Unbeaten streak returns

Friday 23rd November 2012 22:11

Michu: back among the goals

Michu: back among the goals

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Swansea FanZoner Sion Cleaver is hoping their fine run of form can continue for as long as possible.

Swansea regain their early season confidence

After an extremely shaky two months, Swansea have finally found their way back onto an unbeaten streak, with the Jacks not having lost a first-team game since their narrow defeat at Manchester City back in October.

Away victories over Newcastle and Liverpool as well as draws against Chelsea and Southampton have boosted the confidence of a Michael Laudrup side which has struggled with injuries in recent months.

Swansea's performance on the road at St James' Park last Saturday was a flash of the passing and tactical excellence that the Welsh outfit displayed in their start of the season romps over West Ham and bottom of the table QPR.

The attacking combination of Michu and Pablo Hernandez up front is beginning to pay off, the latter set up the Swans' 58th minute opener against Newcastle, with attacking midfielder Jonathan de Guzman doubling his side's lead three minutes from time.

The Liberty Stadium outfit's good form up north wasn't completely down to their offensive duo's performance in front of goal, but also down to the successful offerings of 19-year-old youngster Ben Davies and Israel-born Itay Schechter. Both players held up well against an opposing side with more combined physicality and experience.

If performances continue in the same vein as Saturday's trip to Newcastle, Swansea's clashes against Liverpool, West Brom and Arsenal could potentially provide Laudrup's side with a chance to maximise their points with results over sides that a few weeks ago they would have struggled against.

injury

Back on the fitness front, Swansea's injury woes have been softened a little with the return of Kyle Bartley to full fitness, the 21-year-old suffered a thigh injury in September but is set to make his first start back against Liverpool on Saturday.

Darnell Situ has been ruled out of the rest of the Premier League season however after suffering a ruptured Achilles playing for Swansea's Under 21 team this week.

Liverpool visit the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, the Merseyside outfit have only managed to pick up a win once in their last six outings. The lunchtime kick off is surely to feature a wealth of attacking and passing flamboyance from both sides, but the game is undoubtedly going to be a tight one.

Swansea sit just a place above their English opponents in the Premier League standings, with the Welsh club having collected a point more than the Reds in 12 top-flight outings.

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