PREVIEW: Stoke v Swans
12th February 2014
Stoke City have issued advice to Swans supporters travelling to tonight's Premier League game against at the Britannia Stadium.
With the Met Office forecasting heavy rain and strong winds, the Club are urging fans to take extra care as they travel to the stadium.
Supporters are also advised to allow extra time for their journey as the inclement weather could cause problems on the road network.
The Swans go in search of back-to-back Premier League wins when they take on Stoke at the Britannia Stadium on Wednesday (7.45pm).
Garry Monk's reign as head coach got off to the perfect start last weekend with a superb 3-0 win over Cardiff in the South Wales derby.
That victory pushed the Swans up to tenth in the Premier League, despite sitting just four points clear of the relegation zone.
And they now face a tough trip to Stoke to face a side that has lost just once in their last nine league games.
The Potters have already taken points off Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United this season, and lie just one point behind Swansea in the table.
The corresponding fixture last season ended in a 2-0 win for Stoke as Peter Crouch scored a brace, while the two sides played out a thrilling 3-3 at the Liberty back in November.
Stoke pair Marko Arnautovic and Marc Wilson are fit again after recovering from injury and illness respectively.
Meanwhile, Jonjo Shelvey again misses out for Swansea with a hamstring problem but Marvin Emnes could return after being replaced at half-time during the win over Cardiff.
WHAT THEY SAID
Stoke boss Mark Hughes:"At the moment, because of the way that the league is, every game is important. We want to take points off the teams around us.
"I used to enjoy games like this where you roll your sleeves up and get stuck into the opposition, and I am looking forward to the game."
Swans head coach Garry Monk:"Everyone talks about their (Stoke) style, but I think they have tweaked it. They have been in this league a long time now and we're under no illusions about how tough it is going to be.
"It isn't an easy place to go and they will want the points as much as we do. We have to build on Saturday's win and the players are focused and ready to go."
- The Potters have lost just one of their last nine league matches at home (W4, D4, L1)
- However, they have not won successive Premier League matches since August and have gone nine games without a clean sheet
- Peter Crouch has scored three goals in his two previous league appearances against Swansea at the Britannia Stadium
- The Swans are without a win in their last six away matches, scoring just two goals in the process
- In addition, they haven't won successive league games since December 2012
- Wilfried Bony's eight league goals have all come at home