Can We Ruffle The Swans Feathers
AFCB are on their travels again, only this time it is across the border to Wales to play Swansea City on New Year`s Eve. The Cherries will be looking to finish the year with a win after two consecutive defeats both conceding three goals. Hard to say if this is a good time to play the Swans, they are probably a bit low on confidence at the moment, but also will want to impress any possible new manager who might be at the game.
Swansea City are looking for their fourth manager in just over a year with the sacking of American Bob Bradley by the club`s American owners, Bradley was only appointed in October and lasted just eleven games in charge of the Swans. The previous managers being Francesco Guidolin who lasted under a year and previous to that Garry Monk. Names being linked with the club include Ryan Giggs, the Welsh manager Chris Coleman, ex Palace boss Alan Pardew and our old manager Harry Redknapp.
Probably have Alan Curtis taking charge of their team for the game on Saturday as he has done on previous occasions. Monk and now Bradley departed on December dates of roughly a year apart, I suppose that is fitting as we are in the Panto season!
Swansea City occupy one of the relegation spots in the Premier League, the team below them who are in the bottom spot Hull City have the same record home and away as far as wins, draws and defeats go, Swansea have a better GD, both sides have 12 points after 18 games. Sunderland also have the same win, draw and defeats away from home and sit in the top of the relegation spots on 14 points after the same number of games. The Cherries are 9 points above Swansea in 12th place.
Swansea lost their last home game against a West Ham side who have won their last three games, the Hammers winning 4-1 at Swansea and the third defeat in a row for the Swans, which probably put the final nail in the coffin for the Swansea manager.
Swansea at home have won 2, drawn 2 and lost 5. Away their record is poor, winning 1, drawing 1 and losing 7.
Swansea in the previous two home games were their only wins at home and were high scoring, beating rival relegation place Sunderland 3-0 and Crystal Palace 5-4 for Swansea`s highest scores so far this season.
Swansea City Team News:
Jefferson Montero could be missing with a hamstring injury, the same with Neil Taylor with a groin strain.
Player to watch: Gylfi Sigurdsson
Gylfi Sigurdsson the Icelandic midfield player who played in that game against England in Euro 2016. In the Premier League this season he has scored 5 goals and has 5 assists to his name. Leroy Fer and Fernando Llorente are the joint leading scorers both on 6 goals.
AFC Bournemouth Team News:
Jack Wilshere plays his last game before he misses the home game against Arsenal. Junior Stanislas could make a start after coming on as a sub at Chelsea.
Player to watch: Jack Wilshere
Jack Wilshere the player making us tick in midfield and again unlucky not to open his account for our club at Chelsea.
Match Facts & Stats
Last season AFCB drew 2-2 at Swansea and beat them 3-2 in the home game at Dean Court. In league games over the years against Swansea away, AFCB have won 5, drawn 6, lost 14. In all competitions home and away, AFCB have won 21, drawn 11 and lost 23.