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BT Sport's Premier League 2017/18 season preview: Swansea City

Everything you need to know about Swansea City ahead of the 2017/18 Premier League season on BT Sport.

FOOTBALL 09/08/17 14:52
Swansea City

Last season: 15th

The fact that Swansea City are still in the Premier League represents a fantastic achievement considering how bleak the situation looked when they sacked Bob Bradley in December after just 85 days in charge.

The American, already the Swans second manager of the season, never looked comfortable in English football and the fans were calling for his head long before chairman Huw Jenkins pulled the trigger.

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Going through three managers in a single season is never a recipe for success but fortunately for the Welsh club it was a case of third time lucky as Carlo Ancelotti’s long-time assistant Paul Clement came in and settled the ship.

A 15th place finish flattered them, Swansea were the last team to secure their safety after all, and the club will hope for a much less stressful season this time around.

Glass half full: Paul Clement did a fantastic job to stabilise Swansea last season and the Swans will be better for having a full season to fully get to know their manager and his philosophy. Big-money signing Roque Mesa should be able to hit the ground running while Tammy Abraham scored 23 goals for Bristol City last season and might be ready to make his mark on the Premier League.

Glass half empty: Swansea City have been on a downward curve for the last three seasons and are yet to address the fundamental problems within the squad. Abraham is yet to prove he can cut it in the Premier League while a number of top clubs continue to circle around Gylfi Sigurdsson.

New kids on the block: Roque Mesa – Las Palmas, Tammy Abraham – Chelsea (loan), Cian Harries – Coventry, Marc Walsh – Finn Harps, Erwin Mulder – Heerenveen.

Left the building: Jack Cork – Burnley, Gerhard Tremmel – released, Marvin Emnes – released, Liam Shephard – Peterborough, Josh Vickers – Lincoln, Owain Jones – released, Tom Dyson – released, Tom Holland – The New Saints, Alex Samuel – Stevenage, Borja Baston – Malaga (loan), Jordi Amat – Real Betis (loan), Bafatembi Gomis – Galatasary, Daniel James – Shrewsbury (loan), Franck Tabanou – released, Liam Edwards – Hull, Keston Davies – Yeovil (loan), Connor Roberts – Middlesbrough.

The gaffer: Paul Clement – Carlo Ancelotti’s former right-hand man has long coveted a job in the Premier League and he took his opportunity with both hands as he guided the Swans to safety after their disastrous start to the season.

Star man: Gylfi Sigurdsson – The talismanic Icelander has been linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium and it is not hard to see why clubs would be keen to secure his services. Sigurdsson scored nine goals and chipped in with 13 assists last season and keeping him will be vital to their hopes this year.

One to watch: Tammy Abraham – The England under-21 striker has been desperate for his chance in the Premier League and a season on-loan at Swansea City could be perfect for him with opportunities limited at Chelsea. Swans fans will be hoping he can have a similar impact to Daniel Sturridge when he had an important spell at Bolton as a youngster.

First five games: Southampton (A), Manchester United (H), Crystal Palace (A), Newcastle United (H), Tottenham Hotspur (H).

Betting preview

Premier League Title Odds: 1000/1

Top Four Odds: 250/1

Relegation Odds: 9/4

Top Goalscorer Odds: Fernando Llorente 10/11

Star Bet: Swansea’s season clicked with five games to go last year as they picked up 13 points from a possible 15 and avoided relegation by a healthy gap of seven points from Hull City. However, since their eighth place finish in 2015 it’s been a downhill slope for the Welsh club and this could be the end of the road for them. Tammy Abraham did the business for Bristol City could find himself sitting on the bench before long if he fails to find the net as he steps up in quality and pressure grows on Paul Clement. To be relegated – Swansea 9/4

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