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Media view: south Wales view on AFC Bournemouth v Swansea City

Posted: Sat 18 Mar 2017
Author: afcb.co.uk

We get the view from south Wales ahead of Swansea City's trip to play at Vitality Stadium this weekend

Ahead of the Saturday tea time match between AFC Bournemouth and Swansea City on Saturday we get the local knowledge on the Swans from Ian Mitchelmore of Wales Online.

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afcb.co.uk: What has Paul Clement changed to turn around the Swans' fortunes?

IM: It's been a complete transformation from when the team played under Bob Bradley. The first thing he did was to get the fans back on side as they'd completely lost faith under Bradley.

Clement has got the team working as a unit again and the stats suggest that there's a lot more running in the team now, which Martin Olsson highlighted when he first came to the club, saying he was knackered after training sessions.

He's got the work-rate up and they've reaped the rewards with some terrific results. Probably the only negative so far was the result at Hull City last weekend. There have been some great scalps such as the win at Anfield and some other good results.

Last weekend seems to be a bit of a minor blip in what has otherwise been a very positive run of form.
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afcb.co.uk: How likely do the fans think staying up is now?

IM: If you'd asked any fans at the start of the year the consensus was that the team didn't have a hope of staying up, but now it's the polar opposite and I don't think you could find a fan who thinks they'll go down anymore.

It shows you just how good a job Clement has done in just over two months. The fans are confident and they have good players in the squad, especially the ones signed in January like Olsson and Tom Carroll in particular.

They've been outstanding, though Olsson won't be available on Saturday which will be a huge loss for Swansea this weekend.

afcb.co.uk: What are the chances of Fernando Llorente making the game, and how big a loss would it be if he was missing?

IM: He was sorely missed after he went off at Hull and they capitalised with their late goals. Clement has said that Llorente has been training this week and he expects him to be fit for the weekend, or at least in contention.

He's been the first choice striker so I imagine that as long as he's there or there abouts with his fitness he'll play.

If he didn't it would be an enormous loss because he's been the focal point and the man banging in the goals, taking a lot of the pressure off Gylfi Sigurdsson who was carrying the mantle by himself under Francesco Guidolin and Bradley.
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afcb.co.uk: What is the Swansea view of their chances against the Cherries at Vitality Stadium?

IM: The Hull game was a bit of a reality check but is some ways it could be a bit of a blessing because everyone was think the club would stay up easily - now that loss has shocked everyone into the realisation that it's not done yet.

The Swans are three points ahead of the relegation zone so, like Bournemouth, Swansea see this game as an opportunity to edge further away.

I think most people would take a draw and with all things considered and a game against Middlesbrough coming up at home a draw against Bournemouth, who now seen to be playing well, would be a good result.