Date:Friday August 22 2008
23rd August 2008
Swansea City will be looking to make it two wins in two games tomorrow as they face Plymouth at Home Park.
Roberto Martinez`s side will be confident mood following last week`s 3-1 home win against Nottingham Forest.
Plymouth meanwhile are still in search for their first League win after drawing 2-2 against Wolves and losing 2-0 away at Reading.
The match will kick off a few hours later than usual, at 5:20pm, as the game is to be screened live on Sky Sports. Swansea City fans seem confident of a win, in a recent site poll, 80% voted we`d get 3 more points this weekend.
Plymouth Argyle Manager: Paul Sturrock:
'They (Swansea) pass the ball to death.
'If we don't handle that they will run over the top of us.
They have got some good players and I expect them to be in this league at the end of the season.'
'Plymouth have been unlucky in the first three results but we know they are very strong,'
'They really want to get a result and it's probably the wrong time to play them, but we're looking forward to it.'
'We are progressing and you can see slowly that we are sharpening things up on the pitch and that's what we need, especially in August,'
'The platform is there to be able to perform on a consistent basis - that's the next challenge.
'We need to be ourselves and that's going to be the hardest thing this season.'
David McNamee is in contention for a return tomorrow afternoon after showing no reaction to a hamstring injury. He came on as a sub during the 2-0 defeat against Reading following his return from the injury that has kept him out of the first 2 games this season.
Goalkeeper Romain Larrieu should be available as back-up to number one Graham Stack despite having a slight groin strain.
The Swans look set to face former striker Rory Fallon who is likely to be named in the Pilgrims` starting line-up tomorrow. The Kiwi forward has scored 1 goal in 2 games this year.
Gary Sawyer is also still out with a hamstring injury.
The former Swan will be looking to impress against his former club and also to add to his goalscoring tally for the season.
Roberto Martinez can name an unchanged side from last week if he wants with no new injury worries to report. Angel Rangel will be battling with Matty Collins for a starting place and declaring himself fit this week.
The Swansea boss is likely to stay with his 4-5-1 formation and this will mean Jason Scotland and Gorka Pintado battle to head our attack.
Bessone is our only player on the sidelines, he is currently struggling with a broken rib but could return within 3 weeks.
Pintado impressed last week after coming off the bench against Nottingham Forest. He Scored a superb goal and surely now he's worthy of a starting place.
Swansea City`s last win away at Plymouth was nearly 10 years ago in November 1998 when we beat them 2-1 in League 2. Since then, we`ve played another 5 times, with Plymouth winning 4 and the Swans winning 1 at home.
Despite their slow start to the season, Plymouth remain unbeaten in their last 3 games at home. They`ve won only once in the last 6, losing 3 and drawing 2.
The Pilgrims are slightly ahead on head-to-head meetings. Plymouth have 32 wins against the Swans compared to our 29, with 17 draws.
Plymouth did the double over us in the 2001/02 season with a 3-1 win at home and a 1-0 victory at the Vetch Field.
The squad's confidence will be boosted following last week's win but despite Plymouth's slow start to the season, it won't be an easy game. Sturrock's side will be eager to get their first win but I think we have the quality to make it 2 wins in 2.
Swans to win narrowly 2-1
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