Stoke City v Swansea City – team news and match preview

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    TEAM NEWS

    Stoke defender Geoff Cameron is a doubt after hyperextending his knee during last week’s victory over Hull City.

    Phil Bardsley is another potential absentee, having been given compassionate leave following the death of his grandfather.

    Swansea’s Jefferson Montero is back in training after a calf injury and could be included among the substitutes.

    Fernando Llorente is fit to start, having made his injury comeback off the bench last weekend.

    MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

    Steve Wilson: “Stoke will recognise Swansea’s predicament. It’s only a little over a month since Mark Hughes’ side were rock bottom, conceding goals for fun and looking like a win might be a million miles away.

    “When they drew at home to West Brom in late September it probably didn’t feel much like the green shoots of recovery – especially after conceding a last-minute equaliser – but it was exactly that. Another draw and two wins later, Stoke are on the brink of their best run of league results for two and half years.

    “Unlike Stoke, Swansea changed their manager – and Bob Bradley will hope that the home draw with Watford last weekend represents their turning point.”

    Twitter: @SteveWilson1967

    WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes: “We’re looking forward to the Swansea game. It won’t be easy. I think Swansea are a little bit like ourselves where they’ve got a lot of quality and you feel they’re in a false position. I’m sure the new manager will have a way of playing that he’ll want to implement as quickly as he can.”

    Swansea City manager Bob Bradley: “The [new manger] bounce is talked about and you have to make it happen. I’ll be excited when we get that first win.

    “We talk a lot about confidence and they need that reinforcement.

    “At the Emirates [against Arsenal] we had a chance for a point, but I’m not certain we put ourselves in a great position to take three.

    “Coming off against Watford I felt that was more there for us.”

    LAWRO’S PREDICTION

    With Swansea, I still don’t know what to expect under Bob Bradley. He picked up his first Premier League point against Watford last weekend but now he needs his first win, and I don’t see it coming against the Potters.

    Prediction: 2-0

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    MATCH FACTS

    Head-to-head

    • Stoke have only lost one of the last six meetings (W2, D3).
    • The Potters have never lost a home Premier League meeting with the Swans (W3, D2).
    • Swansea’s only top-flight victory at Stoke was in October 1981 – their first meeting in the top division.

    Stoke

    • After 17 league games without one, Stoke could keep a third-consecutive clean sheet this weekend.
    • The Potters are unbeaten in four Premier League games (W2 D2); their best run since March.
    • Xherdan Shaqiri’s last four league goals have been scored from outside the penalty area.
    • Wilfried Bony has failed to score in his last 23 matches in all competitions with club and country – his last Premier League goal came on Boxing Day 2015.

    Swansea City

    • Swansea are winless in their last eight league games, losing six – they have never had a longer run in the top-flight.
    • They ended a run of four straight defeats with their draw against Watford last weekend, keeping a second clean sheet of the season in the process.
    • Only Middlesbrough and Sunderland have scored fewer league goals than the Swans’ eight this season.
    • Leroy Fer has scored half of their Premier League tally.
    Most probable score: 1-1Probability of draw: 29%
    Probability of home win: 42%Probability of away win: 29%

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