Swansea City v Hull City

19 Aug

Hull's Robert Snodgrass


Last weekend, Hull’s Robert Snodgrass scored his first Premier League goal since April 2014

TEAM NEWS

Swansea’s club-record signing Borja Baston is out with a leg muscle injury, while Neil Taylor will not feature after his late start to pre-season.

Gylfi Sigurdsson could return to the starting line-up, while Ki Sung-yueng is also available, but Leon Britton is doubtful because of illness.

Hull could once again have just 13 senior players available.

Defender Harry Maguire returns to the squad following a foot injury, although this game may come too soon for him.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Tony Husband: “‘Summertime and the livin’ is easy’, sang Ella Fitzgerald, and that certainly rings true with Swansea.

“They’re unbeaten in their last eight Premier League fixtures in August and will be confident of making it two wins from two in their opening home game.

“After the chaos of their pre-season, Hull now have history in their sights – the Tigers have never won their first two matches of a Premier League campaign.

“I was struck by the unity of the squad – what’s left of it – in the win over Leicester last week. That can mask the problems behind the scenes, but for how long?”

Twitter: @TonyHusbandBBC

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Swansea City head coach Francesco Guidolin on losing key players Ashley Williams and Andre Ayew: “I was used to this at [previous club] Udinese. Every year we changed a lot of players, the best go, the young players arrive.

“I am used to working in this way. I was happy last season, at the moment it is the same with this group.

“It is different, but I am happy. There is a good feeling between me and my players.”

Hull City caretaker manager Mike Phelan on their lack of signings: “We face another game with the same group of players.

“I mentioned last week that it could have been a big week this week but not a lot has happened.

“Everything gets tighter and tighter and the days are ticking away.”

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LAWRO’S PREDICTION

Hull’s win over Leicester was probably the performance of the weekend – it was just fantastic, but I think it might have been a one-off.

Swansea were also winners but I am still waiting to see what their regular team is going to be.

I don’t have that problem with the Tigers, because they have so few fit senior players. Until the takeover of the club is completed, they are going to remain short there.

Prediction: 2-1

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MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Swansea have never lost to Hull at the Liberty Stadium, winning two of four encounters in all competitions.
  • The Swans won both meetings during Hull’s last season in the Premier League in 2014-15, although the Tigers beat them in the League Cup 13 months ago.

Swansea City

  • The Swans are unbeaten in five home matches since losing to Southampton on 13 February (W4, D1).
  • Swansea are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games played in the month of August (W6, D2).
  • Since Francesco Guidolin took charge of his first Premier League game with Swansea in January 2016, the Swans have won 28 points – more than Arsenal (27), West Ham (26) and Manchester City (25).

Hull City

  • Hull City have never won their opening two matches in a top-flight season. The last time they began a league season with two wins was in 2004-05, when they were in the third tier.
  • Last weekend the Tigers became the first team to win a Premier League game without making a substitution since Manchester United against Liverpool in February 2012.
  • Hull also won on the opening day of their last Premier League campaign in 2014-15 (beating QPR 1-0) but they went on to win just one of their following 16 league matches.
  • The Tigers scored only 22 goals in 23 away games in last season’s Championship (excluding the play-offs). Only seven teams scored fewer on the road in the second tier.

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