Swans v Stoke: The big talking points

12th May 2018
First team

Swansea City take on Stoke City this weekend in the final game of a difficult season.

Here are all the key talking points heading into the match.

 

Farewell to a pair of legends

The Jack Army will hope to get a final glimpse – on the pitch at least – of two of the Swans’ greatest ever servants on Sunday afternoon.

Leon Britton has announced that he is to retire from playing after the game, while Rangel will look for a new club as his contract.

Britton is staying on at the Liberty as club ambassador, while Rangel is expected to return in some capacity when his playing days come to an end.

But both players can expect a mighty ovation this weekend.

 

Farewell to the Premier League?

For Stoke, the trip to the Liberty will definitely be their last Premier League assignment for at least 15 months after their relegation was confirmed last weekend.

And sadly, the likelihood is that it will be the same story for the Swans.

Only an astonishing final-day turnaround can save Carlos Carvalhal’s team after their midweek defeat to Southampton.

They need to beat Stoke and hope Manchester City see off the Saints, which is not inconceivable.

But what is harder to imagine is the Swans wiping out a nine-goal deficit in the goal difference column in the process.

 

150 up

Lukasz Fabianski has been one of the Swans’ top performers for a number of years, and he is set to reach a personal landmark this weekend.

Assuming he plays, Fabianski will reach 150 Swans appearances on the final day of his fourth season at the club.

What a fine signing the former Arsenal man has proved to be.

 

Not missed a minute

Should they feature throughout against Stoke, two Swans players will have played every minute of this Premier League campaign.

Fabianski is one, and central defender Alfie Mawson is the other.

Both men can be pleased with their efforts this season even though it has been a difficult campaign for the team.

 

Loans over

Three players could wear the white shirt for the last time this weekend because their Liberty loan spells are coming to an end.

Tammy Abraham is due to return to Chelsea having scored eight times in his 38 Swans appearances.

Renato Sanches will go back to Bayern Munich having played 15 times for the Liberty club during an injury-hit spell in Wales.

Andy King, meantime, is set to go back to Leicester having scored once in 10 Swans appearances since he joined in January.

 

Stoke successes

Whether the points count for much or not, the Swans would like to sign off at the end of a tough year with a victory.

And if history is anything to go by, they have a decent chance.

After all, in six previous Premier League meetings with Stoke at the Liberty Stadium, the Swans have chalked up four wins - including a crucial 2-0 victory last season.

There has been one draw and just one defeat.