Aston Villa will be aiming to improve on a run of just one win in six Premier League matches with Swansea City when they visit the Liberty Stadium on Friday.
The home side returned to form after two straight defeats with a creditable win over struggling Hull City at the weekend, as a somewhat fortunate winning goal from K Sung-Yueng proved enough to justify manager Garry Monk’s decision to rest some of his key players.
It was another match which highlighted the progress the Welsh club have made defensively this term, as they held out fairly comfortably and limited Hull to few chances, but with Christian Benteke set to line up for Villa, they can expect a tougher afternoon here.
The Belgian striker did more than enough to unsettle in-form Manchester United in the last game, curling in a delightful shot to give his side the lead. Paul Lambert’s men eventually had to settle for a draw, but their defensive performance was also strong, particularly after going down to 10 men.
After a succession of injuries, Jores Okore is making the most of his long-awaited chance to prove his worth to Villa, while the returning Ron Vlaar was at his best alongside him. If they can keep performing like that, there will be no relegation worries this time around.
Swansea are set to restore Wilfried Bony to the starting XI along with Leon Britton, Jefferson Montero and Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Kieran Richardson is still banned for Villa, but Gabriel Agbonlahor is allowed to play after his red card against Man Utd was rescinded. Alan Hutton and Tom Cleverley both return.
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