PREVIEW: Swans v QPR
9th February 2013
The Swans will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they host Queens Park Rangers (3pm).
Michael Laudrup's side suffered a 1-0 defeat against West Ham last Saturday, a result that brought an end to the club's seven-game unbeaten run.
However, it is exciting times at the Liberty as the countdown continues to the Capital One Cup final in a fortnight's time.
The Swans are currently eighth in the Barclays Premier League with 34 points, and they will be looking to continue their fine home form on Saturday when they host QPR.
The R's have kept four clean sheets in their last five games, and have been beaten just three times since Harry Redknapp took over from Mark Hughes in November.
Every Swans fan will remember the corresponding fixture from the opening day of the season when Michu scored twice in a 5-0 win at Loftus Road.
That result started a run of 15 consecutive games without a win for QPR, but after they won five out of their last 10 to stay up last season, who would bet against them doing it once more.
The home side could welcome back goalkeeper Michel Vorm after the Dutchman had been sidelined with a knee problem, while Leon Britton is doubtful after picking up an ankle injury in last weekend's defeat to West Ham.
Meanwhile, QPR are sweating on the fitness of Loic Remy (groin), while Junior Hoilett is out with a hamstring problem.
What they said
Swans boss Michael Laudrup: "It's a very important game. Not because they are bottom of the table, but because it is a home game and we want to win it.
"We are still six points away from the magic 40 that everyone talks about, so we have some work to do.
"But we have two games before we play the cup final and Saturday is one that I feel we have to win - it's a huge game."
QPR manager Harry Redknapp: "Swansea have bought some good players in and they have been successful.
"They had a wonderful season last year, played some great football, and this year they have been top class again.
"They have an outstanding young manager and they are a good team."
Head to head
QPR have failed to win their last five league and cup games away to Swansea, but they did secure a 1-1 draw at the Liberty Stadium last season.
Swansea have dropped just two points from winning positions in the Premier League this season, fewer than any other team
The Swans have scored the lowest percentage of set piece goals this season (9%) and conceded the highest proportion (54%)
Michael Laudrup's side are on the longest run of any current Premier League without having won a penalty (35 games)
QPR have drawn their last four Premier League matches, with three of those games ending 0-0
The Hoops have used more players than any other Premier League team this season (29) after using the most in 2011-12 (35)
Rangers have scored with just 7.8% of their shots this season, the lowest conversion rate in the top flight and meaning they need, on average, 13 shots for every goal scored
32Red odds: Swansea 16/19 QPR 18/5 Draw 27/10