So the good run keeps on going. If anyone had tried to tell me after Man City had thumped us and we’d stuttered to a 0-0 with West Ham, that we’d be flying up the table in and sitting in 6th position after 13 games, then I’d have laughed and suspected street sales of benzodiazepines were on the rise. Yet here we are, about to go into a busy schedule of fixtures with momentum, self belief and team spirit building in our favour. Obviously, I will have just jinxed us by mentioning it, so I apologise now should the wheels come off in spectacular fashion this week!
It’s never a good idea to get ahead of ourselves, so we’ll not start predicting anything outrageous happening, but should we get a reasonable haul of points between now and January, then it would present United with a chance to kick on, boost the squad with a couple of well researched and resourced purchases and banish any fears of a lowly table struggle. Obviously we wouldn’t want to do anything crazy like qualifying for the Europa League but it would be nice to keep our momentum going for a while yet.
Next up to test our mettle, is Swansea City. Now I would consider myself as having a fairly lengthy list of teams that I hate, probably more than is healthy for me, however, I can’t really say that I have any grudge against Swansea City. In fact I remember Paulo Sousa talking glowingly of us, our fans and our stadium after the 3-0 home win in our Championship season.
They’re now in the very capable hands of Michael Laudrup, who invested in the summer to boost his squad ahead of a European campaign. The most eye catching of his signings was Wilifried Bony who joined from Vitesse Arnhem for £12m. For reasons best known to themselves, they also signed Jonjo Shelvey from Liverpool for £6m. Jordi Amat arrived from Espanyol whilst Alejandro Pozuelo and Jose Canas joined from Real Betis. Jonathan De Guzman returned for a 2nd loan stint too.
Swansea’s season began on the 1st August when their Europa League campaign kicked off, but they breezed through 2 qualifying rounds. Since then, they’ve been combining domestic competitions with their European adventure but their home form has yet to reach any real heights. They’ve won only once in the Premier League, a 4-0 romp over Sunderland. West Ham (0-0), Stoke (3-3) and Liverpool (2-2) have held them to draws, whilst Man Utd (4-1) and Arsenal (2-1) have left The Liberty Stadium with 3 points tucked in the bag.
Bony has rattled in 10 goals so far, whilst Michu has bagged 7. Bony is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, Rangel and Leon Britton are also crocked with no return date. Michu has been injured with an ankle problem but may return against us. They have no suspensions
Expect them to be patient and play in front of us and should Michu not make it then they still have dangermen in De Guzman, Pablo Hernadez, and the pace machines Nathan Dyer, and ex mag, Wayne Routledge.
I expect it to be a case of us naming the same side that won on Saturday night unless there are some knocks in training. The good news is that Gutierrez, Steven Taylor, Haidara, Dummett and Marveaux are now all fit and Pardew is picking from a full squad with only Ryan Taylor missing.
Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko are both 1 yellow card away from a 1 game suspension.
Ryan Taylor – Knee – not expected back this year
Possible Team (4-3-2-1)
1.Krul: 2. Debuchy, 5. Williamson, 6.Coloccini (Capt), 3. Santon: 8. Cabaye, 4. Tiote 10. Sissoko: 7. Gouffran, 9. Shola Ameobi, 11. Remy:
Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Anita, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, , Ben Arfa, Cisse
League History at Swansea
1983/84 United won 2-1 at the Vetch Field as we visited Wales twice in a week. On a day when United fielded Beardsley, Keegan and Waddle the goals came from Blakelaw’s finest, Kenny Wharton and sub, David Mills. Attendance, 9,807.
2009/10 drew 1-1 Andy Carroll did the business with a late equaliser after Cotterill had put the hosts ahead. Unattractive, but a point along the way to promotion. Attendance, 15,188.
2011/12 won 2-0 With Papiss Cisse hitting 2. The second one was outstanding. Attendance, 19,874
Cisse’s goals around the 4 minute mark.
2012/13 Lost 1-0. A weird game that we could have got completely stuffed in, could also have won but actually managed to lose with one of the scrappiest, shittiest goals ever. Attendance was 20,405.
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