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SWANSEA v CITY: OPPOSITION VIEW

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20:00 3rd March 2016

by James Baldwin

SWANSEA CITY
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Nickname: The Swans
Head Coach: Francesco Guidolin
Interim Manager: Alan Curtis
2014-15: 8th
Ground: The Liberty Stadium

CURTIS ON SATURDAY
Alan Curtis says Wednesday night's 2-1 victory over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium will serve as the benchmark for Swansea City's remaining Barclays Premier League games. 

Curtis led the side in the absence of Head Coach Francesco Guidolin, who was taken to hospital earlier in the day suffering with a chest infection.

"We set a standard and now we need to keep it going," explained the former Wales international when talking to the media after the game.

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"Irrespective of the result, we have three big games coming up. We have three massive fixtures against Norwich, Bournemouth and Aston Villa.

"Those matches will probably define our season, so we must build on this. I'm sure it will give him [Guidolin] a bit of a lift, and he should be released on Friday.

"It will depend on how he is feeling whether he will be at the game on Saturday against Norwich."

STAR PLAYER
Poland international Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski's acquisition on a free transfer in the summer of 2014 has proven to be an astute one for Swansea City.

The 30-year-old made the move to Wales in search of first team football following the expiration of his contract at Arsenal - who signed him for just over £2million from Legia Warsaw in 2007.

Fabianski helped guide the Swans to an impressive 8th place finish in the Barclays Premier League last term, producing a string of fine performances in his debut season for the Club.

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Such form was duly recognised by his Swansea colleagues, with the stopper being announced as winner of the Players' Player of the Year Award last May.

While the current campaign has generally been less successful for the Welsh outfit, Fabianski has remained a constant figure with an ever-present record in the top-flight to date.

The Swans' tally of 27 goals scored is the joined-second lowest in the division, highlighting the importance of their defensive efforts which have yielded six clean sheets so far.

LAST TIME OUT
Swansea came from behind to earn a shock 2-1 victory away to title-chasing Arsenal on Wednesday evening to bolster their Barclays Premier League survival bid.

The hosts took the lead with 15 minutes played through Joel Campbell, but were unable to press home the advantage despite some significant first half pressure.

Arsenal were made to pay for such profligacy just past the half-hour mark, when Wayne Routledge rounded off a swift counter from midfield by side-footing home. 

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That ensured parity at the interval, with the Gunners again creating the majority of the chances after the restart only to lack the clinical finish required. 

Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez both struck the woodwork, while at the other end Glyfi Sigurdsson spurned a decent opportunity having rounded goalkeeper Petr Cech.

Sigurdsson made full amends little over 15 minutes remaining however, with his free-kick being diverted into the net by Swans captain Ashley Williams to secure all three points for the visiting Welsh side.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Lukasz Fabianski, Kristoffer Nordfeldt

Defenders: Jordi Amat, Neil Taylor, Ashley Williams (c), Angel Rangel, Kyle Naughton, Kyle Bartley, Liam Shephard, Federico Fernandez, Daniel Alfei, Stephen Kingsley.

Midfielders: Sung-Yueng Ki, Leon Britton, Leroy Fer, Wayne Routledge, Jefferson Montero, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jack Cork, Adam King, Jay Fulton.
 
Attackers: Alberto Paloschi, Andre Ayew, Marvin Emnes, Bafetimbi Gomis, Modou Barrow.

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