Written by BillyTheKid
After a very poor show against local side Southampton, a game that will remain in our fans minds for all the wrong reasons and our third defeat on the trot. April’s four games, two home, two away has yielded just 1 point. Our last home game of the season is against Swansea who after losing at home on Saturday against Chelsea and our side ‘gifting’ Saints two goals and 3 points, find themselves 1 point above a relegation spot and desperate for points. This will be another hard game with a side fighting to remain in the Premier League, just hope our side is not feeling ‘generous’ again! After Saturday’s poor showing against Saints, this is our last home game for them to play like we know they can and get 3 points.
Since we last played Swansea back in November, they have changed managers, Paul Clement lost his job a month later with Swansea on the bottom of the league after 18 games with 12 points. He was replaced by Carlos Carvalhal who had left his job as Sheffield Wednesday manager by mutual consent on Christmas Eve after a bad run of results. A few days later he was the new Swansea boss. He had a good start with his new team beating Watford away in the last game of the year and in January of the New Year, Swansea on their home ground, taking the scalps of Liverpool and Arsenal.
In the January transfer window Swansea signed Andre Ayew from West Ham for a club record fee of £18 million, he rejoins Swansea after just a season and a few months away, he also joins up with his younger brother Jordan. They also brought in Andy King for the rest of the season on loan from Leicester City.
Swansea’s results at home in January, losing 0-2 to Spurs and then beating Liverpool 1-0 and Arsenal 3-1. In February they beat Burnley 1-0. March beat West Ham 4-1. April drew with Everton 1-1 and in their recent game lost to Chelsea 0-1. Away from Wales, in January they drew with Newcastle United 1-1. In February drew 1-1 with Leicester City, lost at Brighton 4-1. March drew at Huddersfield 0-0, lost at Old Trafford to United 2-0. April Drew with West Brom 1-1, lost to the other Manchester club City 5-0. Swansea after 35 games are in 17th place with 33 points. AFCB after 36 games are 12th with 38 points.
AFCB last 6 Home games LDWLDW – Swansea last 6 Away games LDLDLD
The Cherries in their PL games against Swansea at Dean Court, 2015-16, AFCB won 3-2. 2016-17, AFCB won 2-0. Away in 2015-16, AFCB drew 2-2. 2016-17, AFCB won 0-3. 2017-18, drew 0-0. In all home league games, AFCB have won 15, drawn 4 and lost 7. In all competitions, AFCB have won 22, drawn 12 and lost 23.
AFCB Team News
Harry Arter missed the Saints game with an Achilles injury. Adam Smith could make a welcome return to our defence.
AFCB Player To Watch
Nathan Ake must be our player of the season and has given consistent performances. So no doubt he will be a player to watch as he picks up an award on Saturday. He has scored 2 goals and has 3 assists. Good to watch when defending or moving forward. Our most expensive signing, but has proved to be worth the money.
Swansea Team News
Kyle Bartley is out for the rest of the season. Swansea are hoping to have centre-back Federico Fernandez and winger Luciano Narsingh for the game on Saturday.
Swansea Player To Watch
Jordan Ayew been in good form for Swansea and is also their leading scorer with 7 goals and 2 assists.