Premier League Preview and Prediction: Swansea vs Aston Villa

Competition: Premier League – Swansea City vs. Aston Villa

Venue: Liberty Stadium, Saturday 19 March – 13:30 ET (17:30 GMT –  Live on Sky Sports)

Match Odds: Swansea City 8/13 Draw 13/5 Aston Villa 19/4

Match Preview

Swansea City host bottom-placed Aston Villa in this weekend’s Saturday evening fixture, in a game Swansea need to win to all but secure their Premier League status for next season. For Villa it’s also a must-win match or they could potentially be 13 points from safety.

Swansea will be pleased that they have picked up six points from their last three matches, picking up wins at the Emirates against Arsenal and beating fellow strugglers Norwich City to ease relegation fears.

Last week’s defeat away at Bournemouth was disappointing but shouldn’t act as too much of a distraction as they still scored two goals and continued to show courage throughout.

The Swans have only picked up five wins at the Liberty this season – an amount supporters will be unhappy with, but the fans are still firmly behind their team after what has been a tough campaign.

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Head coach Francesco Guidolin is expected to be back in the dugout having missed the last few matches with a chest infection. Alan Curtis has done well in the Italian’s absence and deserves further credit for the job he’s done this year.

Aston Villa might as well be thinking about playing in the Championship next season. They have been woeful all season and haven’t been able to produce anywhere near enough quality to stay up.

The West Midlands club have been in turmoil since the second week of the season and three wins is just not good enough at all for any team in the top division.

Upcoming fixtures don’t come easy for Villa with Chelsea to visit next week before they welcome Bournemouth to Villa Park. More off-field problems saw Chief Executive Tom Fox resign on Thursday afternoon.

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Remi Garde still believes he can keep the team in the Premier League but it seems like he’s fighting a lost cause. They just don’t seem up for the fight. But if they have belief they could just pull off the most miraculous escape.

A win here could just trigger something special if the Villains get it. But that’s a tall order.

The reverse fixture was the final match in charge for former manager Tim Sherwood. A late Andre Ayew goal condemned Villa to a 2-1 defeat at Villa Park back October.

Team News

Swansea will be without Andre Ayew as he recovers from an ankle injury. Jefferson Montero could be welcomed back to the side after recovering from illness, while Madou Barrow is a doubt.

Aston Villa are set to welcome back Carlos Sanchez, though Adama Traore and Jack Grealish are still some way off from returning from their injuries. Micah Richards will hope to start but may have to settle for a place on the substitutes bench once again.

Key Points

Swansea City last five: L/L/W/W/L

Aston Villa last five: L/L/L/L/L

Key Stat: Since Swansea got promoted to the Premier League, they have only lost once to Aston Villa and are looking for a fifth-straight win against the Villains.

Key Player: Gylfi Sigurdsson – The Icelandic midfielder has got nine Premier League goals this season and is the Swans’ top scorer. He is deadly on the ball at set pieces and finds the back of the net often. He is key to unlocking this poor Villa defence and is more than capable of creating chances for his team mates.

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Score Prediction

Swansea City 3-0 Aston Villa – Swansea should see this one out with relative ease. They have the home crowd behind them against a Villa side that constantly leaks goals but also fail to score them. Anything other than a home win would go down as a major disappointment for the hosts.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Leicester vs Swansea

Competition: Premier League – Leicester City vs. Swansea City

Venue: King Power Stadium – Saturday, April 18th – 15:00 BST (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: Leicester 11/10 – Draw 23/10 – Swansea 5/2

Match Preview

It’s crunch time for Leicester City’s season as they play host this weekend to a Swansea side looking for their best ever Premier League finish.

Nigel Pearson’s Leicester have bridged the gap between fellow relegation strugglers recently with back-to-back wins and will be hoping to make it three on the bounce as they look to pull of a great escape.

They are currently three points off of safety and the battle should go down to the wire as Leicester can produce results with five of their last seven at home, starting with Swansea on Saturday.

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It is important that Leicester take something from this game as they have the worst home record in the Premier League this year. That will need to improve if they are to avoid the drop.

Leicester City’s home record in the Premier League: P14 – W3 – D5 – L6

Swansea could be without striker Bafetimbi Gomis on Saturday as the striker left the Everton match early following a hamstring injury last week, and his absence will be a blow to the Swans.

With not much to play for, and only a slight chance of European football, Swansea are arguably playing for pride now, with a best ever Premier League finish on the cards should they finish 8th.

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They equalled their record points tally in the Premier League with a draw at Everton last week and know another point will set a new record.

Swansea’s away record in the Premier League: P15 – W5 – D3 – L7

Garry Monk has done a stellar job up to now, and it’s not in his nature to set up a team that won’t attack so we’re hoping for an open game that should thrill.

Team News

Leicester City have no injury or suspension concerns for this week so Nigel Pearson has a full squad to pick from. However, we are expecting the same XI to play from last weekend’s win at West Brom, with David Nugent playing the number ten role.

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Swansea City will be without Kyle Naughton and Tom Carroll, who remain long-term absentees. Jefferson Montero, Nelson Oliveira and Bafetimbi Gomis are all doubts but Montero and Oliveira will be pushing for a start. Neil Taylor is out serving a suspension.

Key Points

Leicester’s last five in the Premier League: L/D/L/W/W

Swansea’s last five in the Premier League: L/L/W/W/D

Key Stat: The home team has won this fixture in the last seven meetings between the two sides in all competitions.

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Key Player: David Nugent – With an eye for goal and a knack for being in the right place at the right time, Nugent could be the difference in this one.

Score Prediction

Leicester City 2-2 Swansea City – We’re hoping this will be an open game with plenty of goals. Leicester need to try and pick up all three points but a score draw looks the most likely result against a solid Swansea side looking to set a record points tally in the Premier League.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Swansea vs Everton

Competition: Premier League – Swansea City vs. Everton

Venue: Liberty Stadium – Saturday, April 11th – 12:45 BST (07:45 EDT)

Match Odds: Swansea 7/5 – Draw 23/10 – Everton 15/8

Match Preview

Swansea City host Everton in the early kickoff on Saturday in a tussle between two mid-table sides that have a lot of promise and play exciting football.

This is set up to be a thriller that will hopefully include a lot of goals. And with two good, young managers, we expect both sides to be going for a win, despite the fact that they don’t have much left to play for in the Premier League this year.

Swansea come into this one off the back of a 3-1 victory at home to Hull last time out and will want to continue their winning streak to three in this one.

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The biggest challenge for Swansea this season was coping with the loss of Wilfried Bony to Manchester City in January, but Bafetimbi Gomis has done wonders since taking over and has three goals in his last two appearances.

Swansea’s home record in the Premier League: P16 – W8 – D4 – L4

Everton also come into this fixture in good form having won their last three. They will be hoping to put this season to one side as quick as possible however, as their endeavors in Europe have cost them in the league.

Lying in 12th, Everton are far from the team that finished fifth last term, and they are still three points off of the magical forty-point mark that normally guarantees safety.

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The Europa league has been no help to Everton this season, having diverted their attention from the Premier League. But they are looking to finish strong and take some positives into next season.

Everton’s away record in the Premier League: P16 – W4 – D3 – L9

Roberto Martinez watched his Everton team draw 0-0 with Swansea, his former club, earlier this season and there will hopefully be some goals this time around.

Team News

Swansea City look set to be without three men as Jack Cork is a doubt with a hip/thigh injury, Kyle Naughton (ankle) is out for the season and Tom Carroll (foot) is also unavailable through injury. Jefferson Montero (hamstring) faces a late fitness test but should be available. Angel Rangel is expected to fill in at right-back for the injured Naughton.

Everton duo Aiden McGeady (back) and Romelu Lukaku (hamstring) both face late fitness tests. Bryan Oviedo (hamstring) and Tony Hibbert (knee) are both out but should return next week. Darren Gibson (foot) remains a long-term absentee. Kevin Mirallas is expected to start on the left-wing.

Key Points

Swansea’s last five in the Premier League: W/L/L/W/W

Everton’s last five in the Premier League: L/L/W/W/W

Key Stat: Bafetimbi Gomis has three goals in his last two games in the Premier League. Expect him to be influential once again.

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Key Player: Ki Sung-Yeung – The South Korean midfielder is a very important player for the Swans and the midfield battle will be key as to who wins this one.

Score Prediction

Swansea City 1-1 Everton – They might not have much to play for this season but both will want to avoid defeat and extend their unbeaten runs. That could lead to a draw but it should be an entertaining one with both sides getting on the scoresheet.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Southampton vs Swansea City

Competition: Premier League

Venue: St Mary’s Stadium – Sunday, February 1 – 16:00

Match Odds: Southampton 4/7 – Draw 14/5 – Swansea City 11/2

Southampton take on Swansea City in the final game of the weekend on Sunday afternoon and the Saints will be looking to seal all three points to remain in third place in the Premier League.

Ronald Koeman’s side have picked back up following a mid-season slump through December and have not lost in their last six league games, winning five of those.

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They have beaten Everton, Arsenal and Manchester United in that time while also holding leaders Chelsea at home and they fully deserve to be as high as they currently are in the league table.

Southampton’s home record in the Premier League: Played 11 – Won 7 – Drawn 2 – Lost 2

Swansea have found themselves in a poor run of form and have not won a league game since Boxing Day. They were thumped 5-0 at home by Chelsea in their last Premier League match and were then knocked out of the FA Cup by Blackburn 3-1 last Saturday.

They ended that FA Cup game with nine men as Kyle Bartley and Gylfi Sigurdsson were both sent off and they will be without both of those players for the trip to Southampton. Sigurdsson’s absence will be particularly important.

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Garry Monk’s side have yet to replace Wilfried Bony since his move to Manchester City was confirmed earlier this month and the Swans have only scored three times in their last four league games, conceding 11 in that time.

Swansea’s away record in the Premier League: Played 10 – Won 2 – Drawn 3 – Lost 5

The reverse fixture this season saw Southampton win 1-0 at Swansea in a game that the Swans deserved to get a least a point from, but it is unlikely to be as closely contested this time around.

Southampton have never lost to the Swans in the Premier League in five previous meetings and have only conceded one goal against the Welsh outfit in that time.

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The Saints did lose at home to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup last weekend but they should be too strong for a Swansea side that doesn’t look to be heading in the right direction.

Southampton’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/W/W/W

Swansea’s last five in the Premier League: W/L/D/D/L

Key Stat: Southampton have not lost at home to Swansea in over 60 years, since a 4-1 loss in 1953 when the two sides met in Division Two.

Key Player: Eljero Elia – The Dutch winger scored both goals in Southampton’s 2-1 win at Newcastle in their last league game and comes into the game in fine form. Swansea need to be wary.

Southampton vs. Swansea Prediction: Southampton 2 – 0 Swansea – The Saints to remain third in the Premier League with a comfortable victory.

 

Blackburn Rovers vs Swansea City: FA Cup Preview and Prediction

Competition: FA Cup Fourth Round

Venue: Ewood Park – Saturday January 24 – 12:45

Match odds: Blackburn Rovers 2/1 – Draw 23/10 – Swansea City 11/8

The early kick off on Saturday’s FA Cup weekend should be a really hard fought tie as Championship side Blackburn Rovers entertain Premier League opponents Swansea City at Ewood Park.

Blackburn overcame fellow Championship side Charlton Athletic 2-1 in the third round, while Gary Monk’s Swansea thumped League Two side Tranmere Rovers 6-2.

Blackburn Rovers’ home record in all competitions: Played 14 – Won 6 – Drawn 4 – Lost 4

Blackburn are currently sitting 10th in the Championship and have been in steady form this season but are without a win in their last four games.

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This will be the first time the sides have met since 2012 before Blackburn’s relegation from the Premier League. Swansea came out on top in that tie, winning 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

Both Nathan Dyer and Gylfi Sigurdsson were on the score sheet that day and there is every chance that will happen again in tomorrow’s fixture, as they are the joint top scorers in the side now Wilfried Bony has left.

Swansea City’s away record in all competitions: Played 12 – Won 3 – Drawn 3 – Lost 6

Swansea have been inconsistent on the road this season winning only three times, and they will be looking to bounce back from that 5-0 thumping at the hands of Chelsea last Saturday. Gary Monk will be expecting a tough tie as we all know about home advantage in the cup.

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The Swans have scored 11 goals in their last six away games, while Blackburn have failed to find the net in their last two home games. But they put four past Swansea the last time the Welsh club visited Ewood Park in 2011 and will hope for a repeat performance.

Blackburn Rovers last five in all competitions: L/D/W/L/D

Swansea City’s last five in all competitions: L/D/W/D/L

Key Stat: Defensive frailties – The Swans have only kept three clean sheets away from home all season while Blackburn have only kept four at home.

Key Player: Jordan Rhodes – The Blackburn goal machine only has nine this campaign so far but is always one to watch and will relish the chance to impress against the Premier League side.

Blackburn vs. Swansea Prediction: Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Swansea City – a hard battle for both sides but the Premier League outfit to edge it.

MLSGB Premier League Predictions – Gameweek 21

After a break for the FA Cup third round, the Premier League returns this weekend and that means a member of the MLSGB team has to step up and try and predict the outcomes of all ten games.

Louis East called seven correct results with one correct score in the last edition and this week Lewis Addley will try and call some tricky matchups in what should be another entertaining weekend.

Here’s this weeks Premier League predictions:

Saturday 10 January 2015 (All kick-offs are 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated)

Sunderland vs Liverpool (12:45) 

The reverse fixture saw this game end level 0-0 at Anfield, a disappointing result as Liverpool will still believe they are fighting for a Champions League spot. The Stadium of Light has been a tough place to visit this season with Sunderland already taking points from league leaders Chelsea. We can expect a cagey affair with Sunderland looking to cause an upset again.

Prediction: 1-1

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Burnley vs Queens Park Rangers 

Both of these sides look set for the battle to avoid relegation until the end of the season now and it’s a real six pointer. Burnley have found some form of late and can take heart from battling back from 2-0 down away at Manchester City. QPR have been hit with a flooded training ground this week and that has dampened their preparations no end. QPR have lost every away game this season so far in the league, so we can expect much of the same.

Prediction: 2-1

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Chelsea vs Newcastle United 

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Mourinho needs a response from his players and fast after some poor form over the last few weeks. Having already lost the away fixture last month they will need to win this to ensure they remain top of the table. Home form has been solid from Mourinho’s men and it should be three points.

Prediction: 3-1

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Everton vs Manchester City 

Everton haven’t lived up to their expectations this season and City will be looking to kill this game early. The champions have continued to close the gap on Chelsea and will be smelling blood and looking to top the table for the first time this season. Roberto Martinez needs a reaction from his side and they must prove they have what it takes to challenge the top teams once again.

Prediction: 1-2

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Leicester City vs Aston Villa 

Both these sides have been inconsistent so far this campaign which could leave us with an entertaining tie. Leicester are unbeaten in their last couple of league games and have avoided defeat picked up four points in their last two games. They have to be favourites.

Prediction: 2-1

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Swansea vs West Ham United 

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Swansea will be without goal machine Wilfried Bony, away at the African Cup of Nations, who could have played his last game for the side amidst reports of Manchester City chasing his signature. The Swans are happily sitting ninth in the league and will be keen to push for all three points. West Ham have had a bit of a step back to reality in the past couple of weeks as their top four push has been halted. This should be a feisty affair.

Prediction: 3-2

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West Bromwich Albion vs Hull City

Just a point separates these two sides who both look set for a nervy period towards the back end of the season. Having reached the halfway mark neither side looks safe and it is surely another six pointer. Hull will need another performance like the one that saw them win 2-0 against Everton last time out while Albion need to take their goalscoring form of the cup into the game after firing seven past minnows Gateshead last weekend. Tony Pulis to get off to a fine start in the league.

Prediction: 2-1

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Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur (17:30)

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Spurs head into this game on cloud nine after their brilliant performance over Chelsea. Palace, who fear nobody at Selhurst Park, need to be at their best and must stop striking sensation Harry Kane. One thing we know for sure is he will be at the forefront as usual if Spurs are to take all three points in Alan Pardew’s first league outing as Palace boss.

Prediction: 1-3

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Sunday 11 January 2015

Arsenal vs Stoke City (13:30)

Arsene Wenger’s men need to take all three points from this tie to ensure they keep the pace in the race for the top four. They will need to keep it tight at the back compared to their dreadful start in the reverse fixture where they conceded after just one minute. They should gain revenge from that game here though.

Prediction: 2-0 

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Manchester United vs Southampton (16:00)

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This could be one of the most entertaining games of the weekend. We can expect an attacking mentality from both sides. Southampton can consider themselves unlucky in the reverse fixture whereby they were killed off by some clinical finishing. Louis Van Gaal’s impact has been good so far at United and although he will be wary of the Saints, he will be expecting nothing less than three points from his side.

Prediction: 3-1 

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How do you think Gameweek 21 will shape up in the Premier League?