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Britannia Stadium (ATT 27,330) 29th September 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: J Moss

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Stoke City v Swansea City - preview of Saturday's Premier League match

Last Updated: 29/09/12 10:14am

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Tony Pulis: Stoke boss still searching for his first win of the new season

Tony Pulis: Stoke boss still searching for his first win of the new season

Stoke welcome Swansea to the Britannia Stadium still searching for their first win of the new Premier League season.

The Potters have only suffered one top-flight defeat so far, going down to a late Ashley Cole goal at Chelsea last weekend, with their four other fixtures ending as draws.

Michael Laudrup's visitors have stuttered following an impressive opening to the campaign, with back-to-back defeats coming at the hands of Aston Villa and Everton.

The Swans returned to winning ways in midweek, but it was a far-from convincing success as they were on the brink of a Capital One Cup shock against Crawley, before Garry Monk spared their blushes.

Recent encounters between the two teams have been tight affairs, with seven league meetings in a row finishing with a 2-1 score-line, before both Premier League matches last season ended 2-0.

Tony Pulis' side have won just one of their last 16 Premier League games (W1 D10 L5) and none of the last 11 (W0 D8 L3), although they are unbeaten in their last nine games at the Britannia Stadium (W3 D6 L0), a run that started with a win over Swansea, but they have drawn their last five in a row.

Stoke Badge Stoke

Stoke boss Pulis has a fully-fit squad to select from for the clash with Swansea at the Britannia Stadium.

Midfielder Charlie Adam came off during the 1-0 defeat at Chelsea last weekend due to illness, but has recovered in time for the visit of the Swans.

One Potters player who will not feature is defender Andy Wilkinson, who serves the second match of a three-game suspension.

Swansea  Badge Swansea

Swansea are boosted by the return of Chico Flores and Nathan Dyer from suspension.

Defender Flores has missed three games since his red card against Sunderland, while winger Dyer sat out the Capital One Cup win over Crawley after his dismissal against Everton.

Manager Laudrup expects Jonathan de Guzman and Ashley Williams (both ankle) and Pablo Hernandez (knee) to shake off injuries to feature, but Kemy Agustien is out with a calf injury.

Previous game's starting line-ups

4-2-3-1
  • Begovic 1 Begovic
  • Bardsley 2 Bardsley
  • Shawcross 17 Shawcross
  • Muniesa 5 Muniesa
  • Pieters 3 Pieters
  • N'Zonzi 15 N'Zonzi
  • Cameron 20 Cameron

  • Walters 19 Walters
  • Bojan 27 Bojan
  • Arnautovic 10 Arnautovic

  • Crouch 25 Crouch

Team taken from Stoke City vs Chelsea (Barclays Premier League) on Monday 22nd December 2014

4-2-3-1
  • Fabianski 1 Fabianski
  • Richards 29 Richards

  • Fernandez F 33 Fernandez F
  • Williams A 6 Williams A
  • Taylor 3 Taylor
  • Ki 4 Ki
  • Carroll 14 Carroll

  • Dyer 12 Dyer
  • Shelvey 8 Shelvey
  • Routledge 15 Routledge
  • Gomis 18 Gomis

Team taken from Swansea City vs Hull City (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 20th December 2014


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1 Chelsea 18 45
2 Manchester City 17 39
3 Manchester United 17 32
4 West Ham United 18 31
5 Southampton 17 29
6 Arsenal 17 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 17 27
8 Swansea City 17 25
9 Newcastle United 17 23
10 Liverpool 17 22
11 Everton 17 21
12 Aston Villa 17 20
13 Stoke City 17 19
14 Sunderland 17 19
15 West Bromwich Albion 17 17
16 Queens Park Rangers 17 17
17 Crystal Palace 17 15
18 Burnley 17 15
19 Hull City 17 13
20 Leicester City 17 10

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