Can The Villains bring Swansea back into the relegation battle?
Last updated: March 16, 2016 by Leon Marshal
|Venue:||The Liberty Stadium|
|Coverage:||Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live|
|Competition:||The Premier League|
Aston Villa are having one of their worst seasons in The Premier League. The Lions have won only 3 of 30 games this season and have collected only 16 points. They are lying in last place and if they don’t change something immediately they will surely be relegated at the end of the campaign. The Villains are on a run of 5 consecutive Premier League defeats. They conceded 17 goals in these matches and scored only 2.
To continue, Swansea City’s performance looks quite satisfactory. The Swans won 2 of their last 3 league matches, including a great 2-1 victory over Arsenal at The Emirates Stadium. Gylfi Sigurdsson is the man in form for Francesco Guidolin’s team. The Icelandic international midfielder scored 2 goals in Swansea City’s last two games. He has become the top scorer of the team with 9 goals.
The Swans recorded a 2-1 victory against Aston Villa at Villa Park earlier this season. It’s interesting that the brothers Andre and Jordan Ayew took part in the match, both scoring for their teams. Now, we can expect to see them again on the pitch.
Jack Grealish is still injured for The Villains. The 20-year-old midfielder is suffering from an ankle injury and won’t take part in the game.
Carlos Sanchez and Jordan Amavi are also sidelined for Aston Villa. Sanchez has a hamstring problem, while Amavi is out until the end of the season.
The only question in front of Francesco Guidolin is who to play in attack. All of his players are fit and he will have to decide whether to put Paloschi or Gomis in the starting eleven.
Modou Barrow scored his first ever premier League goal last weekend and he may deserve his place in the starting eleven again.
|Swansea City (4-2-3-1):||Fabianski, Taylor, Williams, Fernandez, Angel Rangel, Britton, Cork, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Barrow, Paloschi.|
|Subs||Montero, Gomis, Nordfeldt, Jordi Amat, Ayew, Naughton, Fer.|
|Aston Villa (4-2-3-1):||Guzan, Richards, Okore, Cissokho, Lescott, Gueye, Bacuna, Westwood, Veretout, Charles Gil, Ayew.|
|Subs||Hutton, Agbonlahor, Gestede, Clark, Sinclair, Bunn, Richardson.|
|Injured:||Amavi, Sanchez, Grealish.|
So far this season
|Swansea City this season||Aston Villa this season|
|5 (3)||(at home) Wins (away)||2 (1)|
|2-0 vs. Newcastle||Biggest win||2-0 vs. Norwich|
|5 (4)||(at home) Draws (away)||4 (3)|
|5 (8)||(at home) Losses (away)||9 (11)|
|0-3 to Arsenal and Leicester||Biggest Defeat||0-6 to Liverpool|
|Sigurdsson (9)||Top scorer||Ayew, Gestede (5)|
|Cork, Montero, Naughton (2)||Assist Leader||Veretout (5)|
|Y45, R1||Discipline||Y59, R1|
|10||Failures to score||13|
|16||Both Teams to Score Games||14|
|15||Over 2.5 Games||13|
|15||Under 2.5 Games||17|
- Aston Villa have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 5 Premier League matches. The Villains lost all of these games.
- Swansea City have won 4 matches in a row against Aston Villa. Furthermore, The Lions have never recorded a victory at The Liberty Stadium.
- The Villains have the worst defence in The Premier League. Aston Villa have conceded 57 goals in 30 matches. They have kept a clean sheet on only 5 occasions.
- The Swans have lost only 5 of 15 matches at The Liberty Stadium this season. They have recorded the same number of victories and draws.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|24/10/15||The Premier League||Aston Villa 1-2 Swansea||J. Ayew 62′|
|21/03/15||The Premier League||Aston Villa 0-1 Swansea||B. Gomis 87′|
|26/12/14||The Premier League||Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa||G. Sigurðsson 13′|
|26/04/14||The Premier League||Swansea 4-1 Aston Villa||W. Bony 10′|
|28/12/13||The Premier League||Aston Villa 1-1 Swansea||G. Agbonlahor 7′|