This weekend, Swansea head to Stoke looking to pick up their first victory at the Britannia Stadium at the fourth time of trying. Fate may be on their side, as Stoke have not won in their last six home games played on a Sunday, according to the Telegraph.
After an explosive start to the season, which saw the Swans sit at the top of the league briefly, the Welsh side have struggled with only one win in the last five games. Only a Carling Cup victory over Everton since the last international break has left the team determined to turn their fortune around. With a tricky run of fixtures fast approaching, it is pivotal for Garry Monk’s side to get at least four points on the board in the next two games, against Stoke and Leicester next weekend.
The Swansea defence will have to be on top of Peter Crouch who has proven in this fixture over the four seasons that he likes scoring against the Swans. The former Spurs and Liverpool striker has scored four goals at the Britannia against the Welsh side and would happily add to that tally.
The gangly striker already has three goals this season for Mark Hughes’ side. Stoke will be hoping they will be able to kick start their season after struggling so far, currently sitting 16th with eight points. Victor Moses and Mame Biram Diouf are said to be fit to play but Peter Odemwingie will miss the game with a knee injury and Glenn Whelan faces a last fitness test after injuring his knee on international duty.
For the Swans, they have nine of the players who featured for their countries returning to the squad. Angel Rangel returns from suspension but Jonjo Shelvey will miss the game after being suspended after picking up five yellow cards so far this season.
Long term absentees Jordi Amat and Leon Britton are both still injured, recovering from knee injuries. The club released news of both players recovery this week, with Amat hopeful of returning in the next two weeks after being out for over a month after having to be replaced at half time against Chelsea.
Britton has missed the whole of this season so far after not playing since the Welsh side’s pre-season tour of America. The 32 year old is hoping to return to training in the next couple of weeks to regain his fitness before returning to the first team, states the official Swansea website.
Sunday’s game will be officiated by Michael Oliver, kicking off at 4pm.