Stoke City v Swansea City: Premier League match preview
A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at Britannia
Wednesday 12 February 2014
After a dire run of just one point in six matches, Stoke kick-started their season with a famous 2-1 home win against Manchester United. They followed that up with an impressive 2-2 away draw against Southampton and will now be gunning for three points when Swansea visit.
The Potters will rely on Peter Odemwingie to get the goals after the Nigerian opened his Stoke account on the south coast after joining from Cardiff. After Swansea, Stoke face Manchester City and Arsenal which makes the match against the Swans all the more important.
New Swansea manager Garry Monk could not have got off to a better start when his side battered Cardiff in the Welsh derby on Saturday. Swansea are currently 10 in the table, just one point ahead of Stoke in 13. West Brom in 18, however, are just four points adrift of Swansea and Monk will be weary of getting sucked back into the relegation fight. Their away form has been abysmal earning them just two points on their last six travels and the new manager will be eager to improve that statistic.
KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS:
Swansea 3 (Bony 2, Dyer) Stoke 3 (Walters, Ireland, Adam), Premier League, November 2013
Swansea 3 (de Guzman 2, Davies) Stoke 1 (Owen), Premier League, January 2013
Stoke 2 (Crouch 2) Swansea 0, Premier League, September 2012
Swansea have scored just two goals in their last six Premier League away games, despite attempting 47 shots at goal in these six matches.
Charlie Adam has scored in three of his last four Premier League games at the Britannia Stadium. Overall, Adam has either scored (3) or assisted (3) six of Stoke’s last 11 Premier League goals
Wilfried Bony is Swansea’s top goalscorer with 17. Eight of his goals have come in the Premier League.
Stoke are relying on their home form this season. It is ranked ninth in the league. Their away form is ranked 19.
Stoke to win: 2.7
Swansea to win: 2.87
TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.35pm
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