Swansea City - February 2014
200 - This will be the Swans' 200th top-flight game since they were promoted to the Premier League back in 2011. To date they have managed 63 wins and 82 losses.
100 - Stoke chalked up their 100th Premier League victory when they won at Hull City last weekend. They reached the milestone in their 313th top-flight game since winning promotion eight years ago.
20 - There have been 20 games between the Swans and Stoke since they played out a goalless draw, with the last stalemate coming in a League Cup tie at the Victoria Ground in 1990.