Two of the Premier League’s newly promoted sides face each other at the Liberty Stadium as play-off final winners Swansea take on reigning Championship winners QPR.
The Swans have an impressive record at home and have only lost once in South Wales to Premier League champions Manchester United. Swansea have only conceded twice at the Liberty Stadium also this season and have the best defensive record at home in the top flight. Some of that defensive record has been down to the inspired form of goalkeeper Michel Vorm, who will be looking for his ninth clean sheet against Rangers today. Brendan Rodgers faces a worry at left back with Neil Taylor facing a race against time to prove his fitness. If Taylor is unfit, Angel Rangel is ready to step into the place of the Welsh defender. The Swans were beaten 1-0 by Everton in midweek and will be looking to regain form with a win in front of a fervent home crowd.
QPR are on a slight wobble with three defeats in a row and only won win in five outings. Neil Warnock’s side started the season well, but were comfortably beaten last weekend at Loftus Road by Manchester United. They were also undone midweek by a late Sunderland winner and need three points in South Wales to steady the ship. Warnock is again without defender Anton Ferdinand, but the 26 year old is back in light training after a hamstring injury. Shaun Wright-Phillips has gone for a scan on a knee complaint, which rules him out.
Swansea at home is a formidable task for many opponents and they keep possession so effectively. QPR may be content to sit back and take the point, but Warnock’s side really do need all three to ease the worried Rangers following. A draw seems the best bet for the game with Swansea not really providing a killer edge in their last few games and Rangers content to grab something from the game.
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