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ESPN FC - Swansea City News 30 Sep 11:00

Unbeaten Tottenham and Manchester City in Premier League showdown

Sergio Aguero is back in action for Man City and in fine form. Tottenham face Manchester City on Sunday as the remaining two unbeaten sides in the Premier League go head-to-head. Elsewhere, resurgent Arsenal face a trip to Burnley while Manchester United host Stoke, Liverpool travel to Swansea and troubled Chelsea are at Hull.  Predict the results of all the weekend's matches by voting in our match polls. TOTTENHAM: Manchester City have won all six of their Premier League games so far and they are the highest scorers in the top flight with 18 goals. But...

ESPN FC - Swansea City News 29 Sep 17:58

Klopp: We can't push the brakes

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool can't afford to look back on their strong start to the season.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 29 Sep 17:43

Swansea City v Liverpool

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Swansea City and Liverpool.

Swansea City – teamtalk.com 29 Sep 17:35

Guidolin admits he ?could be? sacked without win over Liverpool

Francesco Guidolin has accepted that he may lose his job as Swansea City manager if his side fail to beat Liverpool on Saturday.

Guidolin has come under increasing pressure with Swansea only one place above the relegation zone after failing to win a Premier League game since the opening day of the season.

Ryan Giggs – recently of Manchester United – and former United States boss Bob Bradley have been linked with the Liberty post, with the visit of Liverpool understood to be critical to the Italian’s future.

Asked if he could be out of a job if Swansea fail to beat high-flying Liverpool, Guidolin replied: “It could happen. Maybe.

“It’s not easy (to beat Liverpool). But if we win on Saturday for the period of the international break you don’t speak any more about my position.

“But my position is not important, Swansea’s (league) position is important, and we must get a result.”

Guidolin says he has not sought assurances from chairman Huw Jenkins, who appointed him in January on a temporary basis with Swansea in the bottom three.

The former Parma and Udinese boss steered Swansea to safety with seven wins from 16 games and he was handed a two-year contract in May.

“I spoke to the chairman last week, but I don’t need this,” said Guidolin.

“The most important thing is to work with my players and team on the training ground, to be focused on the next game.

“One of the best things of my experience in the Premier League was to know my players, last season and this season.

“I like it very much and, sometimes when I am worried for my job and our results and our position in the league, meeting them at the training ground is the best moment of the day.

“We can work together. I see them them work with passion and I heard they are behind me. This is important.

“I know this is not a good moment for the team, but we just need to work and get a result. This is football and without a result these words are not important.

“We need to win – it’s clear for me, clear for the chairman, clear for everyone.”

After a timid surrender at Southampton the previous week, Swansea produced an improved showing in losing 3-1 at home to league leaders Manchester City last Saturday.

And Guidolin feels Swansea will test fourth-placed Liverpool – who have scored 16 goals in six games – if they repeat that Liberty performance.

“They have to play free on Saturday, a good game without pressure,” said Guidolin.

“This is my job and I have to speak to my players about this. They have to show their qualities because they are good players and a good team.

“If we play on Saturday against Liverpool the same way as we did against Man City, then we can get a good result.”

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ESPN FC - Swansea City News 29 Sep 17:35

Swansea's Francesco Guidolin accepts his job is on the line vs. Liverpool

Brian McBride and Alexis Nunes react to reports of Bob Bradley being linked to the Swansea City managerial role. Francesco Guidolin accepts he could lose his job as Swansea manager if his side fail to beat Liverpool on Saturday. Guidolin has come under increasing pressure with Swansea only one place above the relegation zone after failing to win a Premier League game since the opening day of the season. Ryan Giggs -- recently of Manchester United -- and former United States boss Bob Bradley have been linked with the Liberty Stadium post, with the visit of Liverpool reportedly critical to the Italian's future. Asked...

ESPN FC - Swansea City News 29 Sep 16:55

Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool will be prepared for 'strong' Swansea test

Swansea square off versus Liverpool, Chelsea travel to Hull and much more in week 7's fixtures. While Swansea went toe-to-toe with Manchester City in the first half, City broke away in the second via a Sergio Aguero brace. Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier believes they stand a chance of Premier League glory under Jurgen Klopp. ESPN FC's Brian McBride assesses Liverpool's start to the 2016/17 season, but can they continue their 'memorable football'? LIVERPOOL -- Jurgen Klopp believes Swansea City's position in the Premier League table does not provide a true reflection of the ability within Francesco Guidolin's side. Liverpool travel to South Wales for Saturday's early kick-off to take on the Swans, who find themselves in 17th place in the league with just four points acquired from six games so far this season. Swansea were unfortunate not to come away with any points from their encounter with league leaders Manchester City last weekend, and...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 29 Sep 16:32

Guidolin admits job may be under threat

Head coach Francesco Guidolin admits job could be under threat if his side do not beat Liverpool at home on Saturday.

ESPN FC - Swansea City News 29 Sep 14:45

Prem: Liverpool's scintillating form

Swansea square off versus Liverpool, Chelsea travel to Hull and much more in week 7's fixtures.

Swansea City – teamtalk.com 29 Sep 10:10

TT Top 10: The most appalling player faces in football game history

With the latest editions of both FIFA 17 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 now released, we take a look at some of the worst/best player likenesses from over the years.

Every year we hear how the latest football game is the “most realistic yet” but there is plenty of evidence out there that suggests this has been far from the case. Time to pick out a few complete and utter hatchet jobs!

Kyle Walker

Kyle Walker

Once you get over the initial shock, the most surprising element of this transformation is that this is just two years old! We have a sneaky suspicion that developers on PES 2014 may have been a bit up pushed for time and, as a result, Kyle Walker has morphed into a Andres Iniesta lookalike who has sold his soul for better passing stats.

Michu

Michu.Fifa.14

As bad as this is, you do have to applaud FIFA creators for essentially predicting Michu’s decline at Swansea. After failing to rediscover the form in his wonderful first season with the Swans, this is probably not too far away from what he looked like when he was shipped out on loan to Napoli.

Kolo Toure

Kolo Toure

From memes to unintentionally hilarious Twitter posts, Kolo Toure has become the source of many people’s amusement in the twilight stages of his career. However, even he does not deserve this injustice. At least get his hair right! The offices working on PES 2014 must have had a ton of work placements in to help keep costs down.

Rafael

Rafael

Rafael gave Manchester United fans plenty of nightmares playing at right-back but none can surely be as bad as this one. His pace stats on PES must have taken a real pasting with having to carry such an enormous weight around. This would make for a good voodoo doll, though.

Franck Ribery

Franck Ribery

The job nobody in the gaming industry wants: trying to make Franck Ribery not look like a gruesome monster who lives under people’s beds. We’re not sure even the best dentists in the world can mend those broken piano keys, sorry, teeth.

David Beckham

David Beckham

Cherish this moment that you found out that you are more attractive than David Beckham. Obviously in 1998 we were hardly at the cutting edge of computer graphics, but its inclusion is to show just how far we’ve come since the good, old days.

Regardless of what the players looked like, FIFA Road to World Cup ’98 will always have a special place in our hearts. We’re getting all misty-eyed quicker than you can say indoor stadiums.

Roberto Firmino

Roberto Firmino

Just look at the disappointment on that face. We suspect Roberto Firmino’s actual face had a similar expression as he unwrapped his copy of FIFA 16 last year. It just goes to show that no matter how much technology advances, there is still a long way to go for us to get the attention to detail we all crave.

Hal Robson-Kanu

Hal Robson-Kanu

Is there nobody out there interested in Hal Robson-Kanu at all? Even after his heroics at Euro 2016, it turns out Tony Pulis didn’t actually want to the sign the Welshman and he obviously wasn’t worth the time or effort in Pro Evolution 2015 either! He looks like ‘generic bad guy #3’ in a tacky Hollywood movie.

Lucas Leiva

Lucas

Yes, we thought this was Fernando Torres, too. A light bulb most certainly went off in someone’s head as they tried to knock off early for the day. Unfortunately this is what happens when the only similarity they have is just blonde hair.

Javier Mascherano

Javier Mascherano

Javier Mascherano wishes he looks this good. You could have given us a million guesses and we still wouldn’t have correctly identified this player. Hopefully the days of wild inaccuracies are behind us this year…but we won’t hold our breath.

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 27 Sep 15:46

Swansea chairman meets coach Bradley

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins meets former United States coach Bob Bradley as pressure mounts on incumbent Francesco Guidolin.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 26 Sep 23:01

Guidolin deserves time - Hartson

John Hartson believes Francesco Guidolin has earned the right to prove he can turn struggling Swansea City's season around.

Swansea City – teamtalk.com 26 Sep 15:23

Swansea ?prepared to give under-pressure Guidolin time?

Francesco Guidolin will be given time to shift Swansea’s momentum after a five-match winless run.

An American consortium led by Stephen Kaplan and Jason Levien took over in July, inheriting Guidolin as manager.

But it is understood a change of boss just weeks into the Premier League season is not inevitable, despite Swansea being without a win since the opening day.

Ryan Giggs and Gianfranco Zola are among those to have been linked with the Swansea job, but Guidolin said after Saturday’s loss to Manchester City that he had not met with club chairman Huw Jenkins to discuss his future.

Positive signs were evident in defeat to leaders City, but Swansea’s only wins this season were at Burnley and against Peterborough in the EFL Cup.

And with Swansea playing Liverpool and Arsenal either side of the October international break, the situation could deteriorate before it improves for Guidolin.

The former Udinese boss joined Swansea in January as head coach and was given a two-year contract in May.

Giggs, who left his role as Manchester United assistant manager over the summer, ending a 29-year association with the club, last week said he had had no contact with Swansea.

 

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 26 Sep 14:32

Swansea team believe in Guidolin - Amat

Defender Jordi Amat says Swansea's players "believe" in boss Francesco Guidolin despite poor Premier League results.

Swansea City – teamtalk.com 26 Sep 13:18

Rumour Mill: Man Utd offered Atleti man; Spurs want midfielder

Manchester United have been offered an Atletico Madrid midfielder, while Liverpool have again sent scouts to watch a striker, according to Monday’s transfer rumours.

 

Arsenal

Julian Draxler insists he will ignore talk he could leave Wolfsburg in January, amid claims both Arsenal and PSG are planning moves (Kicker)

Arsenal are back in the running to sign Marcelo Brozovic, amid claims the player will definitely leave Inter Milan in January. Tottenham and Chelsea also remain keen (Fox Sport)

Arsenal have taken former Celtic and Crystal Palace academy goalkeeper Alex Crean, 16, on trial

AC Milan forward M’Baye Niang claims he has rejected moves to both Arsenal and Everton in the past (Gazetta dello Sport)

Burnley

Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson and Michael Keane of Burnley are both on Antonio Conte’s radar as he bids to bolster Chelsea’s defence in January (Daily Mail)

Chelsea

Leonardo Bonucci: Admits he considered City's offer

Chelsea and Manchester City will both make firm bids for Leonardo Bonucci again in January, amid reports in the Italian press that neither have given up on the Juventus defender

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly, Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson and Burnley’s Michael Keane are also on Antonio Conte’s radar in January (Daily Mail)

Mario Pasalic won’t be returning to Chelsea from AC Milan in January, claims the player’s agent (Calciomercato)

Arsenal are back in the running to sign Marcelo Brozovic, amid claims the player will definitely leave Inter Milan in January. Tottenham and Chelsea also remain keen (Fox Sport)

Chelsea want to sign former Manchester United player Angel Di Maria from PSG (Don Balon)

West Ham are plotting a January move for Cesc Fabregas if he fails to secure a regular first-team place at Chelsea (Daily Mirror)

Everton

Everton, Sunderland and Swansea have sent scouts to watch FC Copenhagen’s Paraguayan striker Federico Santander. The player has also been linked with a move to Lyon (BT)

One of Everton’s summer transfer targets, Manolo Gabbiadini, is set to sign a new deal with Napoli (Corriere dello Sport)

AC Milan forward M’Baye Niang claims he has rejected moves to both Arsenal and Everton in the past (Gazetta dello Sport)

Leicester

Leicester will ask Manchester United for Morgan Schneiderlin as part of any move the Red Devils make for Danny Drinkwater in January (Daily Express)

Liverpool

Gregoire Defrel: On Liverpool's radar

Liverpool have again sent scouts to watch in-form Sassuolo striker Gregoire Defrel amid reports they are planning to make a January swoop (Gazzamercato)

Palermo vice-president Guglielmo Micciche claims his side failed in a bid to sign Mario Balotelli from Liverpool – just a matter of hours before he signed for Nice (Rai Sport)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is set to speak with disappointed goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to reasure the Belgian he remains very much a part of his first-team plans (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester City

Chelsea and Manchester City will both make firm bids for Leonardo Bonucci again in January, amid reports in the Italian press that neither have given up on the Juventus defender

Pep Guardiola believes Aleks Kolarov will become one of Europe’s most in-demand defenders if the club don’t manager to persuade the Serbian to sign a new Man City deal (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United

Jose Mourinho will move for Isco in January after deciding the Real Madrid man is best suited to replacing Wayne Rooney and playing in the No 10 role for Manchester United (ESPN)

Manchester United have been offered Atletico Madrid attacking midfielder Bernard Mensah (The Sun)

Wayne Rooney has no interest in leaving Manchester United despite losing his place in Jose Mourinho’s starting XI and inspite of claims he’s been told to stop criticising his team-mates (Daily Express)

Bastian Schweinsteiger will leave Manchester United for a move to MLS, claims a former Germany team-mate

Leicester will ask Manchester United for Morgan Schneiderlin as part of any move the Red Devils make for Danny Drinkwater in January (Daily Express)

Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson and Michael Keane of Burnley are both on Antonio Conte’s radar as he bids to bolster Chelsea’s defence in January (Daily Mail)

Sunderland

Federico Santander: Linked with Premier League trio

David Moyes claims he has rejected the chance to sign Emmanuel Adebayor on a free transfer (ESPN)

Everton, Sunderland and Swansea have sent scouts to watch FC Copenhagen’s Paraguayan striker Federico Santander. The player has also been linked with a move to Lyon (BT)

Sunderland could sign Pedro Carneiro on a free transfer. The Portuguese midfielder, a free agent, has been training with the club over the past few days (The Sun)

Swansea

Everton, Sunderland and Swansea have sent scouts to watch FC Copenhagen’s Paraguayan striker Federico Santander. The player has also been linked with a move to Lyon (BT)

Tottenham

Milan Badelj: Linked with move to Spurs

Arsenal are back in the running to sign Marcelo Brozovic, amid claims the player will definitely leave Inter Milan in January. Tottenham and Chelsea also remain keen (Fox Sport)

Tottenham are ready to make a £7m January bid to sign long-term target Milan Badelj from Fiorentina (Daily Mirror)

West Ham

West Ham are plotting a January move for Cesc Fabregas if he fails to secure a regular first-team place at Chelsea (Daily Mirror)

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Swansea City – teamtalk.com 26 Sep 12:07

Power Rankings: Liverpool close on leaders; Arsenal on the up

Liverpool moved into second place after hammering Hull, while Arsenal climb into third after finally getting one over on London rivals Chelsea.

Manchester United also reclaimed some lost ground after thumping Leicester at Old Trafford but they are seven points behind leaders Manchester City, who collected just 2.5 points for claiming their second win over Swansea in four days.

In Power Rankings, we award points from 0.5 to 7, decided by an algorithm based on bookmaker odds and winning margins.

It rewards teams scoring lots of goals and also those defying expectations but sees odds-on favourites penalised for sneaking past inferior opponents by the odd goal.

West Ham, who are 18th this time around, claimed the title by 3.5 points in our inaugural Power Rankings last season.

 Man Utd

Week 6

Arsenal – 5pts: Brushed Chelsea aside with a swagger.

Southampton – 5pts: Took a struggling West Ham apart.

Liverpool – 4.5pts: Clicking into gear in attack.

Bournemouth – 4pts: Resolute and of the results of the weekend.

Manchester Utd – 3.5pts: Show of strength against the champions.

Tottenham – 3pts: Too good for Boro.

C Palace – 3pts: Bold comeback on Wearside.

Manchester City – 2.5pts: Put Swansea to the sword again and are still the team to beat.

West Brom – 1.5pt: Snatched a late draw.

Stoke – 1pt: Hard done by, denied all three points.

 

Power Rankings

Team Power Rankings Points Official Points
1. Man City 18.5 18
2. Liverpool 17.5 13
3. Arsenal 15 13
4. Everton 14.5 13
5. Tottenham 13.5 14
= C Palace 13.5 10
7. Watford 11.5 7
= Manchester Utd 11.5 12
9. Hull 10 7
= West Brom 10 8
11. Bournemouth 8.5  7
12. Chelsea 8  10
13. Southampton 7.5  8
14. Leicester 6.5  7
15. Burnley 6 4
16. Swansea 5.5 4
17. Middlesbrough 4.5 5
18. West Ham 3  3
19. Stoke  2.5  2
20. Sunderland 1.5  1

 

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