Swansea City are back in League action tomorrow afternoon after the 2-week international break as we take on Ipswich Town at Portman Road.
The break probably came at the wrong time for Paulo Sousa’s side, after they picked up 7 points in the last 3 games and they’ll be looking to put more pressure on Roy Keane and his Ipswich side who currently lie bottom of the table.
Paulo Sousa comments on his opposite number tomorrow, Roy Keane:
‘It is a pleasure to have played against Roy Keane in our national teams and in the Champions League,’
‘He was a very competitive player who understood the game well.
‘He had good technique and he was very aggressive without the ball. He was a clever player.
‘He played with important players and with important clubs and he worked hard to develop himself.
‘I’m pleased to have played against him because of all that — and also because I think I won every time!’
Ipswich Town Team News:
Roy Keane has added Portsmouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to his squad and he’s available for selection.
Captain Alex Bruce is expected to make a return from a groin injury.
Player to watch: Jon Walters
Walters is the club’s top scorer with 4 goals in the League this season. The 26 year-old has also had spells at Blackburn, Bolton, Hull, Wrexham and Chester City.
Swansea City Team News:
Gorka Pintado and Joe Allen both face fitness tests ahead of the game while Guillem Bauza, Albert Serran and Ferrie Bodde are sidelined with injuries.
Stephen Dobbie, who featured for the Reserves this week, competes for a starting place up front along with Lee Trundle and Craig Beattie.
Player to watch: Darren Pratley
The energetic midfielder should start again and if he can perform to the same level as he did against QPR a fortnight ago he’ll be a big boost for us tomorrow. Pratley works well alongside Leon Britton, he’s a good ball-winner, has a good range of passes and superb energy from start to finish.
Match Facts & Stats
In 22 contests between the two sides in the League, Ipswich have won 7 compared to Swansea’s 9.
Our last victory away at Ipswich was in 1981.
Ipswich are still looking for their first win of the season. They’ve lost 3 games in the last 6.
Ipswich are due to a win and they’ll be going all out to get tomorrow afternoon against the Swans. If we can start well and get a good foothold in the game, the 3 points are there for the taking. We don’t concede many goals but we don’t score many either, so I think we’ll edge a closely-fought win.
You can follow the game live here on Vital Swansea with match updates, team line-ups, latest score, commentary and chat.