SATURDAY STATS: Swans v Stoke City

2nd May 2015

Saturday means it's time for some statistics as we look ahead to this afternoon's clash with Stoke City at the Liberty Stadium.
With the two sides separated by just one position and three points in the Barclays Premier League, we take a look at today's game from a statistical perspective.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is the first Swansea City player to make 10 assists in a single Premier League season. Only Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas (17) has made more assists than the Icelandic midfielder this campaign.
It has been a total of 24 games since the Swans last recorded a 0-0 draw. The last time Garry Monk's side were involved in a goalless stalemate was against Everton at Goodison Park in November last year.
The Swans have proven the most disciplined side in the Premier League season, having picked up just 46 yellow cards in 2014-15.
Club captain Ashley Williams continues to prove ever-present at the heart of the Swansea defence this season, clocking up a total of 3,060 minutes played this campaign - the most in the Premier League.

Stoke City
Stoke have proven one of the most combative Premier League sides in the air this season, averaging a total of 25 aerial duels won per match, second only to Burnley (25.5).
In particular, striker Peter Crouch poses a great threat in the air. With a total of 147 aerial duels won, only Aston Villa's Christian Benteke and Southampton's Graziano Pelle have won more aerial battles than the English forward this season in the top flight.
Much has been made of the evolution in Stoke's style of play under current manager Mark Hughes. This campaign, Stoke boast the ninth best possession rate in the Barclays Premier League (50.5%) and have a better pass completion rate (77.5%) than eight other teams in the division.
But Hughes' side have picked up a total of 74 yellow cards this season, while making a total of 430 fouls. Only Sunderland have received more bookings than the Potters (85), while only Crystal Palace have made more fouls (458).

Players with the most... completed passes
Swans: Ki Sung-Yueng - 1,452
Stoke City: Steven N'Zonzi - 1,598

Overall, Stoke have the slightest of advantages in terms of total meetings. The Potters have come out on top on 23 occasions to Swansea's 20, while the two sides have drew 20 times.
Last time at the Liberty, Charlie Adam's last-gasp penalty earned Stoke a point in a 3-3 draw in SA1, while at the Britannia earlier this season, the Potters ran out 2-1 winners.