Date: 21st March 2015 at 11:22am
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Tim Sherwood has revealed that his side’s intentions today will be ‘not to let Swansea City play’ as they go in search of their third consecutive Premier League win.

Swansea City meanwhile, will want to avoid losing their 3rd League game on the bounce for the first time this season after defeats against Spurs and Liverpool.

Some teams in the Premier League prefer to stand off the Swans and allow them to play – hoping to crowd them out and catch them out on the counter attack.

Aston Villa have the pace in the side to do that, but Sherwood has indicated that he is looking for his side to apply pressure high up the field, and not to allow them the time and space on the ball to dominate possession.

Sherwood told their club’s official site:

‘We know how they play. I thought they outplayed Liverpool the other night.

‘I thought they were unlucky not to go in ahead at half-time.

‘We know how they try and do things. They have a unique way of playing.

‘But we just need to make sure we keep the ball off them. If they have it, we get it back as quickly as we can.

‘We know we have got pace in our side that can hurt any team. We expect to hurt them on Saturday.

Sherwood insists that their intentions are to stop the Swans from playing their usual passing game. Is the Villa boss giving away too much here? Or is he trying to play mind games and to get Monk thinking about his approach?

Will his side push high up and apply pressure like he says? Or prefer to try and win the ball back in their own half and quickly counter using their pace on the attack?

Their rivals West Brom used this approach to great effect in their 2-0 win against the Swans, but you get the feeling that Villa will adopt a more positive game plan – similar to what he says.

He added:

‘If you let them play, they can hurt you. Our intention is not to let them play.

‘You get higher up the field and put pressure on them. If they play through you with good play, we hold our hands up and say well done.

‘But we hope and expect not to be saying that.

‘They will be under immense pressure all over the field and especially higher up the field.

‘If we win the ball back in their half we are only one pass away from Gabby or Christian putting the ball in the net again.’

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