December 18, 2018

Ghana striker Jordan Ayew wins Swansea City Player of the month award

11 February 2018, 07:43 | Devin Moran

Carlos Carvalhal says relieving the stress of his Swansea players has been key but jokes he 'does not work in the circus'

Carlos Carvalhal says relieving the stress of his Swansea players has been key but jokes he 'does not work in the circus'

Ayew's contribution to the Swans attack has not gone unnoticed as he weighed in with two goals. Before Christmas, the South Wales club found themselves tipped as the Premier League's relegation favorites come May.

Swansea hope to extend their remarkable recovery against Sean Dyche's Burnley, who remain seventh in the Premier League despite a dramatic downturn in form. Coming off the back of an empathic 8-1 win against Notts County in their FA Cup replay, Swansea are now unbeaten in their last 10 matches in all competitions.

It took until the 81st minute for the Swans to get their goal, but they were good value for the win against a very solid Burnley side. Now sat in 17th position, a win on Saturday afternoon could see Carvalhal's side jump as high as 13th.

Carvalhal is an engaging character whose descriptions of his January transfer targets - "I will look to the lobsters and sea bass, but if not we must buy sardines" - or likening beating Liverpool to "stopping a Formula 1 auto in London traffic" have caused enormous reactions on social media.

Dyche's side still don't win enough away games because they are low scoring, but you can nearly guarantee their defending will be better than Arsenal's slipshod efforts in Swansea's last home league game.

Burnley are without a Premier League win in nine games (D5 L4), the longest current winless run in the division.

Last time out, the Swans claimed a hard-fought point in a 1-1 draw against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

The visitors have a lengthy injury-list and they will be without the likes of Robbie Brady, Jonathan Walters, Dean Marney, Steven Defour and Chris Wood.

The side have lost only one of six league games under the new boss, and recorded some unbelievable results including wins over Liverpool and Arsenal.

Despite starting brightly, Burnley have now not won a single match in their last 10 attempts (L5, D5).

Burnley have been upsetting the odds ever since their 3-2 win at champions Chelsea on the opening day of the season and a key factor in their sustained form has been a solid away record of W4 D6 L3.

Four of five PL meetings between these two sides have ended with less than 2.5 goals.

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