Swansea come into this game having lost their last four games. The Swans’ sit 19th in the table, just three points clear of Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace. Swansea have won just one of their last five games, and just twice so far this season. More worrying is the ten goals they have conceded at home this season, a statistic that will raise confidence amongst the Bournemouth squad.
Paul Clement will need a result from this game, with recent speculation suggesting his job is in danger. Clement remains defiant though, recently saying “No, I don’t get that impression at all. I know I need to improve the performance of the team. That needs to be the starting point, to get them playing better. Nothing like that at all, absolutely the opposite. They are behind me and together we are going to get through this.”
Bournemouth head into Saturday’s match having hit a patch of good form. A decent run of results has seen them climb from the relegation zone up to 13th, five points clear of their Welsh opponents. Before their last three games the Cherries had failed to find a win on the road, only scoring once in the process. If Eddie Howe’s team fall back into old habits, the home side could see this as an opportunity to turn their season around and grab a valuable three points.
Howe said ahead of the Saturday fixture, “Swansea are a good team. They’re very very organised, you can see that when they play. I think they’ve got a very good squad and a very good manager.I think when you’re going into any game, it’s about how you prepare. We’ve trained well and mentally the squad is in a good place.”
Junior Stanislas and Jermain Defoe will have to sit out through injury, but Bournemouth have been coping well without them as of late. The main talking point is Swansea’s ability to win a match without their leading striker, Tammy Abraham picking up a back injury that has made him a doubt for the game. Clement commented in a recent press conference, “It’s fifty-fifty, I would say at this point. There’s only one training session before the game. I would prefer to have him available because he’s showed with us that he can score goals.”
Wilfried Bony will be available, having recovered from a thigh injury, and will be vital to Swansea’s chances if Abraham doesn’t return in time. Abraham has played a part in 71% of The Swans goals this season and those are big boots to fill for the former Manchester City forward.
Overall it looks a tough game for Swansea and it is a hard time to play Bournemouth following their recent run. Eddie Howe has got his side running like clockwork and could climb as high as ninth if they take victory at the Liberty Stadium.
Match Prediction: Swansea 0-2 Bournemouth