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Leicester City vs. Swansea City

Walkers Stadium

3rd January 2011

3pm

Preview: Leicester City vs Swansea City

Swansea City will be looking to end the festive period with a third consecutive win as they travel to Leicester City on Bank Holiday Monday (3pm).

The Foxes have experienced a steady rise up the table since Sven Goran Eriksson has come in and replaced former Swans manager Paulo Sousa as they're now just 4 points away from a play-off spot in 14th place - which proves what a closely competitive League the Championship is.

A win for the Swans would complete the double over Leicester after Emnes and Sinclair scored in our 2-0 win back in October.

The Foxes will prove to be a tough test for Rodgers' side tomorrow as Eriksson is still yet to experience a home defeat since he took over at the Walkers' Stadium on October 3rd 2010.

Vital Quotes:

Sven-Goran Eriksson:

'We look forward to Monday and to facing a good Swansea side. I am sure that the supporters will come out in their numbers again and I thank those that came to Hull today, they were magnificent.'

Brendan Rogers:

'Our job now is to chase the club (QPR) in front of us. We don't want to be second, we want to be first.

'The race is still on to get to the very top, but there's a long journey ahead of us and we must remain focused.

'It's not how you fall, it's how you get up that counts,''

'To win our last two games with clean sheets shows the courage and bravery in the group because some teams could have crumbled.

Leicester City Team News:

Leicester City have new signing Ben Mee available following his loan move from Manchester City. Sol Bamba isn't available though as he is still awaiting international clearance.

Greg Cunningham is sidelined after suffering a broken leg in yesterday's win at Hull.

Player to watch: Darius Vassell

The former England striker proved his worth with a fine goal at the KC Stadium, and is once again out to prove Eriksson of his value down the middle.

The Swede has favoured a bigger man to lead the attack for the Foxes since taking over the reins, but Vassell's two strikes for the club have both arrived in the absence of Steve Howard and Roman Bednar.

Swansea City Team News:

Alan Tate is still suspended but Brendan Rodgers may be forced into one change at the back as Neil Taylor was forced off during yesterday's home win against Reading. Orlandi is also a doubt as he too went off with an injury.

Albert Serran is most likely to start at full back in place of Taylor.

After only playing yesterday, Rodgers is sure to make a few more changes to his starting line-up. The likes of Beattie, Gower, Agustien, Easter and Cotterill will be hoping to be involved again.

Player to watch: Nathan Dyer

The little winger has outperformed his opposite number Scott Sinclair in recent games with his pace and skill. He played 'out of his skin' against Barnsley with an amazing performance, causing them no end of problems down the right flank. His lack of confidence in front of goal is still a problem as he proved against Reading. Sinclair is also in need of a goal.

Match Facts & Stats

Leicester haven't lost at home since September, when QPR beat them when Sousa was still in charge.

Swansea City have won their last 2 games, both 1-0, which puts them up to 2nd for the first time this season.

Leicester's last home win was on December 11th, a thumping 5-1 win against Doncaster.

Match Prediction:

Leicester 1-1 Swansea.

Next Fixtures:

Saturday, 8 January 2011, The FA Cup
Swansea v Colchester
3pm

Saturday, 15 January 2011
Swansea v Crystal Palace
12:45pm




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