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Swansea City v Stoke City


Laudrup: Looking to bounce back

Laudrup: Looking to bounce back

Swansea City face Stoke City at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday looking to bounce back from their FA Cup exit in midweek.


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The Swans went down to fellow Premier League side Arsenal in their third-round clash at the Emirates on Wednesday.

Michael Laudrup's side have drawn four of their last five matches, winning once and sit in ninth place in the standings.

Kemy Augustien limped off against the Gunners and will join long-term absentee Neil Taylor on the sidelines for the Welsh outfit.

Danny Graham started the clash in north London, but may be benched in favour of the prolific Michu.

Meanwhile, the Potters bounced back from their 4-0 drubbing by Chelsea last weekend to beat Championship outfit Crystal Palace 4-1 to progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Despite this, Tony Pulis's charges have only won once in their last five league games and have slipped to 10th place on the table.

Defenders Ryan Shotton and Andy Wilkinson face late fitness tests ahead of the weekend's trip and should come into the side if they are deemed fit.

Pulis will, however, have to deal with injuries to Mark Wilson and long-throw specialist Rory Delap who are not expected back until late January.

Stoke ran out 2-0 winners when the sides met earlier in the season, courtesy of a Peter Crouch brace.

Posted: 18/01/13 16:50

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