Swans v Leicester City: The big talking points

20th October 2017
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Swansea City go in search of back-to-back home victories when they take on Leicester City this weekend.

Paul Clement’s men have been lifted by last weekend’s win over Huddersfield Town, but the challenge now is to build on that success.

Here are all the big talking points heading into the Leicester clash.

Midfield chance

Leroy Fer’s one-match suspension means there will be at least one change to the side which began against Huddersfield last time out.

The question is, who will replace the Dutchman?

Clement is certainly not short of options. Ki Sung-Yueng and Sam Clucas both came off the bench last weekend, while Roque Mesa did not even make the 18.

Renato Sanches missed the Terriers win with injury, but he looks set to be back in contention for Leicester.

Fab record

Lukasz Fabianski’s shutout against Huddersfield last weekend means he already has four clean sheets in the Premier League this season after only eight games.

That is quite a return in comparison to 2016-17, when he managed only eight across the 38-game league campaign.

Fabianski has been in good form, while those in front of him have been strong as a defensive unit in the first couple of months of this season.

In fact, only three top-flight sides have more clean sheets so far – Manchester United (seven), Manchester City and Spurs (both five).

Dyer’s big day

Nathan Dyer made his long-awaited comeback from an Achilles injury as he came on for the final 14 minutes last weekend.

Having chalked up his first appearance in eight months, Dyer is now hoping to make it two in a week.

Some game-time against Leicester would be special, for Dyer played alongside many of the current Foxes squad during that unforgettable loan spell at the King Power Stadium in 2015-16.


The Swans beat Leicester in the first meeting of these two clubs in the Premier League era, in October 2014, thanks to two goals from Wilfried Bony.

Four straight Foxes victories against this weekend’s opponents followed – with 11 Leicester goals and just one for the Swans – before Clement’s team stopped the rot in February this year as strikes from Alfie Mawson and Martin Olsson sealed a 2-0 Liberty victory.

A repeat of that result would do very nicely this weekend.

Tammy’s tally

Tammy Abraham’s double against Huddersfield last weekend took him up to four Premier League goals for the season.

That is a very impressive total given that the goals have come in seven starts and one substitute appearance in the top flight this term.

Only seven players in the division have scored more league goals so far – Romelu Lukaku, Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Harry Kane, Alvaro Morata, Raheem Sterling and Jamie Vardy.

Abraham is keeping good company.

Tackle count

The Swans are set to come up against the player who has made more tackles than anyone else in the Premier League this weekend, Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi.

The 20-year-old Nigerian has certainly made an impression in the Foxes midfield since joining the club back in January.

He has made 35 tackles already in 2017-18. The Swans have four leading tacklers so far this term – Jordan Ayew, Tom Carroll, Leroy Fer and Kyle Naughton are all on 20.