Written by Jamie Barwick
Swansea will be boosted by the potential returns of star strikers Michu and record-signing Wilfried Bony ahead of the Monday night fixture at home to Hull City.
The fixture is the first ever encounter in the top flight between the two and only a mere nine seasons ago both sides met in the basement of English football.
The Swans will be looking for back-to-back home wins following their impressive 3-0 triumph over Newcastle on Wednesday. Hull meanwhile, will be hoping for an improved performance after being swept aside by table-topping Arsenal during the mid-week schedule but face a tough test travelling to The Liberty Stadium.
Much of the success Swansea had last season was down to their home form which seems to have deserted them to an extent this season having only won five times at home in all competitions – albeit it only twice in the league. For the visitors they will need no reminder of their rotten away record which has seen them win once this campaign.
Michael Laurdup may well have one eye on their Thursday night Europa League fixture away at St Gallen and this may be reflected in his team selection. However, expect a strong Swansea side to take to the field despite Alvaro Vazquez’s failure to recover sufficiently from a groin strain. Steve Bruce will have Curtis Davies at his disposal once again after the defender served his one game suspension against the Gunners.
Just 10 seasons ago, these sides met in the fourth tier of English football. Leon Britton featured in one of those two games for Swansea.
Hull City have won three and lost none of the last four league meetings with Swansea.
No team has benefitted from more own goals than Swansea this season (4) while two of their last five goals have come via the opposition.
Hull City have won just one of their last 31 Barclays Premier League away games (W1 D7 L23).
The Tigers have lost five of their last seven Premier League games overall (W2).
No player has hit the woodwork more than Jake Livermore this season (three times, level with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge).
The Swans have picked up more yellow cards for dissent (7) than any other team this season.
Swansea average 59.2% possession this season - higher than any other club - while only three teams have a lower figure than Hull (43.3%).
The Swans’ Spanish forward Michu has gone five Premier League games without a goal – his worst run in the competition is six games (Dec 2012 – Feb 2013).
In his first 18 Premier League games Michu scored 13 goals, but has managed only seven in the subsequent 27 matches.