Swansea City - Leicester City Preview: Can the Swans get their season back on track?
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Coming off the back of the defeat to LiverpoolSwansea City are in a desperate need for points this weekend as the pressure continues to mount on manager Garry Monk, but with Leicester City having their best start ever to a Premier League campaign, they face a tough test. 

Recent form 

Both teams are coming into the game in very contrasting form. Swansea have won just one of their previous 10 as their poor form continues, seeing them slip to just outside the relegation zone by four points. 

The Foxes, however, are in great form, currently sitting second in the table and only trailing league leaders Manchester City by goal difference after causing the shock of the season with a phenomenal turnaround from last year, when they narrowly escaped relegation. 

The visitors have a good run of form stretching all the way back to last season, losing only one game in their previous 18, which will see them turn up to the Liberty Stadium with confidence and the belief that they can get the job done. 

Leicester are continuing to surprise football fans every week with their dominant displays, and Monk shares the general feel about the club, saying, "I believe Leicester have done brilliantly."

However he was quick to bring his opponents reality crashing back down to earth, adding that, "history shows you that in terms of whether they are title contenders, the answer is probably not."

Still, given that they are undefeated on the road so far this season, it's unlikely that Claudio Ranieri will be effected by such comments.

Even though as a team Leicester are the surprise package of the season, it's striker Jamie Vardy that is stealing all the headlines, breaking a league record by scoring in 11 consecutive games and he will be hoping to extend that run to 12 tomorrow. 

Team News

Tomorrow's game will see the return of Jonjo Shelvey to the Swansea squad after missing the game against Liverpool through suspension, something that is sure to boost the Welsh side. 

Shelvey has been one of the clubs standout players so far during this campaign and having him back in the fold will certainly strengthen them, but given the improved team performance against Liverpool, walking back into the team might not be so simple for the midfielder. 

Jonjo Shelvey is back available for Swansea this weekend after serving a suspension. (Photo: Guardian)
Jonjo Shelvey is back available for Swansea this weekend after serving a suspension. (Photo: Guardian)

The Swans will be without back-up defender Franck Tabanou, who injured his thigh during training, but overall Monk has a complete squad to select from, meaning there are no excuses going into the game. 

For the visitors, they will be without Ritchie de Laet who suffered an ankle injury in training and is set to be out of action for the remainder of the month, and loanee Nathan Dyer will be ineligible to play due to the nature of his loan from parent club Swansea. 

It's a crucial game for Swansea as the need for points is becoming greatly important, and given they haven't lost to the Foxes at home in their last three meetings, they will simply be hoping history can repeat itself.