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ESPN FC - Swansea City News 21 Sep 20:24

Tammy Abraham denies he's made decision on switching to Nigeria

Tammy Abraham has represented England at under-18, U19 and U21 levels. Tammy Abraham has underlined his commitment to having an international career with England, amid Nigeria's efforts to convince him to switch allegiance. The Nigeria Football Federation revealed earlier on Thursday that Abraham recently met with president Amaju Pinnick, who was also quoted in The Sun as saying the 19-year-old had agreed to play for the Super Eagles. But Abraham refuted that claim, saying in a statement: "Contrary to reports in the media today I would like to clarify that...

Swansea City – teamtalk.com 21 Sep 20:10

Chelsea frontman commits international future to England

Tammy Abraham has underlined his commitment to having an international career with England.

Reports on Thursday suggested the Nigeria Football Federation is hopeful of persuading the England Under-21 international, who qualifies for the African nation through his father, to switch countries.

But the Swansea striker, on loan from Chelsea, is adamant England are the country for him.

In a statement, Abraham said: “Contrary to reports in the media today I would like to clarify that I have not agreed to switch my national team allegiance.

“I can confirm I met the President of the NFF after our last game against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday given he is a friend of my father.

“However, any suggestion that I have made a decision to change my international representation is incorrect and wide of the mark.

“I have informed The FA that I remain available for selection for England.”

His words will be welcomed by club boss Paul Clement, who said he wanted him to stick with England.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Watford, the Swans boss said: “For me, from my point of view, I hope he stays with the English national team.

“I’m not sure he’d be better off career-wise, I’m saying it because I’m English and he’s a good English talent, so you want him involved with your national team.

“Ultimately, it’s the decision of the player. In some cases, they’ll make the choice because they see a better opportunity, a chance of playing more regularly at international level and in other cases, it’s because it’s where they believe they’re from and they want to represent the country where they were born or where their parents were born and it’s in their culture.

“Whatever their reasons are, it’s down to the player to decide.

“The fact that he’s come through the English system, first at Academy level and also playing for the English national teams, I think that puts them at an advantage.”

Abraham, 19, is currently on loan at the Liberty Stadium from Chelsea and has scored two goals in seven appearances.

Clement has been happy with his contribution in South Wales so far, and is confident there is more to come.

He said: “He has made the biggest step of his career. I’m not surprised how he’s done so far, I think he’s done fine and he’s going to get better and better.

“The biggest step in going to the Premier League. You see it so many times, young players making the step and how difficult it is, how difficult it is for foreign players to come over and make that step into this league.

“He’s done lots of good things and he’s done some things where he could have improved, but he’s in a good environment to get the right kind of help. Myself, the coaches work with all our players helping them get better at what they’re not so good at.”

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Swansea City – teamtalk.com 21 Sep 15:34

Sky Sports v BT Sport: Which channel favours your side most?

Manchester United had 54 matches televised last season, the most of any Premier League side in a single campaign over the past five seasons, according to new findings by MoneySuperMarket.

In fact, this is more than six other Premier League clubs have each had over the past five years in total (Bournemouth had 34 games televised in that time, Brighton 52 games, Burnley 46 games, Huddersfield 25 games, Stoke 49 games and West Brom 51 games).

In contrast, the number of Chelsea games on TV has decreased each season, down from 44 in 2012/2013 to 33 in 2016/2017 – a 25% decrease, despite them having won the Premier League title twice in the last three seasons.

These findings come as part of research which examined when and where fans can watch their team on TV. The start of the football season historically sees an above average number of customers taking out sports TV packages, but 2017 has seen an explosion – with a 1,000% increase in people taking out new packages** – due to the great value deals available.

To help fans see where and how often their team’s games have been televised over the past five seasons, MoneySuperMarket has launched a guide on its website. This will enable supporters to choose the right package for them.

The Blues also feature in both of the two most-screened fixtures; Chelsea vs Manchester United and Chelsea vs Manchester City. The both aired 14 times a piece over the past five years, closely and a bit surprisingly followed by West Ham vs Manchester City (13 times).

If you’re after goals, Manchester City are a good bet, – the Citizens have scored the most goals out of anyone, netting 386 goals across 195 games. This is an average of just under two goals a game, the highest rate of any Premier League side.

Thrill-seekers should avoid games featuring Stoke City though – the Potters average less than a goal per televised game (0.94) and they are the only Premier League team to do so.

A table of the total number of televised games each club has had can be found below:

 

A table of the current Premier League sides’ average games per broadcaster can be seen below:

 

Even with BT’s exclusive European football coverage, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are still being shown more often on Sky and this is reflected in the number of live fixtures between the so-called ‘Big Six’.

The Manchester derby has been a Sky exclusive with BT yet to televise a single game between North-West giants and it is a similar story with Manchester United vs Liverpool as Sky have aired 11 out of the last 13 fixtures between the sides.

A table of Big Six fixtures split by broadcaster can be seen below:

Dan Plant, Editor-In-Chief at MoneySuperMarket, said: “Our data shows that the public’s interest in sports-related TV products is at its highest when the new season begins, with 46% of customers making their choices at the start of the season.

“We’ve analysed the games, the goals and ratio of big games across all broadcasters and found that Sky are still airing more games per Premier League team despite BT gaining exclusive rights to European competitions in 2015/2016.

“Year-on-year, BT are closing the gap in regard to number of live games but  the data shows that regardless of who you support, Sky are likelier to televise more of your  team’s matches. Though, fans of Stoke City may prefer to switch off altogether given their team is averaging less than a goal a game when on the box.”

 

For more information, check out the Football Fixtures on TV Index here.

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Swansea City – teamtalk.com 21 Sep 11:21

Paper Talk: Man Utd, Arsenal in Goretzka fight; Mahrez gets warning

Manchester United and Arsenal have entered the race to sign a Schalke midfielder, while PSG striker Edinson Cavani is a target for two Premier League sides, according to Thursday’s newspapers.

PREM DUO ENTER RACE FOR SCHALKE MAN

Manchester United and Arsenal are reportedly among the clubs keen to sign Schalke star Leon Goretzka.

The midfielder is regarded as one of the best young talents in German football after helping the national team lift the Confederations Cup this summer.

As a result, both Liverpool and Manchester City were spoken of as potential destinations for Goretzka, who instead opted to stay in the Bundesliga.

However, the 22-year-old will be out of contract next summer and according to the Daily Express, United and Arsenal have now entered the race for the player.

It is rumoured though that Goretzka prefers a move to Barcelona or Bayern Munich, with reports on Wednesday suggesting that Barca were at the front of the queue for the player.

The Catalan giants view Goretzka as a long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta, while Schalke sporting executive Christian Heidel recently said he hopes to have the player’s future sorted by the time the transfer window opens again in January.

“I’d like to think that by the winter break we will have clarity,” he said.

AND THE REST

Manchester City are closing in on a new deal for Fernandinho, despite negotiations taking longer than expected (The Sun)

Chelsea and Everton are interested in signing PSG forward Edinson Cavani (Daily Mail)

Arsenal are planning a swoop for Marseille defensive prospect Christopher Rocchia (The Sun)

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has ruled out big-money move to French club Paris St-Germain (Daily Express)

Arsenal could make a fresh move for Raheem Sterling in January, with Alexis Sanchez heading to Manchester City in exchange (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham and Liverpool will go head to head in a battle to land 17-year-old German midfielder David Philipp from Werder Bremen (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United and Arsenal are keeping tabs on Fulham’s 16-year-old midfielder Matt O’Riley (Daily Mirror)

Demarai Gray has warned Riyad Mahrez that he is ready to replace him in Leicester’s starting line-up (Daily Mirror)

Fernando Llorente has pleaded for time to settle before Tottenham fans judge him (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has been handed a major boost with £26m centre-back Mamadou Sakho set for Premier League action for the first time this season (Daily Express)

Liverpool are interested in RB Leipzig’s 18-year-old French defender Dayot Upamecano (Daily Star)

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed he tried to sign Graham Dorrans for Swansea as he prepares to face the Rangers star in the first derby showdown of the season (Daily Record)

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Swansea City – teamtalk.com 20 Sep 23:12

Carabao Cup draw goes off without a hitch, but it?s drab

The fourth-round draw for the Carabao Cup was made after last night’s fixtures with the holders Man Utd drawn away at Swansea.

Holders Manchester United will travel to Swansea. Jose Mourinho’s side beat Championship Burton 4-1 at Old Trafford on Wednesday night to secure their place in the draw.

Chelsea, 5-1 winners against Nottingham Forest, will welcome Everton – who beat Sunderland 3-0 – to Stamford Bridge.

Tottenham host London rivals West Ham at Wembley and Manchester City entertain Championship Wolves.

Arsenal will also welcome Championship opposition to the Emirates in the shape of Norwich.

Crystal Palace will be wary of an upset when they travel to Bristol City, Leicester host Leeds and Bournemouth face Middlesbrough at home.

The fourth-round draw took place on familiar turf – and at a reasonable hour – in the Sky Sports studios in west London, rather than its controversial trip to Bangkok or the bizarre decision to hold it in Beijing in the early hours of the morning.

Mercifully, Charlie Nicholas and Phil Thompson also avoided any John Salako-like confusion over who was playing at home or away as they drew out the balls.

The ties will take place during the week commencing October 23.

Full draw:

Leicester v Leeds

Bournemouth v Middlesbrough

Chelsea v Everton

Manchester City v Wolves

Swansea City v Manchester United

Arsenal v Norwich City

Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United

Bristol City v Crystal Palace

 

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Swansea City – teamtalk.com 20 Sep 16:43

The PL?s top creators, finishers, dribblers & more after five games

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ESPN FC - Swansea City News 19 Sep 11:13

Reading 0-2 Swansea: Fiery affair sees Swans through

Swansea came out firing following a half-time scuffle as they secured their spot in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

ESPN FC - Swansea City News 19 Sep 11:04

Alfie Mawson, Jordan Ayew lead Swansea to win at Reading

Reading Swansea City 0 2 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Alfie Mawson and Jordan Ayew struck second-half goals as Swansea progressed to the Carabao Cup fourth round with a comfortable 2-0 win at Reading. Former England Under-21 defender Mawson turned home Renato Sanches' 52nd-minute corner to put the visitors ahead before substitute Ayew rifled in late on to settle an uninspiring contest at a sparsely-populated Madejski Stadium. With Reading aiming to win promotion to the Premier League and Swansea hoping to stay there, both managers made multiple changes...

ESPN FC - Swansea City News 18 Sep 14:45

Swansea striker Wilfried Bony sings his own song for second initiation

After a couple of lean years at Man City and Stoke respectively, Wilfried Bony returned to Swansea on transfer deadline day in a £12 million deal. Two substitute appearances later and the Ivory Coast striker was finally made to perform his second initiation song at the Welsh club. No prizes for guessing what ditty he chose to entertain his teammates with. It was time for @wilfriedbony to sing his initiation song this weekend... �� Can you guess what he sang? �� pic.twitter.com/grwh61BONj - Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) September 18, 2017 Sung to the tune of "Cum On Feel The Noize" by Slade, Bony's chant has proved to be a huge hit at the Swans, most notably with Bony himself. In...

ESPN FC - Swansea City News 16 Sep 21:48

Swansea's defensive display shows the progress made under Clement

Tottenham had another frustrating performance at Wembley as they were held to a scoreless deadlock by Swansea. Tottenham had another frustrating performance at Wembley as they were held to a scoreless deadlock by Swansea. Paul Clement discusses Swansea's unlikely draw with Spurs at Wembley and why their defending should be looked on positively. Mauricio Pochettino adamantly explains Spurs' need to cleanse themselves of last season to focus solely on this campaign. LONDON -- It wasn't pretty to watch, it certainly wasn't exciting and it's highly doubtful that it will remain long in the minds of anyone who was present, but Swansea City's defensive masterclass at Wembley on Saturday evening deserves credit. Up against a Tottenham side that had wreaked havoc upon Borussia Dortmund in midweek, Paul Clement's men defended their goal stoutly and earned their point the hard way. Given how often it is claimed that the art of defending is dead, it would churlish not...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 28 Jun 18:13

Britton signs improved Swansea contract

Midfielder Leon Britton signs an improved one-year deal with Swansea City, with an option for another year.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 28 Jun 17:43

Swansea striker Gomis joins Galatasaray

Turkish side Galatasaray sign striker Bafetimbi Gomis from Swansea City for an undisclosed fee.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 27 Jun 16:59

Swansea close in on 10m midfielder Mesa

Swansea City are in advanced talks to sign Spanish defensive midfielder Roque Mesa for more than £10m from Las Palmas.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 21 Jun 17:46

Swans to sign Chelsea's Abraham on loan

Swansea City are to sign striker Tammy Abraham on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 14 Jun 10:01

Swans at Southampton for season opener

Swansea City's 2017-18 Premier League campaign starts at Southampton on Saturday, 12 August.

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