In the past couple of games, Francesco Guidolin has named the starting eleven while Alan Curtis has made the in-game changes. They are likely to continue in the same fashion against the Cherries, with the Italian still ill.
Defence pushing for back-to-back clean sheets
The Polish shot-stopper has dipped in form relatively compared to his outstanding campaign last year, but recently his form has improved and he made some outstanding saves against Arsenal and Norwich. The number one will again remain between the posts and will have the task of keeping the likes of Benik Afobe and Josh King out.
The right-back spot is really up for grabs at Swansea. Both Angel Rangel and Kyle Naughton have been rotating in the role for the majority of the season, with Naughton usually playing more when the team intend on playing a counter-attacking style. With respect to Bournemouth, the Welsh club will more than likely look to play this game on the front foot and try to have the lion's share of possession, which means the Spaniard looks more likely to continue from his impressive performance against Norwich.
Jordi Amat seems to have impressed Guidolin in training, which is why he has seen minutes towards the end of games playing in midfield. The partnership of Federico Fernandez and Ashley Williams shouldn’t be broken up though, as the two have been one of few success stories Swansea have seen this season.
A strong contender for Swansea’s Player of the Year award; Williams is fantastic week in and week out. When he isn’t stringing passes along the defence and playing the patented Swansea way, he is making goal-saving blocks that fans have just come to expect these days. He is extremely undervalued not just among fans around the league, but even Swansea fans. When he doesn’t play to his absolute best it really stands out, he is that good.
Until recently it seemed like the left-back spot was Neil Taylor’s locked up, at least until the end of the season. This was until Stephen Kingsley came out of nowhere and started against Arsenal. And not only did he just start, he was excellent. He also attacked down the left-hand flank in a way that Taylor doesn’t have in his locker. That’s fine though as the Welshman excels in other areas. Kingsley did pick up a knock in that Arsenal game too and that could play a part in Taylor starting ahead of him here.
I won’t apologise for the pun. After 55 minutes against Norwich, Leroy Fer was introduced for Leon Britton in an attempt to become a more attacking threat. He came in, got a wonderful assist for Gylfi Sigurdsson’s goal and looked like he had been playing in Swansea’s system for years. Especially with Ki being out of form, Fer could be here to stay.
The two man midfield of Fer and Jack Cork played outstandingly well in the second half against Norwich, but with Swansea looking to stay on the front foot and trying to retain possession, Britton is everything you want when trying to play that way. With just 55 minutes played against Arsenal and Norwich, he will be fully fit too. The only issue is whether Swansea will use a three-man midfield or change to a two to give the side an extra forward player.
Cork usually gives you a seven out of ten every game, but lately he has been playing at a much higher level. Right now, he’s one of the first names on the teamsheet, and rightly so. The only concern is that he played 90 minutes against both Arsenal and Norwich, so he might need a rest, but otherwise he is nailed on to start.
Sigurdsson & co
This calendar year, Sigurdsson has been one of the best players in the Premier League - a huge turnaround from the first few months of the season, where he really looked lost. It doesn’t take a genius to understand that part of his recent form is because Jonjo Shelvey was moved on, so the entire creative burden was placed on Sigurdsson’s shoulders. Which is how he wants to play, and in the number 10 role recently he has looked fantastic, and that should continue against Bournemouth.
His form has dipped since Guidolin’s appointment, and there have been calls for Modou Barrow to replace him in the starting XI. However, with Swansea struggling for goals, someone like André Ayew, who can chip in with a few, is extremely valuable. Furthermore, Barrow could be of more use coming off the bench against tired legs.
The quality of service hasn’t been outstanding, but Alberto Paloschi does have one Swansea goal to his name which will help his confidence massively. If Guidolin is the one who picks the starting eleven then Paloschi will likely start, if Alan Curtis takes the reign then we could see Ayew as the number nine.