Swansea City Aston Villa Barclays Premier League preview Garry Monk
26th April 2014
The Swans hope to take a major step towards top-flight survival when Aston Villa visit the Liberty on Saturday (3pm).
Last weekend's dramatic victory at Newcastle moved the Swans six points clear of the relegation zone with three games remaining.
Wilfried Bony's last-gasp penalty delivered three crucial points for Garry Monk's side, who look to pick up consecutive league wins for the first time since December 2012.
They come up against a Villa side that ended a run of four straight defeats thanks to a 0-0 draw with Southampton last time out.
Paul Lambert's side sit a point below the Swans in the table, though they have a game in hand, and they will be aiming to maintain their unbeaten record at the Liberty having drawn both previous matches.
The Swans are again without Chico Flores as the defender completes his two-game suspension while Michu misses out with an ankle problem.
Villa have concerns over defender Joe Bennett after he picked up an ankle problem in training earlier this week. Already ruled out are Christian Benteke, Libor Kozak, Charles N'Zogbia, Jores Okore and Gary Gardner though striker Nicklas Helenius could return from a thigh injury.
WHAT THEY SAID
Swans head coach Garry Monk: "It's been well over a year since we had back-to-back wins, which is unacceptable if you want to be successful in football, so that is the challenge for us.
"It won't be easy for us. No game is easy, especially at this time of the season. Like us, Aston Villa are scrapping to secure their safety.
"They are a young side and are very energetic. We are expecting a really tough game, and we can't take anything for granted."
Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph: "We are confident going into the game that we can get three points and put it to bed. But it is very tight."
• Outside of the top five teams, the Swans have scored the most goals at home (29).
• The Swans have won four and lost just one of their last nine games at the Liberty against bottom-half teams.
• Villa haven't won any of their last six away games - their last win on the road came at Sunderland on January 1.
• Paul Lambert's side have won just one of the eight Premier League games that Christian Benteke has missed this season - scoring only six goals in the process.
• Villa were last victorious in Swansea in 1971 in the old Third Division, winning 2-1 at the Vetch.
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