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The Liberty Stadium (ATT 20,295) 19th November 2011 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: M Dean

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Swansea v Man Utd preview

Champions look to end Swans' home record, live on ESPN

Last Updated: 18/11/11 4:28pm

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Danny Graham: The Swansea striker has scored in four of his last five Premier League games

Danny Graham: The Swansea striker has scored in four of his last five Premier League games

Manchester United will put Swansea's unbeaten home record to the test as the two sides meet on Saturday evening.

Form guide: Swansea: LWLDWD Manchester United: WLWWWW Injuries: Swansea: Caulker Manchester United: Owen, Young, Giggs, Smalling, Cleverley Sky Bet odds: Swansea 6/1 Draw 100/30 Manchester United 4/9 Opta stat: Man Utd have only recorded a better start to a Premier League campaign on just two previous occasions, 1993-94 and 2006-07. Jamie Redknapp's Red Hot Tips: To draw 1-1 7/1

The Red Devils are also aiming to keep their fifth successive clean sheet since conceding six against rivals Manchester City.

The Swans have made an impressive start to life in the top flight, with Bolton, Stoke, West Brom, Sunderland and Wigan all failing to take maximum points from South Wales.

Not only have they avoided defat in their five games on home soil, they have also managed to keep four clean sheets in the process.

But it is away from home where Swansea's tougher tests have come this season and despite defeats at Arsenal and Chelsea, Brendan Rogers' side earned an impressive 0-0 draw with Liverpool in their last encounter.

That result and performance has increased the number of admirers for the Premier League newcomers who mix attractive football with an end product - underlined by their mid-table position in the table.

Indeed, in the build up to the encounter, Rogers insists that the pressure is on their visitors this weekend who are chasing Manchester City at the top of the table.

There is now a five-point gap between the champions and Roberto Mancini's men, who could increase their lead with a win over Newcastle.

But since their humiliating defeat at home to their local rivals, Sir Alex Ferguson's side have responded in the required fashion.

They have won all four of their following games, against Aldershot, Everton, Otelul Galati and Sunderland, without conceding a single goal.

But it is in attack where Manchester United have been unusually lacklustre in recent weeks.

They have failed to score more than one goal in a Premier League game since a 2-0 win over Norwich on 1st October.

Team news

Danny Welbeck, who has scored five goals in 12 appearances this season, is expected to be fit despite being withdrawn from the England squad ahead of Tuesday's friendly with Sweden.

He was sent back to his club to recover from a muscle strain after coming on as a substitute in the win over Spain.

Michael Owen is not available and will be out of action until after Christmas with a hamstring injury picked up in the UEFA Champions League last month.

Tom Cleverley is out with an ankle ligament problem, while defender Fabio is a doubt after suffering an injury during Brazil's 2-0 win over Gabon last week.

Midfielder Stephen Dobbie returns for Swansea after being unavailable since their defeat to Norwich in October.

Defender Neil Taylor also returns after suffering from an ankle injury but on-loan Tottenham defender Steven Caulker is missing with a knee problem.

Possible starting XIs

Swansea: Vorm, Taylor, Williams, Monk, Rangel, Sinclair, Gower, Britton, Dyer, Allen, Graham.

Manchester United: De Gea, Jones, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evra, Park, Fletcher, Nani, Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck.

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Barclays Premier League

Barclays Premier League
Pos Team P Pts
1 Chelsea 29 67
2 Manchester City 30 61
3 Arsenal 30 60
4 Manchester United 30 59
5 Liverpool 30 54
6 Southampton 30 53
7 Tottenham Hotspur 30 53
8 Swansea City 30 43
9 West Ham United 30 42
10 Stoke City 30 42
11 Crystal Palace 30 36
12 Newcastle United 30 35
13 Everton 30 34
14 West Bromwich Albion 30 33
15 Hull City 30 28
16 Aston Villa 30 28
17 Sunderland 30 26
18 Burnley 30 25
19 Queens Park Rangers 30 22
20 Leicester City 29 19


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