By Alice Langley
Swansea go into this weekend’s home tie against Stoke having not lost a Premier League game at the Liberty Stadium yet this season.
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Only their poor away form, that has led them to not pick up a point on the road as yet, leaves them lying 16th in the league table with 5 points from 6 games.
Stoke will arrive buoyant after their midweek win in Europe and having only lost one game in the league this season plus recording draws against both Chelsea and Man United. They will feel confident that they can take something from this game.
Brendon Rogers, already in a sea of injuries at Swansea, may find himself without Leon Britton after he picked up a back injury against Chelsea.
Kenny Agustien (Hamstring), Steven Caulker (Knee) and Alan Tate (Broken Leg) are all also out. Wayne Routledge is likely to be on standby for Sunday’s game after coming on for the injured Britton last weekend and Stephen Dobbie could also be called upon to start.
Stoke, despite their packed fixture list in the first few months of this season, are in a good position injury wise and were pleased to welcome back Matthew Etherington and Rory Delap in midweek.
The Swans will be desperate to continue their home form and keep their clean sheet at the Liberty Stadium this season however, with Stoke’s direct style causing problems for even the best defenders in the league, this may be a battle for them.
It is sure to be a physical game as two very different styles of play come head to head and this should make it extremely fascinating to watch. Will either side change their normal approach to try and get something out of this one?
Because of Stoke’s European exploits, this one gets underway at 3pm on Sunday afternoon with both teams feeling positive.