Match Preview: Swansea vs Manchester United – Premier League Matchweek 2

       

Build up to the match
After thumping West Ham United 4-0 on opening day, overwhelming favourites Manchester United will be keen to continue the good start to their campaign with another win when they visit Welsh giants Swansea City. The Reds are surely eager to show the world they are once again ready to challenge for the title since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson five years ago and a win against the Swans will be a step in that direction.

The Welsh side, however, will be keen to prove their mettle against the big boys by defeating United on their home soil. It should be noted that Swansea have only lost twice against the Reds in their last five league matches. As such, Swansea will be fairly confident they have the chance to win.

Match Information
Kickoff: Saturday, 19 August 2017, 12:30PM England time
Venue: Liberty Stadium

Team News
Swansea have just lost powerful playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson after the Iceland international moved to Everton a few days ago and as such will have less firepower up front. They will also be without the services of Nathan Dyer, Fernando Llorente, and Sung-Yeung Ki, all of whom are nursing injuries.

       

Manchester United find themselves a bit short on defenders, with Luke Shaw and Ashley Young both injured. Centre-back Marcos Rojo is also out with an injury.

Form
Swansea City
D-W-D-W-W-D (in all competitions)

The Swans come into this game undefeated in their opening season friendlies and fresh from a valiant draw against a fighting Southampton during opening day. Needless to say, Swansea have every chance to clinch a worthwhile result against their larger opponents come Saturday.

Manchester United
W-L-W-W-L-W (in all competitions)

Manchester United kicked off their Premier League in style with a massive 4-0 win against West Ham and it appears they are on track to keep their winning start to the season during their trip to Wales. Provided they stick to their attacking strengths and not maintain useless possession, United are firm favourites to walk out of Liberty Stadium as winners.

Trivia and Stats
Swansea are unbeaten in their last six Premier League matches, winning four and drawing two.
The Swans have won their last three home games in the Premier League.
Manchester United are unbeaten in 28 of their last 30 league matches.
The Reds have scored in their last 12 league matches against Swansea.
The two sides have an even score in their last five league encounters, with 2 wins each, their last meeting ending in a draw.

Saturday, 19 August, 2017
       

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