Two sides in desperate need of a positive result clash at the Liberty Stadium as Swansea City face a Bournemouth side which has slipped into the drop zone following four successive defeats.
The Swans have dropped to 14th place after a run of just one win in eight, and their home form of late has been uncharacteristically poor, with goals also at a premium. They really need Bafetimbi Gomis to rediscover his sparkling early season goalscoring touch if they are to lift themselves back up the table, but for that to happen the service into the Frenchman must improve. He was forced to feed on scraps again in the disappointing defeat at Norwich City last time out.
Garry Monk’s side dominated the possession in that game but rarely looked like scoring, which will have been a concern. It is a clear sign that the team is lacking in confidence and is not taking as many risks than in the past, so they will be wary of losing the dynamism which has made them such a fine team to watch over the last 18 months. Matters will only become more worrying should they taste defeat again here, in a game where both sides – though nervy – will set out to attack.
While Swansea were having lots of the ball and not creating chances in their last outing, Bournemouth were overwhelmingly dominant against fellow strugglers Newcastle United and fashioned numerous openings, but contrived to squander them all and concede a cheap goal from a rare Magpies attack for the ultimate sucker punch. There were plenty of positives to take from the performance, but it is results that count and the Cherries were punished for their profligacy.
Every time a chance went begging it emphasised the extent to which they are missing the presence of Callum Wilson, who provides pace in abundance and an ice-cool head in front of goal. That was not displayed a fortnight ago by the likes of Josh King and Junior Stanislas, who passed up their best chances, so manager Eddie Howe has the task of finding the right combination to help turn results around as he comes into a match where both sides are under pressure to deliver.
Swansea have a fully-fit squad to pick from, but will assess Ki Sung-Yueng, Andre Ayew and Jefferson Montero after they all had long international trips in the week.
Marc Pugh and Glenn Murray return for Bournemouth after minor injuries kept them out of the defeat to Newcastle. Callum Wilson, Tommy Elphick, Max Gradel and Tyrone Mings remain out.
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