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Swansea City vs. AFC Bournemouth

The Liberty Stadium

5th April 2008

3.00pm

Swansea Vs Bournemouth

Swansea City are on the brink of realising their Championship dream on Saturday as they prepare to face an in form Bournemouth side at the Liberty Stadium.

Tuesday evening saw two of Swansea`s main promotion rivals slip up in their bid to secure a automatic promotion place of their own. Doncaster Rovers were consigned to their third defeat in five games at the hands of Leeds United. The Elland Road side secured a 1-0 win over Rovers thanks to a twentieth minute free kick by defender Alan Sheehan on loan from Championship outfit Leicester.

Colin Calderwood`s Nottingham Forest were also in action against second placed Carlisle United. Goals from Luke Chambers and Garath McCleary, have now given Swansea promotion and potentially the title on a platter. Whilst all attentions will be focused on the game at the Liberty Stadium, all ears will be tuned into radios listening in on events unfolding at Huddersfield Town`s Galpharm Stadium.

The Terriers who have parted company with Andy Ritchie by mutual consent after just under a year in charge of the West Yorkshire club can play a vital role in Swansea City`s promotion bid. Doncaster have to win to prevent the South Wales club from securing promotion with 5 games yet to play.

Swansea City will be firmly focused on the game at The Liberty stadium as all that stands in their way will be an in form Bournemouth side fighting for their league one survival. It has been a tough season at Dean Court and with the news of a major investor Marc Jackson withdrawing from a consortium who were in the process of putting into place a fiscal rescue package to buy the ailing club have blighted manager Kevin Bond`s preparation for a must win game for the seasiders.

Bournemouth are nine points adrift of safety and with time running out for the financially stricken club Swansea could condemn Bond`s side to league two. Roberto Martinez side will be supremely confident of taking all three points from the Cherries

Vital Quotes:

Swansea City Manager Roberto Martinez:

We cannot lose focus on a huge game for us against Bournemouth on Saturday.'We have done so well this season that we are in a position where we can just concentrate on what we do. Now we have to make sure we do that.'


Swansea City Team News:

Midfielder Paul Anderson looks unlikely to make his much anticipated return from a hamstring injury; the Liverpool youngster did make a fleeting appearance against MK Dons in the first leg of the Southern Area final first leg but has been hampered in his recovery.

Another of Swansea`s loan stars Fabien Brandy could feature after serving his three match ban for a two footed lunge on Bristol Rovers defender Danny Coles.

Andrea Orlandi is available for Selection and Marcos Painter is near full fitness. Garry Monk however looks all but certain to miss out the rest of the season with a back injury.

Player to watch: Jason Scotland

league one's top shot:

Jason Scotland`s agent Mike Berry in the last few weeks have called on Swansea City fans to get behind his client and support league one`s top gun. Berry`s words did come under criticism from a vast section of the Swansea City faithful. In spite of this critical approach, Scotland has fired Swansea to within a win of promotion on Saturday.

The former Dundee United striker has netted 29 goals in his first season with the Liberty Stadium club. Five games remain after Saturdays fixture to Bournemouth and who would bet against the in form striker from reaching in excess of 30 goals?

AFC Bournemouth Team News:

Kevin Bond has further on the field worries with a extensive injury list.

Darren Anderton is back after injury and could feature for the cherries.Bond will however be without midfeilders Danny Hollands and Marvin Bartley. Hollands is out with a calf problem whilst Bartley has a knee problem.

Neil Young,Russ Perrett,Neil Moss, Gareth Stewart and Steven Foley round off the list.

Player to watch: Sam Vokes

The Cherries Welsh Ace:

Many a scout has graced Dean Court to take a look at AFC Bournemouth`s young welsh ace Sam Vokes. The Lymington born Striker Vokes has proved one shining lights is a very tumultuous season at the Dorset club. If the Cherries do not survive the drop Vokes will be undoubtedly sold to bring some much needed revenue into the club.

With 11 goals so far this season the striker could be a pivotal figure in that fight against relegation and will prove a handful to the Swansea defence.

Match Facts & Stats



The Form Book(based on previous 5 results)

Swansea City

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AFC Bournemouth
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Ref Watch:

Referee: Mark Haywood
Assistant Officials :R Hendley and A D Sainsbury
Fourth Official:J Flynn
Mark Haywood is the man in the middle for Saturday`s game at home to Bournemouth; Haywood who is based in Yorkshire has officiated a mammoth 31 games this season and has brandished 63 yellow cards and dismissed 3 players from the field of play.

Match Prediction:

Vital Swansea predicts a 3-0 win for Swansea City.

Click here to predict the score

Next Fixtures:

Carlisle United vs Swansea City
Coca Cola League One
Brunton Park
8th April 2008
7.45pm KO




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Date:Wednesday April 2 2008

Time: 6:57PM

Your Comments

Come on Huddersfield, help make our Dreams a reality
cyjax
we'll try our best lol! btw, two words to keep in mind while thinking of Town- ALAN SHEARER! ;D
real giant terrier
huddersfield are awsum at home just win 1 more game
mumblesjack98
Our confidence will be sky high after Tuesday's game. A vintage performance by the Swans coming up.
welshboy78
put your put your hands up for swansea city "dududududu"
mumblesjack98
tough game but we'll win. pratley says lets get the job done asap. can't wait should be a cracker.
GThomas
cant wait to go to the match tomorrow should be a corker
clydach-jack
it won't be easy for us and I can't see us getting an early goal, we don't start games very well these days. I'm confident of a win though.
KevinE
All we can do is win our game. Lets forget about Donny until we have 3 points in the bag.
welshboy78
im ment to be going to london with my girlfreind but i said you go im going 2 the swanz
mumblesjack98
cant wait
mumblesjack98
 

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