PREVIEW: Swans v Bournemouth
31st December 2016
Swansea City welcome AFC Bournemouth to the Liberty Stadium on New Year's Eve aiming to round off 2016 on a positive note.
It has been a busy festive period at the Liberty Stadium, with the club parting company with manager Bob Bradley following their dismal 4-1 defeat to West Ham United on Boxing Day.
The defeat left the Swans in 19th position in the Premier League, four points adrift of safety.
Alan Curtis and Paul Williams will be at the helm for today's game against Bournemouth, and they will be hoping for a positive reaction from their side.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, will be aiming to bounce back to winning ways following successive defeats to Southampton and Chelsea.
Eddie Howe's side currently sit 12th in the Premier League, with an impressive 21 points from 18 games.
The Swans will be without Jefferson Montero for today's fixture against the Cherries.
The Ecuadorian winger sustained a hamstring strain against West Ham on Boxing Day, and will face up to a month on the sidelines.
Bournemouth duo Marc Pugh and Lewis Cook will miss out on the trip to the Liberty.
WHAT THEY SAID
Swans caretaker manager Alan Curtis: "We have conceded too often and we probably haven't scored enough goals either, and as a result there's a lack of confidence in the team.
"But strangely enough we are only one win away from being right in the pack again.
"At the moment it looks like three teams from four or five at the bottom will go down.
"We have to try to make sure that come the end of the season, we are top of that little league."
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: "Christmas was difficult, a bad result always ruins everything, even socially - I think the kids still had fun!
"I think the team is fine, but we've made individual mistakes that have cost us. We need to get back to being more solid.
"Our inconsistency has been talked about internally. We're playing some good teams, but looking at ourselves we need to do better."
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
Bournemouth 3-2 Swansea City (March 2016)
Swansea City 2-2 Bournemouth (November 2015)
Swansea City 1-2 Bournemouth (April 2008)
Bournemouth 1-4 Swansea City (October 2007)
Bournemouth 2-2 Swansea City (April 2007)
27 - The last six league games between the two sides have seen 27 goals scored. That's 4.5 per game!
3 - No player has scored more substitute goals in a single Premier League season than Fernando Llorente has managed this campaign.
9 - Each of Swansea's last nine Premier League goals have been scored in the second half.