Under-fire Villa Park boss Paul Lambert takes his relegation threatened side to South Wales.
Team news: Striker Michu will undergo a late fitness test on his ankle problem to determine his availability. The Spaniard missed the 2-1 win at Fulham but is in with a chance of being involved against Villa, while Angel Rangel is also a doubt with a calf problem.
Manager Michael Laudrup may decide to keep Danny Graham up front after the striker scored the opener at Craven Cottage, while Ben Davies, Chico Flores, Michel Vorm and Leon Britton could all be restored to the starting lineup after being rested.
Swansea (from): Vorm, Bartley, Flores, Williams, Britton, Lita, Michu, Graham, Hernandez, Dyer, Routledge, Monk, Shechter, Moore, De Guzman, Tiendalli, Rangel, Ki, Tremmel, Agustien, Gower, Richards, Davies.
Team news: Midfielder Fabian Delph returns after suspension, but Villa’s lengthy injury list shows little sign of improving as they look to recover from three heavy defeats in which they have conceded 15 goals against Chelsea, Tottenham and Wigan.
Striker Darren Bent (hamstring) and Gabriel Agbonlahor (thigh), winger Charles N’Zogbia (knee) and defenders Ron Vlaar (calf), Nathan Baker (hamstring) and long-term casualty Richard Dunne (knee) remain sidelined.
Aston Villa (from): Guzan, Given, Lowton, Herd, Clark, Lichaj, Stevens, Bennett, Ireland, Westwood, El Ahmadi, Bannan, Delph, Albrighton, Holman, Benteke, Bowery, Weimann, Burke, Johnson, Williams, Carruthers.
Referee: M Halsey; Assistants: S Beck, M Mullarkey; Fourth official: L Collins
SOURCE: Official Premier League
Swansea (Possible, 4-5-1): Vorm; Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, Davies; Dyer, Routledge, Britton, De Guzman, Hernandez; Graham.
Aston Villa (Possible, 3-5-2): Guzan; Lowton, Herd, Clark; Lichaj, Bannan, Holman, Ireland, Bennett; Weimann, Benteke.
This is only the fourth top-flight fixture in Wales between these clubs. Swansea went unbeaten in the previous three (W2, D1), with Villa’s last away victory coming 31 years ago in the old Third Division.
Aston Villa have won 15 of their 20 previous meetings against Swansea, who have managed four victories.
Swansea are the only Premier League side to have won every game so far in which they opened the scoring, which they have done seven times.
They are unbeaten in their last three matches played on New Year’s Day.
The Swans have only won one of their last five home matches but have held Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United to draws during that run.
Wayne Routledge played eight times for Aston Villa in 2008, although his only two Premier League appearances were as a substitute.
They have lost three successive league games, conceding 15 goals and failing to score. The record number of goals conceded over three Premier League games is 18, by Wigan (May-August 2010).
Villa ended 2012 with a club record-equalling 18 league defeats in a calendar year.
However, Villa have won their last three league matches on New Year’s Day (2003, 2005 and 2008).
Paul Lambert’s side have conceded seven goals to opposition defenders in the Premier League this season – only Wigan (8) have fared worse.
The Villans have attempted just four shots on target in their last three Premier League games.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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