Swansea City play their final away game of the season this weekend as they go in search of their first ever Premier League win at AFC Bournemouth (Saturday, 3 pm kick-off).
Swansea’s winless run was extended to 6 Premier League games last week when Chelsea edged out a 1-0 win at the Liberty Stadium, while Bournemouth haven’t won in 5, with 3 consecutive defeats.
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Swansea City Team News
Swansea City are boosted with the returns of Federico Fernandez and Luciano Narsingh after recovering from injury. Carvalhal confirmed the news but said Kyle Bartley is still sidelined.
Striker Tammy Abraham is available again after missing last weekend’s game against his parent club Chelsea.
Leon Britton, Angel Rangel and Renato Sanches are also available.
Bournemouth Team News
Adam Smith, Harry Arter and Junior Stanislas are all out injured, while Howe says that Tyrone Mings could possibly feature after being out since September.
What The Managers Are Saying
Swansea boss, Carlos Carvalhal
“We have three chances to get the points we need to stay in the Premier League,”
“But we are not waiting for the last game or the last two games. We want points as soon as possible and we are looking at the next game as though it is the final one.
“We understand it will be difficult away from home against Bournemouth, but our aim is to go there and fight for three points. That is all we are thinking about.”
Bournemouth Manager, Eddie Howe
“It’s been a frustrating end to the season for us, we’ve had some tough games – Liverpool, Manchester United and of course Southampton was difficult for us last week,” said Howe, speaking at a community event.
“We were disappointed with how we played [last week], and this is a chance to put that right. To get over the 40 point mark would be a really big thing for us.
“I think we can draw on all our recent experience and try to give the best performance possible.
Bournemouth’s Last Match Line-Up
Southampton 2-1 Bournemouth
League Positions and Recent Form
Swansea Line-Up Prediction
With a forced change to a back four expected, you’d expect Carvalhal to pack the midfield to compensate, so we could defend in a 4-5-1 shape instead, with Andre Ayew and Carroll looking to get forward when possible.
Naughton, Fernandez, van der Hoorn, Mawson, Olsson,
A. Ayew, King, Ki, Clucas
Premier League record vs Bournemouth (Home and Away)
- As you can see above, Bournemouth are unbeaten in the Premier League against the Swans and have kept 3 clean sheets in the last 3 games
- However, Bournemouth have only won 1 in 10, and are winless in the last 5, Swans are winless in the last 6
- Bournemouth are 11 games without a clean sheet, and have conceded at least 2 goals in each of the last five.
- Bournemouth have also gone 12 home games without a clean sheet.
- Bournemouth’s dismal defensive record coincides with Swansea’s poor attacking record, they’ve only scored 2 goals in the last 6, failing to score in 4 of them.
Bournemouth 2-0 Swansea City
A rather forgetful match at the Vitality Stadium for the Swans. Mawson’s own goal opened the scoring and Afobe had guaranteed the three points after 72 minutes. It was a game where Leroy Fer started at right back as we were without right-back duo Kyle Naughton and Angel Rangel.
Key stats: 52% possession, Shots: 10 (1 on target), 4 corners.
Referee: Kevin Friend
Assistants: Matthew Wilkes, Adrian Holmes
Fourth official: Anthony Taylor
Two sides out of form go up against each other this weekend. Bournemouth play their final home game and will be looking to end their home campaign with a win, while the Swans really need to avoid defeat at the least ahead of two huge home games. We’ve never beaten Bournemouth in the Premier League home or away, but we’ve got to be looking at getting a point here. I’m not convinced we’ll have enough to get the win or that we’ll approach the game in the right way to get the three points, but a point at least is a must this weekend.
Bournemouth 1-1 Swansea City