In-form Stoke to visit The Liberty Stadium

Last updated: October 16, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Monday, 8pm
Venue: Liberty Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: DLLDL
Away form: WWWDL
Last season: 2-0
Competition: The Premier League

Stoke City haven’t lost a game since they lost to Arsenal 0-2 a month ago. Since then The Potters have drawn 2-2 against Leicester and have won two consecutive games (2-1 vs. Bournemouth and 1-0 vs. Aston Villa). In their last match against The Villains, Stoke’s players proved they have already pulled together and played better than their opponents. The only goal in the match was scored by Marko Arnautovic who was Stoke’s key for success.

The hosts for the upcoming fixture, Swansea, haven’t won in a competitive game since their 2-1 home victory against Manchester United in The Premier League on 30th August 2015. The Swans were defeated in 3 of their last 5 games; they were also eliminated from The Capital One Cup, after losing to Hull City 0-1. The Polish goalkeeper Fabianski showed he feels really uncomfortable when there are dangerous free kicks in front of his goal. In Swansea’s last match against Tottenham, Spurs player Eriksen scored twice from a direct free kick, securing the point for his team.

Team News

No injured players for Swansea City. Garry Monk can rely on his best players for the upcoming fixture against Stoke City.

The defender, Ryan Shawcross has now recovered from his back injury and can be used by Stoke’s manager Mark Hughes.

Xherdan Shaqiri is suffering from a thigh muscle strain and surely is going to miss the game.

The Irish international defender, Marc Wilson, has recently received a calf muscle strain and will also miss the match.

Quotes of the week

garry monk Garry Monk (Swansea) : “We just need to find that consistent level of performance, which was our biggest strength last season.”

mark hughes Mark Hughes (Stoke) : “I have talked before about not being able to keep levels up for a full game, but we got that. The first 45 minutes in terms of control was probably the best we have played.”

Expected line-ups:

Swansea (4-4-1-1): Fabianski, Taylor, Williams, Fernandez, Naughton, Shelvey, Cork, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Ayew, Gomis.
Subs Sung-Yong, Eder, Bartley, Dyer, Nordfeldt, Tabanau, Angel Rangel.
Not available:
Stoke (4-5-1): Butland, Pieters, Johnson, Muniesa, Cameron, Bojan, Whelan, Adam, Afellay, Arnautovic, Diouf.
Subs Given, Shawcross, Joselu, Crouch, van Ginkel, Sidwell, Ireland.
Injured: Shaqiri, Wilson
Not available:

Key Battle

montero Montero this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
5 (2) 494 0 1,3 2 1 0 0
arnautovic Arnautovic this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
6 (1) 493 2 1,6 2 0 0 0

So far this season

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Swansea this season Stoke this season
11 League Position 14
2 (0) (at home) Wins (away) 1 (1)
2-0 vs. Newcastle Biggest win 2-1 vs. Bournemouth
2 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (2)
0 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 2 (1)
1-3 to Southampton Biggest Defeat 0-2 to Arsenal
Ayew, Gomis (4) Top scorer Diouf (3)
Montero (2) Assist Leader Johnson, Arnautovic (2)
Y14, R0 Discipline Y9, R2
2 Failures to score 3
2 Clean Sheets 1
5 Both Teams to Score Games 4
4 Over 2.5 Games 3
4 Under 2.5 Games 5
  • Stoke City have still not achieved a victory at The Liberty Stadium. There’s been 7 games played and Swansea have won 5 of them; there’s been 2 draws.
  • The Swans haven’t lost at The Liberty Stadium so far this season. They have recorded 2 victories and 2 draws.
  • The last match between these 2 teams ended with a Swansea victory 2-0. Montero opened 15 minutes before the final whistle. Then during the red number Sung-Yong Ki scored again for The Swans.
  • The biggest number of goals, scored in a match between these two sides, is 6. Two years ago a match between Swansea and Stoke ended with a 3-3 draw.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
02/05/15 The Premier League Swansea 2-0 Stoke Montero 76′
19/10/14 The Premier League Stoke 2-1 Swansea Bony (PG) 34′
12/02/14 The Premier League Stoke 1-1 Swansea Crouch 17′
10/11/13 The Premier League Swansea 3-3 Stoke Walters 8′
19/01/13 The Premier League Swansea 3-1 Stoke Davies 49′