Swansea City face their most important game of the season to date as defeat at Ashton Gate tomorrow will certainly end our chances of gaining a play-off place this year.
We take on a Bristol City side that second in the table and they’ll be looking to secure their automatic promotion place.
Martinez: ”These are two massive games, but so are the four we have to come after this weekend,”
”Look through the years and you’ll see that Easter is not everything.
”I remember the season we were trying to avoid relegation to the Conference, we didn’t get anything from our two Easter games but we still achieved our aim.
”There are still 12 points to play for after this weekend and it would be a mistake to consider these two games as something extra. Every game from now on in is huge.”
”I’m looking at the overall picture and, if we can repeat our form of the last six games in the final six and get another 13 points, we’ll be fine.”
Bristol City Team News:
Gary Johnson, who won the League One Manager of the Month award for March, is likely to be without goalkeeper Chris Weale who is suffering from a back problem.
Jamie McAllister (groin) and midfielder Scott Murray also look set to miss the game.
Player to watch: Phil Jevons
Phil Jevons is City’s top scorer this season with 17 goals, 11 of them scored in the League and closely followed by Showunmi with 14.
Swansea City Team News:
Roberto Martinez will be without the suspended Alan Tate tomorrow as he misses the next 2 games after his sending off at Millwall last weekend.
Richard Duffy and Kevin Amankwaah will both be competing for the vacant right back place while Lee Trundle will be hoping for a start after he was placed on the bench last week.
Garry Monk and Shaun MacDonald are also still sidelined.
Player to watch: Lee Trundle
Providing that he starts, I think he’ll have an important job to do tomorrow and hopefully he can get us a few goals. Butler is also going through a decent run of form on the right wing.
Match Facts & Stats
Bristol City are undefeated in the last 3 games, their last defeat was at home to Bradford, they lsot 3-2.
Last weekend they drew at home with leaders Nottingham Forest 1-1.
Earlier in the season, Bristol and Swansea drew 0-0 at the Liberty Stadium.
We haven’t beaten Bristol City away for 14 years. We last beat them in August 1993, winning 2-0 in the League Cup. Our last away league win there was in 1989.
This will definately be one of most toughest games of the season so far but I think the team will be up for this one.
I think we’re capable of getting something out of the game but I can’t see us claiming all 3 points. 1-1 draw.
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Monday, 09 April 2007
Swansea v Port Vale, 15:00
Saturday, 14 April 2007
Bournemouth v Swansea, 15:00
Saturday, 21 April 2007
Swansea v Brighton, 15:00