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Premier League preview and odds: Swansea vs. Stoke City

Published on: 17/10/2015

Premier League preview and odds: Swansea vs. Stoke City

October 19, 2015 20:00pm – Liberty Stadium

Premier League

Swansea will be looking for their first win in four games when they welcome in-form Stoke City to the Liberty Stadium for the Barclays Premier League Monday night game.

A forgettable September for the Swans

The Swans last win came back in August when they beat Manchester United by two goals to one on home soil. Since then, they have gone off the boil and have picked up just two points from their last four games.

After losing at Watford and drawing at home to Everton, they had to rely on an own goal from Harry Kane to earn a point against Tottenham Hotspur in their last game (2-2). As a result of their poor performances in September, the team from South Wales have slipped to 11th place in the league table.

In this week`s televised Monday night game, Garry Monk`s men will face a Stoke City team that has just started to find some form.

Stoke starting to click

Stoke may be way down in 14th place but they are unbeaten in their last three games having drawn against high-flying Leicester and beaten two relegation candidates in their last two games.

In their last outing, Mark Hughes` men beat Aston Villa 1-0 in their own backyard to make in six points out of six after despatching of Bournemouth the week before.

The back-to-back victories will come as welcome relief to Stoke fans who watched their team go winless in the first six games of the season.

Team news

Kyle Naughton will be back in the Swansea side after missing the Tottenham game for personal reasons.

Meanwhile, Stoke could hand a start to fit-again Xherdan Shaqiri but Ryan Shawcross has not recovered in time for this match. Mame Biram Diouf is away on compassionate leave after his mother sadly passed away.

Recent form (League)

Swansea: DLDLW

Stoke: WWDLL

Betting odds and tips

Swansea have been tough to beat at home since Garry Monk took over but their overall form has dipped in recent weeks.

Since losing Wilfried Bony to Manchester City, the Swan`s goal ratio has dropped, despite the efforts of Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew to fill the void.

Stoke will be missing their leading scorer for this game and may struggle to get the goals needed to win in South Wales. However, they will have some confidence following their recent wins and are capable of claiming a draw. The stalemate can be backed at 5/2 with Betfred.

Published on: 17/10/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (17/10/2015 11:45:33) but are subject to change.