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ESPN FC - Swansea City News 24 Aug 18:22

Swansea's new-look defence must stay tight to limit Leicester's threat

Francesco Guidolin feels Swansea must be a better job at adapting to teams like Hull that sit back and defend. To say Leicester bucked a trend last season by winning the Premier League is an understatement. It has been equally refreshing to see the club continue to break tradition by managing to hold on to most of their star players this summer. Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez were courted by Arsenal but both men have signed new contracts to stay with the smaller club, at least in the short term. Not only have Leicester managed to retain their brightest attacking players, they've added another in Ahmed Musa. Swansea,...

ESPN FC - Swansea City News 24 Aug 06:04

Francesco Guidolin satisfied with Swansea's EFL win over Peterborough

Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin was satisified with his side's win over Peterborough United. Francesco Guidolin declared himself "satisfied'' with Swansea's smooth passage into the third round of the EFL Cup, after a 3-1 win away to Peterborough United. The Italian chief made 10 changes for the visit to the ABAX Stadium, but his fringe players seized the opportunity to shine as the 2013 winners advanced. Rookie striker Ollie McBurnie enjoyed a dream debut as he bagged two goals in the space of three minutes just before the break. The 20-year-old had earlier played a prominent part in the...

ESPN FC - Swansea City News 23 Aug 22:53

Oliver McBurnie scores twice as Swansea see off Peterborough

Peterborough United Swansea City 1 3 FT Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Former winners Swansea made a grand EFL Cup entrance as they breezed to a 3-1 success at Peterborough. A slick Swans side, featuring four men who starred at Wembley when they lifted the trophy in 2013, sailed through a second-round test courtesy of a first-half super show. Two fringe players came to the fore as boss Francesco Guidolin rang the changes. Rookie striker Oliver McBurnie enjoyed a dream debut when hitting a deadly double-blow just before the break after having a prominent role in an...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 23 Aug 22:35

Peterborough United 1-3 Swansea City

Striker Oliver McBurnie scores twice on his debut as Swansea City beat Peterborough in their EFL Cup second-round tie.

Swansea City – teamtalk.com 23 Aug 14:28

Robson-Kanu will take his chance on deadline day

Wales star Hal Robson-Kanu will make a decision on his future on transfer deadline day.

The 27-year-old is without a club after leaving Reading in the summer, but his agent, who claims there is plenty of interest in the player, says the forward will decide where his future lies on August 31.

His agent, Hasan Anil Eken, told the Daily Mail: “Hal wants to wait until the last day of the transfer window. He wants to play for an important team with goals.

“He wants higher standards and a good project. He has numerous offers from different countries. In a week he will make a decision.”

Robson-Kanu is understood to be on the radar of numerous clubs with offers from England, Spain, Italy, France and the United States on the table after he helped Wales to the semi-finals of the European Championship in the summer.

The London-born forward scored the BBC’s Euro 2016 goal of the tournament after his brilliant strike in Wales’ staggering 3-1 quarter-final success against Belgium.

His Cruyff turn, which sent three defenders the wrong way, and cool slotted finish was sublime and his decision to run down his deal at The Madejski looked a wise one, but  so far he is yet to agree a transfer.

'WHAT A TURN, WHAT A GOAL! FROM HAL ROBSON-KANU'
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“Without doubt, running down my contract at Reading was the best decision of my life.

“Reading wanted me to stay but I felt it was the right time to move and take my future in my own hands. I always believed in myself.

“We’ve had offers, I’ve made no secret of the fact that my desire is to play in the Premier League again and I think I’ve proved what I can do at the highest level,” he said earlier in the summer.

Hull City currently, who are without a permanent manager, and have just 13 fit first-team players and are understood to be among those who have offered Robson-Kanu a contract.

Watford, Middlesbrough, Burnley and Swansea  are others who were linked with the player.

Robson-Kanu has been with Reading since 2007  but he scored just 39 goals in 270 appearances.

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Swansea City – teamtalk.com 23 Aug 12:05

All the transfer ins and outs in the Premier League this summer

ARSENAL

INS: Granit Xhaka (£33.8m, Borussia Monchengladbach), Takuma Asano (undisclosed, Sanfrecce Hiroshima), Rob Holding (£2m, Bolton)

OUTS: Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky (all released), Isaac Hayden (£2.5m, Newcastle), Wojciech Szczesny (Roma, loan), Joel Campbell (Sporting Lisbon, loan)

 

BOURNEMOUTH

INS: Lys Mousset (£5.4m, Le Havre), Emerson Hyndman (free, Fulham), Nathan Ake (loan, Chelsea), Lewis Cook (£7m, Leeds), Jordon Ibe (£15m, Liverpool), Brad Smith ( £3m, Liverpool), Marc Wilson (£2m, Stoke)

OUTS: Lee Tomlin (undisc, Bristol City), Glenn Murray (loan, Brighton) Tommy Elphick (£3.6m, Aston Villa), Jayden Stockley (free, Aberdeen), Shaun MacDonald (Wigan, undisclosed), Sylvain Distin, Stephane Zubar, Josh Carmichael, Josh Wakefield, Mason Walsh and Jon Muleba (all released).

 

BURNLEY

INS: Johann Berg Gudmundsson (£2m, Charlton), Nick Pope (£1m, Charlton), Jon Flanagan (loan, Liverpool), Steven Defour (£7.5m, Anderlecht)

OUTS: Joey Barton (free, Rangers), Matt Gilks (free, Rangers), Luke Conlan (free, Morecambe), David Jones (undisclosed, Sheffield Wednesday), Rouwen Hennings (loan, Fortuna Dusseldorf).

 

CHELSEA

INS: Michy Batshuayi (£33m, Marseille), N’Golo Kante (£32m, Leicester)

OUTS: Papy Djilobodji (£8m, Sunderland) Stipe Perica (£3m, Udinese), Mohamed Salah, (undisclosed, Roma), Bertrand Traore (loan, Ajax) Nathan Ake (loan, Bournemouth), Nathan (loan, Vitesse), Lewis Baker (loan, Vitesse), Joao Rodriguez (loan, Santa Fe), Charly Musonda (loan, Real Betis), Mitchell Beeney (loan, Crawley), Baba Rahman (loan, Schalke), Tammy Abraham (Bristol City, loan), Reece Mitchell (free, Chesterfield), Marco Amelia, Tika Musonda and Kevin Wright (all released), Izzy Brown (Rotherham, loan).

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CRYSTAL PALACE

INS: Andros Townsend (£13m, Newcastle), Steve Mandanda (£3m Marseille), James Tomkins (£10m, West Ham), Christian Benteke (£27m, rising to £32m, Liverpool)

OUTS: Dwight Gayle (£10m, Newcastle), David Gregory (free, Cambridge), Alex McCarthy (undisclosed, Southampton), Mile Jedinak (£4m, Aston Villa), Emmanuel Adebayor, Reise Allassani, Andreas Breimyr, Marouane Chamakh, Connor Dymond, Spencer Forte, Matthew George, David Gregory, Brede Hangeland, William Hoare, Christopher Kettings, Adrian Mariappa, Patrick McCarthy, Oliver Pain and Christian Scales (all released), Yannick Bolasie (Everton £25m).

 

EVERTON

INS:Maarten Stekelenburg (undisclosed, Fulham), Idrissa Gueye (£7.1m, Aston Villa), Ashley Williams (£12m, Swansea), Yannick Bolasie (£25m, Crystal Palace)

OUTS: John Stones (£47.5million, Everton), Tim Howard (free, Colorado Rapids), Luke Garbutt (loan, Wigan), Steven Pienaar (free, Sunderland), Aidan Graham, Tony Hibbert, Leon Osman, Felipe Rohde, Jindrich Stanek and  Jordan Thorniley (all released), Brendan Galloway (loan, West Brom)

 

HULL

INS: Jonathan Edwards (free, Peterborough),

OUTS: Max Clark (loan, Cambridge), Ben Clappison (free, York), Mohamed Diame (£4.5m, Newcastle)

 

LEICESTER CITY

INS: Ron-Robert Zieler (£3m, Hannover), Luis Hernandez (free, Sporting Gijon), Nampalys Mendy (£13m, OGC Nice), Ahmed Musa (£16.6m, CSKA Moscow), Bartosz Kapustka (£7.5m, Cracovia)

OUTS: N’Golo Kante (£32m, Chelsea), Ritchie De Laet (£2.5m, Aston Villa), Joe Dodoo (undisc, Rangers), Andrej Kramaric (undisclosed, Hoffenheim), Jacob Blyth (free, Motherwell),  Paul Konchesky (free, Gillingham), Liam Moore (undisclosed, Reading), Kyle Bailey, Jack Barmby, Dean Hammond, Aaron Hassall, Michael Kelly, Keenan King, Jonathan Maddison, Harrison Panayiotou, Mark Schwarzer, Max Smith-Varnam and Ryan Watson (all released).

 

LIVERPOOL

INS: Sadio Mane (£34m, Southampton), Georginio Wijnaldum (£25m, Newcastle) Loris Karius (£4.7m, Mainz), Joel Matip (free, Schalke), Ragnar Klavan (£4.2m, Augsburg), Alex Manninger (free, Augsburg).

OUTS: Jordon Ibe (£15m, Bournemouth), Joe Allen (£13m, Stoke), Martin Skrtel (£5m, Fenerbahce), Jerome Sinclair (£4m, Watford), Jordan Rossiter (£250,000, Rangers), Joao Carlos Teixeira (£250,000, Porto), Kolo Toure (free, Celtic), Christian Benteke (£27m, rising to £32m, Liverpool), Allan (loan, Hertha Berlin), Jon Flanagan (loan, Burnley), Tom Brewitt, Daniel Cleary, William Marsh, Ryan McLaughlin, Alex O’Hanlon, Kristof Polgar, Jose Enrique, Samed Yesil (all released)

 

MANCHESTER CITY

INS: Ilkay Gundogan (£20.3m, Borussia Dortmund), Nolito (£13.8m, Celta Vigo), Aaron Mooy (free, Melbourne City), Oleksandr Zinchenko (undisclosed, FC Ufa), Leroy Sane (£37m, Schalke), Gabriel Jesus (£27m, Palmeiras), Marlos Moreno (£4.75m, Atletico Nacional), John Stones (£47.5million, Everton), Pablo Mari (undisclosed, Gimnastic Tarragona)

OUTS:  Marlos Moreno, (loan, Deportivo La Coruna), Seko Fofane (£3.8m, Udinese), Jack Byrne (loan, Blackburn), Manu Garcia (loan, Alaves), Charlie Albinson, Martin Demichelis, Nathaniel Oseni, Sam Tattum, Richard Wright (all released).

 

MANCHESTER UNITED

INS: Eric Bailly (£30m, Villarreal), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (free, PSG), Henrikh Mkhitaryan (£26m, Borussia Dortmund), Paul Pogba (£89million, Juventus)

OUTS: Tyler Blackett, (£1m, Reading) Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (loan, Wolves), James Wilson (loan, Derby) Adnan Januzah (loan, Sunderland), Paddy McNair, (undisc, Sunderland), Donald Love (undisc, Sunderland) Ashley Fletcher (free, West Ham), Oliver Rathbone (free, Rochdale), George Dorrington, Nick Powell and Victor Valdes (all released).

 

MIDDLESBROUGH

INS: Viktor Fischer (£3.8m, Ajax), Bernardo Espinosa (free, Sporting Gijon), Marten de Roon, (£12m, Atalanta), Jordan McGhee (loan, Hearts), Victor Valdes (free, Manchester United), Antonio Barragan (undisc, Valencia), Alvaro Negredo (loan, Valencia), Brad Guzan (free, Aston Villa), Fabio da Silva (£2m, Cardiff)

OUTS: Jonathan Burn (loan, Kilmarnock), Rhys Williams (free, Perth Glory), Luke Coddington (free, Huddersfield), Jordan Jones (free, Kilmarnock), Jonathan Woodgate, Damia Abella and Andre Bennett (all released).

 

SOUTHAMPTON

INS: Nathan Redmond (£11m, Norwich), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£13m, Bayern Munich), Alex McCarthy (undisclosed, Crystal Palace), Jeremy Pied (free, Nice)

OUTS: Sadio Mane (£34m, Liverpool), Victor Wanyama (£11m, Tottenham), Graziano Pelle (£13m, Shandong Luneng), Juanmi (£2m, Real Sociedad), Jason McCarthy (loan, Walsall), William Britt, Kelvin Davis, Gaston Ramirez (all released), Sam Gallagher (loan, Blackburn).

 

STOKE CITY

INS:  Ramadan Sobhi (£5m, Al-Ahly), Joe Allen (£13m, Liverpool)

OUTS: Steven Sidwell (free, Brighton), Marc Wilson (£2m, Bournemouth), Yusuf Coban (free, Hoffenheim), Mark Waddington (loan, Kilmarnock), Benjamin Barber, Edward Dryden, Bobby Moseley, Ryan O’Reilly, Peter Odemwingie, Petros Skapetis and Mason Watkins-Clark (all released).

 

SUNDERLAND

INS:  Papy Djilobodji (£8m, Chelsea), Paddy McNair (undisc, Manchester United), Donald Love (undisc, Manchester United), Adnan Januzaj (loan, Manchester United), Steven Pienaar (free, Everton).

OUTS: Emanuele Giaccherini (£2m, Napoli), Liam Bridcutt (£1m, Leeds Utd), Danny Graham (free, Blackburn), Will Buckley (loan, Sheffield Wednesday), Martin Smith (free, Kilmarnock), Wes Brown, Steven Fletcher, Mikael Mandron, Liam Agnew and Steve Harper (all released), Jordi Gomez (undisclosed, Wigan), Younes Kaboul (undisclosed, Watford).

 

SWANSEA CITY

INS:  Borja Baston (£15.5m, Atletico Madrid), Leroy Fer (£4.75m, QPR), Mike van der Hoorn (undisclosed, Ajax), Mark Birighitti (free, Newcastle Jets), Fernando Llorente (undisc, Sevilla)

OUTS:  Ashley Williams (£12m, Everton), Alberto Paloschi (£5m, Atalanta), Eder (£4m, Lille), Raheem Hanley (free, Northampton), Kyle Bartley (loan, Leeds), Oliver Davies (loan, Kilmarnock), Matt Grimes (loan, Leeds), Andre Ayew (£20.5million, West Ham), Daniel Alfei, Kyle Copp, James Demetriou, Stephen Fallon, Alexander Gogic, Henry Jones, Lee Lucas and Gareth Owen (all released), Bafetimbi Gomis (loan, Marseille)

 

TOTTENHAM

INS: Victor Wanyama (£11m, Southampton), Vincent Janssen (£18.6m, AZ Alkmaar)

OUTS: Federico Fazio (loan, Roma), Christopher Paul (free, QPR), Emmanuel Sonupe (released), Grant Ward (undisclosed, Ipswich), Alex Pritchard (£8m, Norwich)

 

WATFORD

INS: Jerome Sinclair (£4m, Liverpool), Christian Kabasele (£5.8m, Genk), Isaac Success (undisclosed, Granada), Juan Camilo Zuniga (loan, Napoli), Brice Dja Djedje (undisc, Marseille), Younes Kaboul (undisclosed, Sunderland), Roberto Pereyra (£10.4m, Juventus)

OUTS: Miguel Layun (£4m, Porto), William Byers, Josh Doherty, Joel Ekstrand, Uche Ikpeazu, James Johnson, Javion Martin, Ayitey Mensah Jnr, Thomas Simpson and Mac Young (all released), Almen Abdi (undisc, Sheff Weds), Daniel Pudil (undisc, Sheff Weds)

 

WEST BROM

INS: Matt Phillips (undisclosed, QPR), Brendan Galloway (loan, Everton)

OUTS: James Chester (undisc, Aston Villa), Callam Jones (loan, Accrington), Victor Anichebe, Samir Nabi and Stephane Sessegnon (all released).

 

WEST HAM

INS: Manuel Lanzini (£9.4m, Al Jazira Club), Toni Martinez (£2.5m, Valencia), Havard Nordtveit (free, Borussia Monchengladbach), Domingos Quina (free, Benfica), Sofiane Feghouli (free, Valencia), Gokhan Tore (loan, Besiktas), Ashley Fletcher (free, Manchester United), Andre Ayew (£20.5million, Swansea), Jonathan Calleri (loan, Deportivo Maldonado)

OUTS: Stephen Hendrie (loan, Blackburn), Elliot Lee (free, Barnsley), Antonio Brown, Alexander Chambers, Nathan Mavila, Lawrence Nasha and Martin O’Brien (all released).

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 23 Aug 09:03

Keeper Nordfeldt pens new Swansea deal

Swansea City's Swedish goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt signs a new four-year contract with the Premier League club.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 22 Aug 22:45

Britton wants to end career with Swansea

Midfielder Leon Britton says he wants to finish his career with Swansea City after signing contract extension.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 22 Aug 22:04

The men behind the money - Swans' US owners

New owners Steve Kaplan and Jason Levien tell BBC Wales Sport about their American dream for Swansea City.

ESPN FC - Swansea City News 22 Aug 18:12

Francesco Guidolin eager to win another cup with Swansea City

Francesco Guidolin feels Swansea must be a better job at adapting to teams like Hull that sit back and defend. Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin wants to savour the magic of cup football again after being a winner in his native Italy. Guidolin has his first taste of an English cup competition when Swansea head to Peterborough in the second round of the EFL Cup on Tuesday night. But the experienced Guidolin says he has an affinity with cup football having guided Vicenza to Coppa Italia glory in 1997 -- the provincial club's first-ever domestic trophy. "We won the Coppa Italia and for a little team this is...

Swansea City – teamtalk.com 22 Aug 16:04

COMPETITION: How much will be spent in the transfer window?

Predict how much will be spent by Premier League clubs in the summer transfer window for a chance to win some fantastic prizes.

TEAMtalk have teamed up with Sky Community to offer readers the chance to win a beer fridge, a football shirt and a football, courtesy of Sky. Simply guess how much will be spent in the Premier League summer transfer window for a chance to claim one of these prizes.

The 2016 summer transfer window has already been notable for the world-record transfer of Paul Pogba from Juventus to Manchester United for whopping £89.25million. Just think you could have seven or eight Pogba’s or buy Liverpool Football club, according to estimates over the weekend.

Despite summer cumulative transfer spending rising in the last four years, there are no guarantees this time around that the current total of £791million will top last summer’s record £870million total.

Clubs went big and quickly, spending well over £100million more on new players in the first week of this year’s summer transfer window than they had at the same point last season, despite purchasing fewer players. But since then spending has slowed down and the likes of new boys Hull City are yet to spend a penny.

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Premier League clubs broke the summer spending record last summer, up four per cent from the previous year with Manchester City the biggest spenders, splashing out £160m for new talent – a record for a single club. City have though topped that again this term with a new manager at the helm in Pep Guardiola, and they look set to add to their current £165million summer spend with the addition of a new goalkeeper before the 11pm deadline on Wednesday, August 31

Their quieter rivals from across the city, Manchester United, also have a new man in charge and Jose Mourinho has been flexing his muscle in the market with a spend of £157million to date. That figure could also rise with Mourinho looking at adding a defender to the star quartet he has already brought in at Old Trafford.

Sadio Mane has followed the well-trodden path from Southampton to Liverpool for a fee of £35million to help Liverpool to a spend of £65million, but they look in desperate need of a left-back to replace the ticking time-bomb that is Alberto Moreno. The Anfield club’s requirement is widely-known though, despite Jurgen Klopp’s attempts to convince us otherwise and his desire for the window to close, but they may have to spend big to add defensive reinforcements.

The champions Leicester City have been modest in their acquisitions with just £37million being forked out to swell their ranks. Ahmed Musa at £16.5million is their biggest signing of the summer and he has shown already that he looks a perfect fit alongside Jamie Vardy and co.

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Arsenal spent in excess of £30million earlier in the summer of Granit Xhaka to see their spending at just over the £44million, but there’s almost certainly set to be one more new arrival before the deadline. Gunners’ fans are calling for more new signings, but Arsene Wenger has a firm grip on the purse strings at The Emirates and multiple signings are not likely.

Their London rivals and last season’s fallen champions, Chelsea, have forked out £63.5million with new gaffer Antonio Conte spending half of that on Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi. The Italian tactician could yet add to that with a new centre-back with Blues fans praying for big-money move for Giorgio Chiellini.

Everton, Sunderland and West Brom are looking for bodies in all positions, while West Ham need a striker or two and Tottenham want a winger.

All in all we could be primed for an exciting countdown to the deadline.

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ESPN FC - Swansea City News 22 Aug 12:07

Leon Britton signs one-year contract extension with Swansea City

Leon Britton wants to reach 550 appearances for Swansea. Swansea City captain Leon Britton has signed a one-year contract extension to remain at the Liberty Stadium until the summer of 2018. Britton turns 34 next month and has made 514 appearances for a club he first joined on loan from West Ham in December 2002. "Signing the extension was a very easy decision, like most of my contracts at Swansea have been," Britton told the club's official website. "I spoke to the chairman [Huw Jenkins] and said, 'If you are happy to have me, let's just keep the same...

Swansea City – teamtalk.com 22 Aug 11:32

Revealed: Best and worst weekend Premier League performers

Following the latest round of Premier League action, WhoScored take a look at those who caught the eye and those who flopped last weekend.

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba enjoyed an impressive homecoming against Southampton, but it was a weekend to forget for the likes of Andros Townsend, Adnan Januzaj and Josh King.

Highest rated player

Pogba – 8.76
Davies – 8.75
Stuani – 8.69
Antonio – 8.63
Wanyama – 8.53

Most shots on target

Aguero – 3
13 players – 2
44 players – 1

Most successful dribbles


Pogba – 9
Zaha – 7
Hazard – 6
Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6
Januzaj – 6

Most chances created

Erik Lamela: On target for Spurs at Everton
Routledge – 5
Lamela – 5
6 players – 4
12 players – 3

Most touches
Henderson – 149
Milner – 114
Coutinho – 111
Cork – 109
Naughton – 109

Best pass completion (minimum 15 passes)


N'Golo Kante Chelsea

Kante – 96.9% (64 passes)
Milner – 96.7% (91 passes)
Klavan – 96.2% (78 passes)
Davies – 95.7% (46 passes)
Lovren – 95.7% (92 passes)

Most aerials won

Biram Diouf – 10
Vokes – 9
Collins – 7
Otamendi – 7
Djilobodji – 7

Most tackles and interceptions (combined)


Danny Simpson: 10pm curfew for Leicester City defender

Simpson – 12
Cork – 11
Rose – 11
4 players – 10

Most defensive clearances


Vertonghen – 11
Cook – 11
Mee – 11
Keane – 11
3 players – 9

Worst pass completion (excluding goalkeepers)

Salomon Rondon: Seals win for Baggies
Rondon – 50% (18 passes)
Craig Dawson – 51.7% (29 passes)
Gardner – 52.9% (17 passes)
Lowton – 52.9% (17 passes)
Vokes – 56% (25 passes)

Most unsuccessful touches

Josh King – 7
Deulofeu – 5
6 players – 4
18 players – 3

Most times dispossessed

Townsend – 8
Gray – 8
Barkley – 5
Sterling – 5
Januzaj – 5
Diomande – 5

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Swansea City – teamtalk.com 22 Aug 10:33

Power Rankings: United trail shock leaders; another Leicester?

Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped fire a majestic Manchester United into second spot, but they could not knock leaders Hull off the summit.

After an impressive opening showing last weekend Manchester United powerfully brushed aside Southampton to keep up their momentum, while noisy neighbours City also impressed with a comfortable victory at Stoke to go third.

Neither however could topple the week one leaders Hull, who surprised the majority of people again with an away-day win at Swansea. Are they this season’s Leicester?

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 claimed the title by 3.5 points in our inaugural Power Rankings last season.

Week 2 

Burnley – 5pts: A possession-less, but ruthless display.

Hull City – 5pts: Leicester all over again?

Man City – 4pts: Together, promising attacking show.

Man Utd – 3pts: Looked like champs again with another powerful display, but Jose Mourinho was sad.

West Ham – 3pts: Uninspired showing from a depleted side at the vast Olympic Stadium.

Middlesbrough – 3pts: Slick away showing against very limited opposition.

Everton – 3pts: Adaptable and growing in confidence.

Chelsea – 2pts: King Conte spot on with substitutions as Blues show character.

Tottenham – 1.5pts: Looked solid and nicked the points.

Arsenal – 1pt: Dominant and defensive solid against the champions.

Leicester – 1pt: Struggled to open up opposition.

Power Rankings

Team Power Rankings Points Official Points
1. Hull City 9 6
2. Man Utd 6 6
3. Man City 5.5 6
4. Burnley 5 3
5. Everton 4.5 4
6. Chelsea 4 6
= Middlesbrough 4 4
= West Brom 4 3
9. Liverpool 3 3
= Swansea 3  3
= West Ham 3  3
12. Tottenham 2.5 4
13. Watford 1.5  1
= Stoke 1.5  1
15. Leicester 1  1
= Arsenal 1  1
17. Southampton 0.5  1
 =Bornemouth  0  0
= Crystal Palace  0  0
= Sunderland  0  0

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Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Swansea City | BBC 21 Aug 22:46

Swansea cannot 'go crazy' over set-pieces

Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski insists his teammates cannot 'go crazy' worrying about their set-piece frailties.

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