Aston Villa

Aston Villa vs Swansea: Top 10 Prematch Facts

Aston Villa will have been relieved to have gained their first Premier league point of Paul Lambert’s tenure, with Ciaran Clark’s first half strike enough to earn a draw against Newcastle

– Despite failing to score in Aston Villa’s opening three matches, a goal surely cannot be far away for Darren Bent, who appears to be in relatively sharp form with 5 of his 6 shots on goal this season being on target

– Striker Brett Holman might do well to re-direct some of the energy he’s showcased for Aston Villa this season. Despite recording only 2 shots on goal, both off-target, he ranks third in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for total tackles with 19

– Villa will also be looking for defender Ron Vlaar to continue his good start to his career at Villa Park against free-scoring Swansea. He has a solid 73% success rate with his 11 challenges this season according to the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index

– Swansea twice came from behind to claim a hard-fought point away to Sunderland with goals from Michu and Wayne Routledge, and had to survive with 10 men for the final 20 minutes after Chico’s straight red card

– Having been snapped up by Swansea, Michu is already looking like one of the buys of the season. Despite being a newcomer to the Premier League, the prolific striker shares the lead for the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index having taken his goal tally for the season to 4 in the Swans’ last fixture against Sunderland

– After a stellar first season in the Premier League last time around, Nathan Dyer has continued his form under Michael Laudrup this season with an impressive 2 goals and 2 assists already contributed

– Swansea have clearly moved wisely in the transfer market recently, buying players who are willing to work hard for the team Jonathan de Guzman was Swansea’s top worker against Sunderland, covering an impressive 6.61 miles. He also clocked Swansea’s highest average speed at 4.38mph.  Chico will be looking for even more consistent results from his defensive efforts this weekend. He’s lost out in 46% of his challenges this season

– Angel Rangel’s work-ethic continues to impress for Swansea. He leads the Swans squad for distance covered with 18.51 miles so far and has covered more ground than any of his team mates in 2 of their opening 3 matches

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