Swansea will be looking for their only their second win in 10 league games when they welcome top of the table Manchester United to the Liberty stadium on Sunday. Their last win against United came in 1982 when goals from Alan Curtis and Robbie James helped the Swans to a 2-0 win.
The arrival of Michael Laudrup has taken Swansea up another level from their impressive debut season last year. The Danish legend has guided the club into the top half of the table not to mention the semi finals of the Carling Cup.
Having made his name as a player and manager in Spain, Laudrup has used his La Liga contacts to add quality to the Swansea team in the shape of Chico, Jonathan de Guzman and the league’s surprise of the season so far Michu.
However he will need all his tactical and managerial nous if he is to get a result against United. The free scoring Red Devils have hit the back of the net 43 times so far in 17 games, an average of 2.52 per game.
While 24 of those goals have come from Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez United are the Premier League’s top side when it comes to sharing the goal scoring responsibility with 15 players finding the net so far.
Swansea have earned a reputation in recent season as the Premier League’s top tika taka possession based side however United were the only team to boast 50% or more possession against them last season.
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Points are awarded for positive events such as goals, assists, clean sheets, length of time on the field and for winning while you lose points for shots off target, yellow cards, red cards and losing.
To make your task even easier, we have picked some players that we think will have a big bearing on events on Saturday.
Fantasy5live Three to pick:
Robin Van Persie:
The former Arsenal striker has continued last season’s fine form in to the 2012/2013 campaign and with 12 goals in 17 games so far sits joint top of the Premier League scoring charts. RVP Averages .71 goals a game and his 12 goals have come from 59 shots. The Dutchman is proving equally adept at creating and also contributed 5 assists so far.
The surprise package and bargain of the season so far, Michu has matched the efforts of Van Persie so far averaging .71 goals a game or 12 in 17. The Spaniard’s goals have come from 10 less shots than RVP, 49 although his creative side is not as good as the Dutchman’s with just one assist. Despite being more of an attacking midfielder the former Rayo Vallecano also scored 15 goals in La Liga last season and his form has attracted the interest of Liverpool and Arsenal.
From main striker to main creator, Rooney has had to adjust more than most to the arrival of RVP. Rooney scored 27 goals and assisted four last season in his best ever Premier League campaign. So far this season Rooney has scored 7 times in 13 games from 44 shots, an average of .54 a game. The England man has almost doubled his assist tally for the season with 7 so far this season. His partnership with RVP continues to grow and has to the potential to be one of the best the Premier League has ever seen.
Worth a punt:
Jonathan de Guzman: Has scored two goals and assisted four in 14 starts for Swansea this season. The Canadian born 25 year old has settled in well into life in Wales following his season long loan move from Villareal.
Javier Hernandez: Has been living in the shadow of Rooney and RVP so far this but is a very capable striker in his own right and has so far managed 5 goals in 3 starts for United.
Two players to avoid:
Angel Rangel: The Spanish defender has earned 7 yellow cards so far this season, an average of .44 a game and the highest in the league so far. Paul Scholes with five yellow cards is no far behind him.
Clean sheets gets you points too and with Nemanja Vidic set to return to the United starting XI, the Red Devils will be confident of keeping just their fourth clean sheet of the season.
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