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Posted Thu 16 Apr 15

Match Preview: Leicester City vs. Swansea City

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Saturday’s King Power stadium clash with Swansea City presents Nigel Pearson’s Leicester City an opportunity to move off the foot of the Barclays Premier League table for the first time since November. 

With 19th-placed Queens Park Rangers not in action over the weekend, the Foxes could leapfrog them with a draw, but they will most definitely be targeting a win that could narrow the three-point gap to safety. 

Indeed if results go in their favour, a win by three goals could even lift them out of the bottom three entirely, but the Foxes will just be focused on making it three straight wins – building on successes over West Ham and West Brom in their previous two. 

There aren’t too many injury concerns for the Foxes going into the fixture, with only Zoumana Bakayogo (knee) missing after Dean Hammond and Matt Upson returned to training. 

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Garry Monk’s Swansea City will head to King Power Stadium targeting a new record Premier League points tally at the expense of the Foxes. 

The Swans equalled their best-ever total of 47 points from 2012 last time out with a 1-1 draw against Everton, but will now be motivated to make the record their own and crown a magnificent season.

In the reverse meeting at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea came out on top with a 2-0 victory courtesy of a Wilfried Bony double. The Ivory Coast striker has since departed for Manchester City but the Swans remain in good shape – beating Hull City, Aston Villa and Burnley in their last six. 

There are several injury concerns going into the game for Swansea. Having already lost former Fox Kyle Naughton to an ankle injury, they are now without left-back Neil Taylor (suspension), leaving Angel Rangel as the only recognised full-back. Elsewhere Bafetimbi Gomis (hamstring) is a doubt, as is fellow striker Nelson Oliveira (foot). In midfield Tom Carroll (ankle) is out after getting injured on England U21s duty and winger Jefferson Montero (hamstring) may miss out. 
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Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson said of his side’s performance against West Brom last time out: “It needed to be [fearless]. When you’re in a situation like this, the players have got to have the freedom in their own minds to go out and play. 

“There’s no point at this stage in the season going out there and coming off the field with regrets. 

“It’s a lot easier to swallow a bad result if you’ve given everything. 

“But if you give away points because you’ve not applied yourself well enough, then that’s hard to take. I think our second half performance is significant for that alone.” 
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Swansea City boss Garry Monk said after the 1-1 draw with Everton: “I think a point was probably the fair result for both teams. There wasn’t too many really good chances, other than a few from long range. 

“But we showed great character to get back into the game and maybe could have won it on another day. 

“We were dominant for the first half an hour, controlled the game well and looked the likely team to score. 

“Bafe going off affected us and we conceded a goal, where we made a few positional mistakes. But then, apart from five minutes at the start of the second half, we put Everton under sustained pressure and got the goal back. 
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City wins: 14 
Draws: 8 
Swansea wins: 9 

Last Three Meetings 
Swansea City 2-0 Leicester City 
Barclays Premier League 
Saturday 25 October, 2014 
Goals: Bony 34, 57 

Leicester City 2-1 Swansea City 
Championship 
Monday 3 January, 2011 
Goals: Berner 6, Vassell 42; Sinclair 12 

Swansea City 2-0 Leicester City 
Championship 
Saturday 23 October, 2010 
Goals: Emnes 50, Sinclair 90 
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At the heart of Swansea City’s midfield is powerful and promising England international Jonjo Shelvey – a player who has proven key to their fortunes on many occasions. 

The 23-year-old first burst onto the scene with Charlton in 2008, where his breakthrough displays for the Addicks caught the attentions of Liverpool, who swooped for his services in 2010. 

A loan spell at Blackpool followed before Swansea made their move for the midfielder in 2013 for a reported fee of £5 million, and he has since gone on to establish himself as a regular in Monk’s side. 

Not only is Shelvey a commanding and imposing presence in the centre of midfield, but he also carries a goal threat with his long range shooting ability, meaning the Foxes will need to keep a close watch.
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