Arsenal vs Swansea Prediction and Preview for October 15, 2016 – Emirates Stadium
Except for the defeat in the opening two matches to Bournemouth and Hull City, which they regret, Swansea City have put on a much improved performance on the field since then, despite a string of four losses.
A honorable 2-2 draw against Chelsea and close defeats to teams like Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, champions Leicester City and Southampton suggested a team in the cusp of a gradual turn-around. In fact the Swans scored in each of their last five games and they almost managed to eke out a draw against Liverpool last week but for a last gasp penalty by the Reds. But this hardly prevented Francesco Guidolin's head from rolling.
58-year old American Associaton football coach, Bob Bradley, is the new manager at Liberty Stadium, Swansea. Bradley takes over a side which is just a point away from relegation and are currently placed at a lowly 17th on the EPL table. He has to make the best of whatever strengths his club possesses.
The midfield need to create more opportunities for strikers like Leroy Fer, the Swans' top scorer so far. Borja Baston will have to fine-tune his finishing skills – the open headers he missed against Liverpool cost Swansea the match. The new coach can take satisfaction from the fact that he has taken over from Guidolin when things are slowly on the mend.
But the bad news is that his first test will probably be among his toughest. Swansea City visit the Emirates to play Arsenal, who presently look the best Premier League team given their current form. The Gunners have pumped in 13 goals in their last 5 games, all of which they have won.
Apart from top scorers Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott, even new signings like Lucas Martínez and Granit Xhaka have been among the goals.
Although bookmakers and followers of the game give the Swans no chance in their Saturday's clash against the Gunners, there is an interesting bit of statistic that should give the visitors some hope.
Of the last 6 games these two have played, the Swans have emerged victorious in three. In fact, the last two matches played at the Emirates between these two had resulted in 1-2 and 0-1 wins for Swansea City.
So even if they are able to earn just a point against the rampaging Gunners at the Emirates on Saturday, it would herald an auspicious beginning for the club under their new manager, Bob Bradley.
But, the odds are heavily stacked against the visiting team as the following data suggests.