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Swansea City v Stoke City - Match Preview

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Two of this season's Premier League strugglers clash this weekend, with both teams desperate to get some more points on the board.

Stoke City had a bright start to life under Mark Hughes, boasting wins over West Ham and Crystal Palace, but that all seems so long ago now for the Potters, without a win since September and only four points from seven games.

Hughes' side will be desperate to take something home from South Wales.

Swansea City are in pretty much the same predicament, as the Europa League has taken over some of their focus.

Loses to Sunderland, who currently sit bottom of the table, and perhaps more painfully last weekend's defeat to Cardiff City in the South Wales derby, should have been the club's wake up call as they now sit 13th in the Premier League table - just four places and two points above their opponents this weekend.

Team News

The Swans will be without goalkeeper Michel Vorm and will instead call upon Gerhard Tremmel.

Laudrup's main concern though will be over Michu, who could be out for up to a month with an ankle injury. Swansea also have Gary Monk, Alan Tate and Pablo Hernandez still on the sidelines.

Mark Hughes has life a little easier with his only injury doubt being Andy Wilkinson with his knee. The full-back has only made one league appearance this season so a decision is already likely to have been made over who is his replacement.

Stats

At the same stage of Swansea's last two Premier League campaigns, they have had 12 points. They are currently on 11.

Stoke City have not won 30 out of their last 33 away games, they are winless in their last seven games and have let in seven goals and only scored four.

The only previous meeting between Hughes and Laudrup was the Dane's first Premier League match - a Michu-inspired 4-0 win at QPR on the opening day of last season.
 

Prediction

Stoke will make it hard for Swansea, they have been exceptional away from home and really take it to teams, but the Swans are as desperate for points as the Potters and this game will only ever be one result - 1-1.

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