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Are Swansea City doomed to relegation from the Premier League this season?

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 31 Oct 2016

Former-USA head coach Bob Bradley has been appointed as Swansea boss, but he's struggled so far to make an impact.

Former USA head coach Bob Bradley has been appointed as Swansea boss, but he’s struggled so far to make an impact.

Swansea City suffered defeat to Stoke City in Monday night’s Premier League clash and ended the day five points adrift of safety after 10 games.

Manager Bob Bradley admitted to being concerned with his side’s form and current precarious situation, but can he keep them up?

Swansea’s defence a major achilles heel this season

Swansea City’s problems have somewhat stemmed from their porous backline. The Swans have conceded two or more goals in seven of their last nine Premier League games, and have kept just two clean sheets from 12 games in all competitions. Bob Bradley’s men are currently 19th in the division with five points from a possible 30, having lost seven games, winning just once.

Since the opening day of the Premier League season, only Hull City (22) have conceded more goals than Swansea (18), and only Hull (6) and Sunderland (6) have scored so few as Swansea (8). The Welsh club can’t score and they have conceded too many goals at the other end, two fatal problems of a side looking doomed for the drop. Six defeats from their last seven in all competitions tells its own story.

Swansea can’t get goals from their strikers

Swansea City’s top goalscorer this season is central midfielder Leroy Fer. The Dutch international has scored four goals in nine Premier League games, but his position atop of City’s scoring charts highlights their struggles in front of goa. Summer-signing Fernando Llorente has netted just one goal in eight league appearances, while Borja Bastan only has one goal from six games.

City’s change in style has contributed to their struggles as they are no longer retaining high levels of possession, nor are they focusing on an attractive attacking style of football. Swansea aren’t getting any goals from their forward players so it’s hardly a surprise they are struggling this season. Matters are made worse given the games City have to come.

Jacks could be bottom of the Premier League with difficult run of games to come

Swansea have a tricky run of games to come in the Premier League which could prove to be quite the obstacle. The Jacks face Manchester United on Sunday, November 6 and Everton on Saturday, November 19. City will play Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, December 3, and aren’t expected to come away with anything to show for. Bradley’s men could go bottom of the table if they can’t turn their form around. Swansea City are 6/4 to suffer relegation from the Premier League. Are they destined for the drop this season?


Crippy Cooke

Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.



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