Preview - Swansea vs Burnley Feb 10 2018

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Match Day 27
Swansea City vs. Burnley
Saturday, February 10th, 2018
23:00 pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Liberty Stadium

Swansea City:
Last five matches form: D W W D L
Average goals per match: 0.7
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Jordan Ayew (5)

Burnley:
Last five matches form: D D L L L
Average goals per match: 0.8
Average goals against per match: 0.9
Top Scorer: Chris Wood (4)

Seventeenth plays seventh at the Liberty Stadium this Saturday as Burnley visit Swansea City. Expected to be involved in the relegation battle by many observers, Burnley have already all but secured their Premier League status having racked up 36 points in their first 26 games.

For Swansea City the hard work remains to be done, although recent signs have certainly been encouraging. With wins over both Liverpool and Arsenal in recent weeks, they will likely fancy their chances of recording another victory.

Burnley may not be the most glamourous side in the division, and do seem to be punching above their weight in seventh at times. They do have a strong sense of identity though, and possess an admirable never say die attitude as evidenced by their excellent home draw against Manchester City last week. They don't look quite as good on the road though, and were pretty lucky to escape from lowly Newcastle with a point on their most recent road trip.

Unbeaten in seven starts since the arrival of Carlos Carvalhal, Swansea City look a side improved beyond all recognition at present. Burnley meanwhile remain hard to beat, but do have the look of a side who's form is tailing off a little. Buoyed by escaping the relegation zone last weekend, and winning 8-1 in the cup in midweek, we expect the home team to get the job done.

Prediction: Swansea City 2-0 Burnley

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 1 - 0
Shots: 12 -13
Shots on target: 4 - 1
Corner Kicks:  5 - 2
Possession: 58% - 42%

Andre Ayew picked up a yellow card on his second debut for the Swans, as did Martin Olsson. Jeff Kendrick picked up a booking for Burnley.
As with so many of Burnley's games, this was a relatively tight encounter, with only five total shots on target in the match. The fact that the Clarets managed only one effort on goal proved a large part of their undoing as they were simply unable to threaten with any great purpose.
For long periods it looked as though Burnley's hard working, well-organised approach may yield a point on the road, as despite concerted pressure and domination of the possession, Swansea couldn't find the key to unlock the game.
In the 81st minute they did find the key, or more accurately Sung-Yueng Ki. Every win is crucial when you are in Swansea's position and the South Korean nearly took the roof of the Liberty Stadium when he fired home from range.
Andre Ayew and Tammy Abraham probably should have added to the lead in the closing stages as Burnley sought an equaliser but their misses didn't prove costly as Swansea ultimately got over the line.
Swansea City's renaissance under Carlos Carvalhal continues apace. They are now unbeaten in eight in the League and have reached the heady heights of 15th having looked doomed at one stage this season.
Burnley's Premier League status was all but secured a while ago now following their exceptional start to the season, and this can only go down as a minor blip for Sean Dyche who continues to work miracles with the resources he has at his disposal. They sit proudly in eighth place going into the final third of the season.

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