Swansea City vs Plymouth Argyle
10th March 2009
After three consecutive draws, Swansea City go into tomorrow night's game thinking a win is a must if we want to finish in the top 6 this season.
Martinez has a set a target of 21 points in the remaining 10 games but we'll need to start winning our home games again if we're to meet his targets.
Plymouth Argyle will arrive at the Liberty Stadium on the back of a 4-match unbeaten run, which includes a 2-2 draw at home to Reading, an impressive 1-0 away win against table toppers Wolves and a 2-2 draw at Sheffield United.
The Swans could be up against a former player on Tuesday night, although striker Rory Fallon has only featured on the bench lately for the Home Park club.
'It's probably the wrong time to play them [Plymouth] again. In the last few weeks we've been playing teams on good moments of form.
'But you can't pick and choose. Obviously Plymouth, they're unbeaten in four - they've won two and drawn two of the last four - played against top sides as well.
'They got a phenomenal result against Wolves away from home so we know it's going to be tough.
'They've got a good blend of experience and youth now in their line-up so we'll have to be on top of our game, but it's an exciting game to look forward to.'
Plymouth manager Paul Sturrock:
'If you had said that we would be four unbeaten after playing three of the top sides then I would have taken it.
'Now the work starts again in building on it with two away games in the next week, at Swansea and then Norwich.
'We are not out of the mire yet but we are certainly better off than we were a few weeks ago.'
Swansea City Team News:
Roberto Martinez is unlikely to welcome back Garry Monk to the starting line-up as he still remains a doubt with a back injury.
Full back Fede Bessone is available again and could feature on the bench. He wasn't available for the trip to Nottingham Forest on Saturday as he suffered a groin injury in a Reserves match last week.
Other than that, Martinez has no fresh injury concerns to worry about and could the same side if he wants to. The gaffer has been resting a few players lately due to the amount of games we play in a short period, he's likely to make one or two more tomorrow.
Player to watch: Jordi Gomez
He showed superb class and skill to give us the opening goal at Forest on Saturday. Lifting the ball over a defender to Bauza, who then assisted Scotland's 60th minute strike. Sometimes he can perform average for his standards but can still score a few goals or create something vital to us getting a good result.
Plymouth Argyle Team News:
The Swans will be hoping that Plymouth striker Paul Gallagher misses the game after picking up a knock during Saturday's 2-2 draw at Reading. He's the club's top goalscorer with 12 League strikes this season and will be a threat if he does play.
Rory Fallon could get a chance to return to the starting line-up to face his former team-mates if Gallagher isn't fit to play.
Defender Craig Cathcart is also a doubt with a groin injury, so Krisztian Timar could get his chance in the first team.
Player to watch: Paul Gallagher
As already mentioned, their top scorer is in form lately and has 12 goals to his name so far. He's scored 4 goals in his last 3 games.
Match Facts & Stats
Head to Head: Swansea wins - 30, Draws - 17, Plymouth wins 32.
Swansea City last beat Plymouth Argyle at home 1-0 in the season that John Hollins' side won the Division 3 title in the 1999/2000 season. In the same season, we also beat them away, yes the scoreline was also 1-0, hardly surprisingly.
Plymouth have played 18 games away, winning 5, drawing 5 and losing 8.
The Pilgrims have won once in their last 5 games away from home, drawing 2 and losing 2.
Swansea City are playing against a side who've had plenty of ups and downs this season. They started well but are now in a relegation fight. They look good to avoid the drop, going undefeated in the last 4 and picking up points against Wolves and Reading. With 3 draws in a row now, Swansea City have to get back to winning ways and hopefully we'll get back to our performing best tomorrow night. Prediction: A hard-fought 2-1 Swansea win.
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