Swansea vs Stoke – Premier League preview and team news

The battle for eighth place is the sole focus for both teams at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday as Swansea City entertain Stoke City.

This season has been a success story for each of these sides, and in Swansea’s case, breaking the 50-point barrier for the first time in the Premier League is a superb achievement from the players and manager Garry Monk, who has quietly shone throughout his first full season in management.

Also admirable is the way the Welsh club have responded to losing top scorer Wilfried Bony in January, continuing to pick up results regularly and score goals. They picked up another impressive win at Newcastle United in their last game and here will look to gain revenge on Stoke after losing a controversial reverse fixture.

The centre of the talk that day was Victor Moses and how he won the penalty that brought the Potters back into the match, but he will be missing for this one. Just like Swansea regarding Bony, Stoke have coped well without him as well as the talented Bojan and are set for a second successive top half finish.

Charlie Adam has been the man to step up recently, scoring three fine goals including a rasping drive to secure a point against Sunderland. The Scot will engage in a fascinating midfield contest with former Liverpool teammate Jonjo Shelvey, and there might be a battle for supremacy as far as long-range shots are concerned.

Nelson Oliveira is likely to continue in attack for Swansea in the absence of Bafetimbi Gomis. Meanwhile, Tom Carroll is still absent and Wayne Routledge will not play again this season.

Adam should play for Stoke despite breaking his nose, but Marc Muniesa remains on the sidelines and Geoff Cameron is doubtful with a hamstring problem.

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