Date: 19th October 2015 at 3:02pm
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Swansea welcome Stoke to South Wales for this weekend’s Monday Night Football.

Both will feel that they are a few points off par so far in the campaign as they hover a little too close to comfort to the relegation zone.

A win here though will lift the hosts to 10th and the visitors to 11th, giving them a little more breathing space after nine matches.

The relationship between the two sides is not the best after Swans boss Garry Monk accused ex-Stoke man Victor Moses of diving to win a penalty in their 2-1 defeat at the Britannia last season.

Monk however has more pressing matters to think about currently after his side’s impressive start to the season has faded in recent weeks.

Since their 2-1 win against Manchester United in August the Swans have not won in any of their subsequent five league and cup matches.

Monk will be desperate for some of his star players to push the team to a much needed win and will be relieved to have Andre Ayew available again.

The Ghanaian missed a recent international friendly with a knee injury but should be fine for the visit of the Potters, whilst Kyle Naughton and Jonjo Shelvey should also be available to start.

Another major positive for Monk is that Swansea are at home and an unbeaten start to the season at the Liberty Stadium shows what a fortress the ground is.

Stoke will be wary as they have never won on their four visits in the Premier League and have picked up only a solitary point at the ground.

Mark Hughes’ side have had an opposite start to the season as they began in terrible fashion.

The first six games brought no wins but they have won their last two in the league and are unbeaten in their last four in all competitions.

The problem for Hughes, who is taking charge of his 99th City game, is that his main goal threat is missing in the shape of Mame Biram Diouf, who is absent following the death of his mother.

Jon Walters is likely to get the nod up front and should be supported by Bojan Krkic, who has looked lively on his return from injury.

Marc Wilson is available after his calf problem and will look to protect the impressive Jack Butland – fresh from his second England cap – in goal.

League Position: Swansea – 13th (10 pts); Stoke – 15th (9 pts)
Last Meeting: Swansea 2-0 Stoke, May 2015
Key Men: Swansea – Andre Ayew; Stoke – Bojan Krkic
Form: Swansea- DWLDLD; Stoke – DLLDWW
Shoot Says: Swansea 2-1 Stoke

 
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