Mid-table Swansea will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they welcome winless Reading to the Liberty Stadium.
Following an impressive start to the season that saw eight goals shipped past QPR and West Ham and a draw with Sunderland, the Swans have stuttered in recent weeks going down to Aston Villa, Everton and Stoke City in their last three game. The goals have also dried up during their losing run with 7 goals conceded and nothing in the “for” column.
Despite the dip in form boss Michael Laudrup was unworried ahead of the clash with the Premier League newcomers.
“No goals, no points has to be taken seriously but you have to keep a balance. If you talk too much about something then sometimes you go on the pitch over-motivated,” Laudrup said.
“After three defeats obviously there is less confidence but it is still only the seventh game in the league, it does not finish after this weekend.
“This is a long road and it’s one game on that road.”
Reading meanwhile has been on an onward curve in recent weeks with an impressive away win over QPR in the Capital one cup followed up by an equally impressive draw with Newcastle last weekend.
The recent form has coincided with the introduction of summer signing Adrian Mariappa in to the team and the Jamaican defender is sure that a first win of the season is not too far away.
“If we can keep the performances up and keep performing how we did in the last few games I’m sure we will pick up the points” the 25 year old told reporters ahead of the game.
Swansea will be without Kemy Agustien due to calf injury while they will be hoping that defender Ashley Williams is fit to take his place in the back line against Southampton. The defender is struggling with a bout of illness and if he can’t take his place Michael Laudrup will turn to Alan Tate or veteran Garry Monk to take his place.
Reading meanwhile will continue to be without Adam Federici as he struggles with a knee injury while Jason Roberts should feature from the bench after making his comeback in the draw with Newcastle last weekend.
Prediction: Reading won’t get a better chance to get three points on the board, the Royals are improving as a Premier League outfit with each game while Swansea will be low on confidence following a poor recent run. However with the home support behind them they will be keen to get back to winning ways. A draw would be a good result for either side at the moment and that would appear the likely outcome.
Ones to watch:
Leon Britton: The 30 year old is set to make his 400th appearance for the club and what better way than a winning goal to celebrate the landmark. The Welsh side’s version of Xavi has been a real servant for the club and deserves his day in the limelight tomorrow.
Jimmy Kebe: The French born winger cum striker scored his first goal of the season last weekend against Newcastle after missing the opening weeks of the season. The Mali International is an integral part of the Royal’s line up and Brian McDermott will be glad to have the 28 year old back fit.