Preview: Swansea City vs Leicester City
23rd October 2010
Sven Goran-Eriksson visits the Liberty Stadium tomorrow afternoon and the Swede will be looking to maintain his promising start at Leicester City.
The Swans could have been up against former manager Paulo Sousa this weekend, but the Foxes sacked him after a dismal start to the campaign. Instead, we'll have an unlikely figure standing on the touchline, former England and Manchester City boss Sven Goran-Eriksson.
Brendan Rodgers' side haven't scored in the last two home games but they've picked up two decent points against good opposition - Derby County and QPR - two teams competing in the top 7 places.
You could say that it's not the best time to play Leicester - a side who are on the up following the arrival of a new manager, while just a few weeks ago they were struggling for form - winning just 1 game in 11 before Sousa's sacking.
'Sven is a man with great experience at club and international level.
'He's got an excellent track record and it will be great to pit my wits against someone of that calibre.'
'Yes, it was very important but it will be difficult again on Saturday at Swansea of course. I know that they play well, they move the ball quickly, they have pace, good wide players and they are a good team.'
'It was 40 minutes before Leeds had their first shot and that's very good from our point of view.
'I'm happy for the players and the club. If we can keep playing football like we did last night I think the future is good.'
Swansea City Team News:
Brendan Rodgers is unlikely to make many changes to the side that drew 0-0 with QPR in midweek. Mark Gower is out for four months and after a good second half performance on Tuesday, Joe Allen is most likely to start tomorrow.
New loan signing Marvin Emnes is likely to be on the subs bench once again as he awaits to make his Swansea City debut.
Rodgers has no other injury concerns for Leicester City's visit.
Player to watch: Scott Sinclair
Our top scorer didn't impress like he usually does against QPR on Tuesday but the League leaders did well to limit the wingers' threat during the game.
Despite that, the £500,000 signing has been nothing less than superb in every other game he has played in and he'll be eager to impress again tomorrow.
Leicester City Team News:
New signing, left back Greg Cunningham looks set to go straight into the side for Saturday's game.
Paul Gallagher (back) is sidelined but Lloyd Dyer is expected to make a return. New signing Darius Vassell is unlikely to feature though due to a lack of match fitness.
Player to watch: Curtis Davies
From Vital Leicester:
The Aston Villa loanee has already delighted City fans with two superb displays at the heart of defence, and could prove to be key to the team's successes tomorrow.
Eriksson will hope that his one-month loan spell can be extended soon to maintain City's defensive fortunes in their bid for success.
Match Facts & Stats
Leicester City are unbeaten in the last 3 games since Eriksson took over, winning 2 and drawing 1.
The Swans are still unbeaten at home this season, and have drawn the last two games 0-0 at the Liberty Stadium.
Leicester City win the head-to-head battles 13 to 7, the two teams have drawn 8 games.
Last season, the Swans were 1-0 winners against the Foxes at home, thanks to a Gorka Pintado goal.
Leicester won their first away game on Tuesday, beating Leeds United 2-1.
Another tough game on Saturday and Leicester City are experiencing a big improvement in form ever since they changed their manager. Their players will of course be looking to impress their new boss as well as continuing their recent run of good results. The Swans are a confident side at home though, still unbeaten and with a full strength side we can get a vital win. SWANS TO WIN 2-1
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