Premier League: Aston Villa v Swansea match preview
A look ahead to the weekend's encounter at Villa Park
Thursday 26 December 2013
The Swans will have to try to work their magic to secure points in the Premier League this Saturday, in what looks like a difficult away game against Aston Villa.
Both teams have been out of luck this Boxing Day. After a valiant match against Chelsea, the Swans were left out in the cold with a 1-0 defeat, whereas Villa’s home game against Crystal Palace resulted in a late loss.
For now, Swansea might have a slight upper hand sitting two places above Aston Villa in the league table. However, the Swans will have to make do in their next match without injured goalkeeper Michel Vorm, who has just had a knee operation, and star striker Michu, who will undergo ankle surgery next week.
After four defeats in the last four matches, Lambert’s men will have to step up their game against Swansea if they are to climb higher than their current standing of 13th.
Brad Guzan’s saving prowess will be in more demand than ever, and the atmosphere at Villa Park will undoubtedly influence players, with home fans likely to be impatient if they don’t see an early goal.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS:
Swansea 2 (Routledge, Graham) Aston Villa 2 (Weimann, Benteke) Premier League, January 2013
Aston Villa 2 (Lowton, Benteke) Swansea 0, Premier League, September 2012
Aston Villa 0 Swansea 2 (Dyer, Routledge), Premier League, January 2012
Aston Villa have lost all four of their last games, the latest, a 0-1 away victory to Crystal Palace.
Paul Lambert’s side have only won two of their last 10 matches.
Swansea has won three out of the eight away matches they have played this season.
Aston Villa to win: 2.8
Swansea to win: 1.8
TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 3.00pm, highlights on BBC1 at 10.25pm
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