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Swansea City vs. Leicester City

Liberty Stadium

23/10/10

3 p.m

Preview: Swansea vs Leicester

Leicester travel to Swansea's Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon hoping to extend the three-match unbeaten run which has seen them exit the bottom three.

The Foxes claimed a superb victory at Leeds on Tuesday night with a dominant performance, but now travel to face a Swansea side who have enjoyed life in the Championship so far this campaign.

The Swans currently occupy 6th place in the division table following their own four-match unbeaten run, and claimed a useful point at home to table-toppers QPR on Tuesday night.

Brendan Rogers took over the reins in the summer when Paulo Sousa left to join Leicester, and has so far managed to carry on where the Portuguese chief left off.

Sousa's time in charge of the Foxes was ill-fated however, and the 39-year-old was shown the exit at the Walkers after just nine matches in charge as Leicester sat rooted to the bottom.

City have looked an improved side since Sousa's departure however, and have picked up seven points from the nine available ever since.

Sven-Goran Eriksson will be looking to push on with his new side after the excellent victory midweek, but comes up against a tight Swansea side who have once again proved difficult to beat this year.

City's last visit to the Liberty Stadium ended in defeat as Gorka Pintado's solitary goal handed Swansea all three points on the day.

Vital Quotes:

Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson: "It was 40 minutes before Leeds had their first shot and that's very good from our point of view.

"I'm happy for the players and the club. If we can keep playing football like we did last night I think the future is good."

Swansea manager Brendan Rogers: "Sven is a man with great experience at club and international level.

"He`s got an excellent track record and it will be great to pit my wits against someone of that calibre. Milan is obviously keen for success but I just don`t believe in the number of manager`s they`ve had.

"I find it staggering a club can employ a manager for nine games and then move him on."

Swansea City Team News:

Swansea will be without Mark Gower, who has been ruled out for up to a month with a hamstring injury.

David Cotterill is expected to replace Gower on the wing for the Swans.

Player to watch: Scott Sinclair

The exciting winger has featured regularly for Swansea in the Championship this season, and for good reason.

With five goals to his name in nine starts, Sinclair is finally showing the form which he threatened to produce at Chelsea.

Having been previously horribly inconsistent the forward has been a huge source of productivity for the Swans in front of goal this campaign, grabbing his first hat-trick in the League Cup win over Peterborough.

Leicester City Team News:

Sven-Goran Eriksson will be without the services of Paul Gallagher, who is sidelined with a back problem.

Lloyd Dyer is back in contention following his hamstring injury, and looks set to replace Gallagher in the side.

Player to watch: Curtis Davies

The Aston Villa loanee has already delighted City fans with two superb displays at the heart of defence, and could prove to be key to the team's successes tomorrow.

Eriksson will hope that his one-month loan spell can be extended soon to maintain City's defensive fortunes in their bid for success.

Match Facts & Stats

- Swansea have conceded just once at home this season, second only behind QPR.

- Leicester on the other hand have conceded 18 goals on their travels - the most of any side. Not helped by that Portsmouth match of course.

- Scott Sinclair has 9 goals for the season in all competitions already. Deadly.

- Swansea have scored first in over half of their matches this season (58%).

Match Prediction:

Swansea are tough cookies, this one will not be easy for Sven and the boys. That said, the excellent midweek performance will provide the side with a timely boost. Bore draw. Swansea 0-0 Leicester.

Next Fixtures:

Tuesday 26th October:
Carling Cup

Swansea: Wigan (A)

Leicester: West Brom (H)




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Date:Friday October 22 2010

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