Swansea City v Bournemouth: The big talking points
30th December 2016
Swansea City look to begin life after Bob Bradley by landing a much-needed win over Bournemouth this weekend.
The Swans were well beaten by West Ham United on Boxing Day, but had won their two previous home matches before that defeat.
Now they will look to respond to the Hammers loss against Eddie Howe's Cherries side.
All change in the dugout
Alan Curtis is back leading the way at Swansea City, alongside fellow first-team coach Paul Williams, following the departure of Bob Bradley earlier this week.
Curtis, of course, has been here before, most recently during two spells last season.
First he took the reins following Garry Monk's exit, then he was left holding the baby when Francesco Guidolin fell ill.
And while Curtis was in charge, the Swans picked up some critical results. Now to repeat the trick.
Will it be all change on the pitch too?
Regular changes to the Swans' starting line-up became familiar during Bradley's brief reign, as the former USA coach tried numerous combinations in a bid to find a winning formula.
Sadly, of course, there were just two victories along the way - hence he has said his farewells after less than three months at the helm.
The question now is what sort of line-up Curtis and Williams will come up with to face Bournemouth.
Given the nature of the Boxing Day defeat to West Ham, it would be no great surprise should they decide that changes must be made once again.
This weekend's fixture is the 19th in the Premier League this season, meaning half the 2016-17 campaign will be behind the Swans come full time on Saturday evening.
Whatever happens against Bournemouth, the Swans will have plenty to do in the new year if they are to pull clear of relegation danger given the position they currently find themselves in.
But what a boost it would be if they could get up to 15 points after their final game of 2016, particularly after the big disappointment that was the West Ham game.
Time to pick off the Cherries?
Having been promoted to the Premier League in 2015, Bournemouth enjoyed themselves against the Swans last season.
Howe's team took a point at the Liberty in November last year thanks to an impressive performance. They raced into a 2-0 lead that day, only to see Monk's Swans side fight back to claim a 2-2 draw.
In the return fixture last March, the Cherries won 3-2 thanks to a late goal from Steve Cook after the Swans had twice fought back after falling behind.
The Swans may feel they are due a victory against this weekend's opponents, who also won when the clubs last met in the Football League back in 2008.
Bournemouth, just like the Swans, have won two and lost four of their last six Premier League games, sequences which put both sides towards the bottom end of the current top-flight form table.
The Swans have scored 10 goals and conceded 19 along the way, while Bournemouth have netted nine times and conceded 15.
On that evidence, there should be goals this weekend.
Notably, perhaps, the Cherries come to Wales having won only once on their travels in the league this season, when they were 1-0 victors at Stoke City in November.
The Swans must ensure Howe's team do not double their away-day tally on Saturday.