Swansea vs. Leicester
Leicester are going to the Liberty Stadium to face Swansea in what is a very important fixture for both sides. Swansea and Leicester sit on 21 points each, just one point from the relegation zone.
The fixture is labelled as a ‘six-pointer’ and is a must win for both sides. It would not only carry the winner further away from the relegation zone but also would mean the victor would take vital points from a fellow relegation candidate.
Swansea come into this game in decent form, with Paul Clement having apparently turned the dressing room morale around which has led to positive performances on the pitch, with the results to match.
Despite a heavy 4-0 defeat to Arsenal at home, the Swans’ have secured wins away at Crystal Palace and Liverpool in recent weeks as well as getting a win at the Liberty against Southampton.
Leicester, on the other hand, have had a dreadful spell, having lost four games in a row. Their imperious form of last season, where, unbelievably, they were able to win the league, seems a galaxy away.
They are leaking goals continuously at the back, conceding three goals against Chelsea, Southampton, and Manchester United whilst their inability to score goals, having not scored a Premier League goal in 2017, sees them at the wrong end of the table.
Leicester City also enter this fixture with a full strength squad. Islam Simani is set to return to the starting line-up to provide an aerial presence similar to the one Fernando Llorente gives Swansea at the other end of the field.
- Since beating Leicester in their first Premier League meeting in October 2014, the Swans have lost each of their last four, scoring once and conceding 11.
- However, the Foxes’ 3-0 victory at Liberty Stadium last season ended a run of three consecutive league defeats there, two of which were in the Championship.
- None of the last 12 meetings in all competitions between these sides has ended as a draw, with Leicester winning nine and Swansea three.
- Riyad Mahrez scored a hat-trick in this exact fixture last season, the first scored by a Leicester player in an away Premier League game.
- Leicester are the only Premier League side yet to score a goal in 2017 and have gone five games without one. The last top-flight side to fail to score in their opening six games of a calendar year were Stoke City in 1985.
- Swansea have already conceded 54 Premier League goals this season – the joint-most they have ever done in a Premier League season (also 54 in 2013-14).
The Foxes remain without an away win in the Premier League since a 2-0 victory at Sunderland last April – they are on a run of 14 games without a win (D5 L9). Only once before in the Premier League have they had a longer winless away run, going 16 games without a win between December 2001 and October 2003.