- Hull vs Swansea

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Saturday 20 December 2014 | The KC Stadium | Kick-off 15:00

Hull
Hull
0 - 0
Swansea
Swansea
 
 

Match preview

Garry Monk insists Swansea City are not reliant on top scorer Wilfried Bony ahead of their visit to Hull City in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

Bony has scored eight goals for the Welsh club this season, including four in his last five appearances, and currently ranks as the league’s top scorer for 2014 with 21.

Swansea will have to adapt to cope without their star striker when he departs for the Africa Cup of Nations in January, but Monk, who will also lose South Korean Ki Sung-yueng to the Asian Cup, says there is more to his side than the Ivory Coast international.

"We are a collective," the Swansea head coach said. "It's not just about Bony, other boys have contributed.

"I wish there were six or seven players scoring freely, but we are a collective and we don't care who scores.

"We've got other good players. [Bafetimbi] Gomis been awaiting his chance, it's been difficult for him.

"We don't rely on Bony at all, it's a collective and it will be an opportunity for others.

"We will possibly look at bringing in cover [in the January transfer window], but it has to be right for team and the club. I'm not bringing in players for sake of it."

Monk will have a fully fit squad to choose from this weekend, while goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski is set to return from a one-match ban.

Michael Dawson (hamstring) joined Mohamed Diame (knee) and Robert Snodgrass (knee) in the KC Stadium treatment room when he was forced from the field during last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea, and is set to be out for up to five weeks.

Tom Huddlestone is suspended after seeing red for a challenge on Filipe Luis at Stamford Bridge, but manager Steve Bruce is confident they can arrest a nine-match winless run.

"I have a big belief the squad is big enough to cope," he said. "We are stretched to the limit at the moment but we can't make that excuse."

Bruce will take encouragement from his side's recent record against Swansea, having drawn two and won two of the last four fixtures between the sides, including a 1-0 win at the KC Stadium in April.

Swansea's last league win over Hull was the 4-2 triumph in 2003 that ensured survival in the bottom tier of the Football League.

Hull City (from): Harper, Jakupovic, McGregor, Bruce, Chester, Davies, Dawson, Lenihan, Maguire, McShane, Robertson, Rosenior, Brady, Ben Arfa, Elmohamady, Livermore, Meyler, Quinn, Ramirez, Aluko, Hernandez, Jelavic, Sagbo.

Swansea City (from): Cornell, Fabianski, Tremmel, Amat, Bartley, Fernandez, Kingsley, Rangel, Taylor, Tiendalli, Williams, Britton, Carroll, Dyer, Fulton, Ki, Montero, Richards, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Sheehan, Shelvey, Barrow, Bony, Donnelly, Emnes, Gomis.

Match Appointments
Referee:
Mark Clattenburg Assistants: S Beck, A Holmes Fourth Official: S Duncan

Match Facts
Hull City are unbeaten in their last six league matches against Swansea City (W4 D2 L0).
The Tigers have won a league-low six points in Barclays Premier League home matches this season.
Swansea have lost a league-high 16 points from leading positions this season – losing four and drawing two of the 12 BPL matches that they have held a lead in.
Wilfried Bony has scored eight goals in his last 10 league appearances.
Of the 17 ever-present BPL sides in 2014, Hull have won the fewest points (27, 10 fewer than any other ever-present side).
The Swans have lost back to back league matches. They have yet to lose three BPL matches in a row under Garry Monk's management.

Hull

Hull

Manager: Steve Bruce

Swansea

Swansea

Manager: Garry Monk

Current form

Last six matches

lost

2 - 0 v Chelsea (A) 13 Dec 2014

drawn

0 - 0 v West Brom (H) 06 Dec 2014

drawn

1 - 1 v Everton (A) 03 Dec 2014

lost

3 - 0 v Man Utd (A) 29 Nov 2014

lost

1 - 2 v Spurs (H) 23 Nov 2014

lost

1 - 0 v Burnley (A) 08 Nov 2014
Last win/defeat

won

2 - 0 v Crystal Palace (H) 04 Oct 2014

lost

2 - 0 v Chelsea (A) 13 Dec 2014

Hull City club profile

Current form

Last six matches

lost

1 - 2 v Spurs (H) 14 Dec 2014

lost

3 - 1 v West Ham (A) 07 Dec 2014

won

2 - 0 v QPR (H) 02 Dec 2014

drawn

1 - 1 v Crystal Palace (H) 29 Nov 2014

lost

2 - 1 v Man City (A) 22 Nov 2014

won

2 - 1 v Arsenal (H) 09 Nov 2014
Last win/defeat

won

2 - 0 v QPR (H) 02 Dec 2014

lost

1 - 2 v Spurs (H) 14 Dec 2014

Swansea City club profile

Last corresponding meeting

Hull Swansea

Sat 05 Apr 2014 | The KC Stadium | Attendance: 22,744

Hull 1 - 0 Swansea
  • George Boyd (39)
  Possession
Hull 43%
Swansea 57%
Shots on Goal On Target Off Target
Hull 4 4
Swansea 2 9
  Fouls Yellow Cards Red Cards
Hull 6 0 0
Swansea 18 2 0
Total 24 2 0
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