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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
  • Cameron 20 Cameron
  • Shawcross 17 Shawcross
  • Wilson 12 Wilson
  • Pieters 3 Pieters
  • Adam 16 Adam
  • N'Zonzi 15 N'Zonzi
  • Diouf 18 Diouf
  • Ireland 7 Ireland
  • Arnautovic 10 Arnautovic
  • Crouch 25 Crouch

Team taken from Stoke City vs Crystal Palace (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 21st March 2015

4-1-2-1-2
  • Fabianski 1 Fabianski
  • Naughton 26 Naughton
  • Fernandez F 33 Fernandez F
  • Williams A 6 Williams A
  • Taylor 3 Taylor
  • Cork 24 Cork
  • Ki 4 Ki
  • Shelvey 8 Shelvey

  • Sigurdsson 23 Sigurdsson

  • Gomis 18 Gomis

  • Routledge 15 Routledge

Team taken from Swansea City vs Aston Villa (Barclays Premier League) on Saturday 21st March 2015


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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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