Swansea City vs Norwich City Preview | Team News, Stats and Key...

Swansea City vs Norwich City Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

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Chris Hughton’s Norwich City side travel to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday in the hope of ending their losing streak away from home, but the Swans will be buoyed by their 2-2 draw against Arsenal on Tuesday night.

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Team News

Garry Monk looks to have most of his squad available for the visit of the Canaries, with only Kyle Bartley out injured; while Leroy Fer, Michael Turner and Elliott Bennett out for Norwich City.

Interesting Statistics

  • Michu has three goals in three games against Norwich City
  • Norwich City have lost their last five away Premier League games; conceding 14 and scoring just four.
  • There have been 22 goals scored in just five Premier League meetings between Norwich and Swansea City.

Key Players

Wilfried Bony and Robert Snodgrass

Other than their historic Capital One Cup victory, another achievement for Michael Laudrup was being able to bring in an established goal-scorer to Swansea City in Wilfried Bony, a striker that a host of Premier League clubs could do with this season, especially the London clubs Chelsea, Spurs and Arsenal.

The Ivory Coast international has been sensational for Swansea City this season, scoring 11 goals in 27 Premier League appearances, an excellent return for a striker in his first season in the Premier League; at the age of 25-years old, the former Vitesse striker still has so much potential to fulfil.

Bony is a predator inside and outside of the box, the Swansea City starlet  has fired 71 shots on goal; resulting in a 15% chance conversion rate, a pretty average rate, but when comparing this rate to his clear-cut chance conversion – 47% – it’s clear to see how lethal the striker is when given a real chance to score.

The Swansea City forward is also able to link up the play with his team-mates, creating 21 chances, resulting in two assists and has been dispossessed just 47 times this season.

There hasn’t been much to shout about for the Canaries this season, with the exception of performances from Leroy Fer and Robert Snodgrass.

With Leroy Fer out injured, it’s up to the Scotsman to be the player that Norwich need to create and score goals.

Snodgrass has been that man so far for the Canaries, scoring five goals and creating two goals in the Premier League.

The Norwich midfielder’s ability to dribble past an opponent (25/56 successful dribbles) and cross the ball (225 total crosses) for his strikers seems to be a tactic that Chris Hughton has placed on his wide midfielders.

In 22 Premier League games, Snodgrass has created 55 chances for his side, of which 26 have come from set pieces; resulting in Snodgrass creating a chance every 35 minutes.

If Norwich City is able to get anything from the game on Saturday, they will need to counter the threat of Michu and Wilfried Bony; while making the most of Robert Snodgrass in wide positions.

Prediction: Swansea 3-1 Norwich City 

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