Aston Villa vs Swansea preview: Tim Sherwood desperate to end winless run

A look ahead to the Premier League fixture at Villa Park

Alex Keble
Friday 23 October 2015 16:57
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It’s a big game for…

ASHLEY WILLIAMS: The Swansea centre-back gave away the decisive penalty against Stoke City on Monday night, condemning Swansea to their third defeat in five matches. As club captain, Williams must lead by example at Villa Park if Garry Monk’s side are to record their first win since August.

Best stat…

28.7. Aston Villa have attempted to dribble past opponents 28.7 times per match this season, significantly more than any other Premier League team. With Jack Grealish, Carles Gil, and Jordan Amavi in the side, Swansea must be wary of Villa’s driving runs towards goal.

Remember when…

A stunning free-kick from Gylfi Sigurdsson settled a Boxing Day clash between these two sides at a sodden Liberty Stadium back in 2014. Swansea ran out 1-0 winners in a match that sent them above Arsenal and into 7th place.

Player to watch…

JORDAN AMAVI: Villa’s new French full-back has made a superb start to life in Birmingham, amassing three assists in his first ten appearances. The former Nice player has been Tim Sherwood’s most reliable attacker in recent weeks, but will face a stern defensive test against Andre Ayew this weekend.

Past three-meetings…

Aston Villa 0 Swansea City 1 (Gomis), Premier League, March 2015

Swansea 1 (Sigursdsson) Aston Villa 0, Premier League, December 2014

Swansea 4 (Bony 2, Shelvey, Hernandez) Aston Villa 1 (Agbonlahor), Premier League, April 2014

Form guide…

ASTON VILLA: LLWLLL

SWANSEA: LDLLDL

Vital information…

KICK-OFF TIME: 3:00pm, Saturday 24 October

TV: Highlights on Match of the Day, BBC1

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