PREVIEW: Swans v Fulham
28th January 2014
The Swans will be hoping for a change in fortune when they host struggling Fulham at the Liberty on Tuesday (7.45pm).
Michael Laudrup's side have won just once in their last ten league games - a run that has left them just three points clear of the relegation zone.
Fulham, meanwhile, are just one place and one point clear of 18th-place West Ham.
The Swans won 2-1 in the reverse fixture back in November, with Fulham since making a managerial change with the arrival of Rene Meulensteen.
The former Manchester United coach has won three of his nine league games in charge and will be looking to haul Fulham clear of danger in the coming months.
New signing David Ngog is available to play after his move from Bolton, while Jonathan de Guzman and Jonjo Shelvey may return injury.
Fulham, meanwhile, will recall a host of players after making 11 changes for their FA Cup clash with Sheffield United on Sunday.
WHAT THEY SAID
Swans boss Michael Laudrup: "These next four games are crucial. We are coming up against direct opponents in the table and it is a very important period.
"But we have to go into each game as if they are a final. I hope our wins in the cup, against both Manchester United and Birmingham, can also give us something."
Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen: "If one person respects the FA Cup it's me, and I'd love to stay in it, but we go to Swansea on Tuesday. That game is important to us.
"You have to maximize your possibilities and minimize your risk, and that's what we are doing. Every squad member is valuable and has to deliver when called upon."
- The Swans have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight Barclays Premier League games, the worst such run in the division
- 74% of the goals Swansea have scored have been netted in the second half of games this season; the highest proportion in the top flight
- Michael Laudrup's side have benefitted from five own goals so far this season, more than any other team in the Premier League
- Fulham have gone 18 Barclays Premier League games without a draw, winning five and losing 13 of those matches
- The club have kept just one clean sheet in their last 15 Premier League outings
- Rene Meulensteen's side have allowed 141 shots on target against them this season, more than any other team in the top flight
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