Aston Villa-Swansea City Preview

LONDON (SE) – Aston Villa will be looking to recover immediately

from a defeat against Tottenham when they face Swansea City at the

Liberty Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Villa lost 2-0 at White Hart Lane on Monday and never looked

close to dealing with a Spurs side who racked up over 70 percent of

possession.

“We never laid a glove on Spurs. It was a poor performance,”

admitted Villa manager Alex McLeish. “We stood off them. It was all

half-hearted kind of challenges as opposed to really believing in

themselves.

“We’ve got to get rid of that side of things and make sure that

doesn’t happen again. While it is no disgrace to lose to a team

like Tottenham, we are certainly a lot better than that. There were

a few individual performances which were so unlike these guys and

we will see what the reaction is on Sunday. I’m looking for a big

reaction.”

Despite a number of defensive injuries, hosts Swansea have

impressed this season and go into the Premier League weekend just

two points behind top eight side Aston Villa. The Swans are in 13th

place on 13 points.

Swansea have picked 11 of those 13 points at home and goalkeeper

Michel Vorm is confident of that run continuing.

“We have played some good matches and conceded only two goals,”

said Vorm. “Aston Villa are of course a good team, but a team we

can beat.

“With everything and everyone so close we need the points and of

course they need the points also. At home I think we can beat

everybody and I think on Sunday we are going to win this match

also.”

Swansea’s injury crisis is easing, but Alan Tate remains out

with a broken leg and Steven Caulker (knee) is doubtful after a

lengthy absence. However, Joe Allen is expected to return to the

midfield having featured as a substitute in the 1-0 home loss

against Manchester United. Villa will be without Nathan Delfouneso

(hamstring), while Stiliyan Petrov and Chris Herd are both

doubts.

Swansea and Aston Villa haven’t met since 1983, with the Swans

coming out 2-1 winners. Sunday’s hosts have given away 94 fouls

this season, less than any other top-flight team, while their

record of two goals conceded at home is also a league best. The

defeat to Manchester United brought to an end a run of 13 home

league games without defeat. Villa have dropped nine points from

winning positions this season – a league high – and only Stoke have

a worse percentage of shots on target (36).