The Opposition: Swansea City

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This season represents the sixth consecutive campaign in the top flight for Swansea.

It’s a remarkable achievement by a side that were written off before they kicked a ball in the Premier League.

Much like Stoke, they have improved every season- although they had a wobble last year before Francesco Guidolin came on board.

Guidolin has now been named permanent manager and he has brought in a couple of new faces this week.

Like a number of Premier League clubs, Swansea’s aim is to not be left behind by their mid-table rivals, and it’s crucial the likes of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Bafetemi Gomis are kept at the club.

Alan Curtis remains a first team coach at the club, and I feel it’s important someone who knows the club from top to bottom is still around. Swansea’s recent history has been checkered at best, and they must not lose sight of the importance of staying in the top flight.

They should be fine over the course of the season to campaign their streak to seven consecutive campaigns.

Memorable match: Stoke 2-1 Swansea. 19 October 2014. A controversial match at the Brit is best remembered for Garry Monk’s accusations of Victor Moses’ dive. Stoke were losing when Moses fell in the box, allowing Charlie Adam to equalise. That goal set it up perfectly for Jonathan Walters to head home a winner in front of the Boothen End, leaving Lukasz Fabianski clutching at thin air.

2016-17 Fixtures: 29 October (H), 22 April (A).

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