This encounter features two sides who have experienced a change in manager over the summer, although it has to be said that visitors Swansea are faring more successfully under their new boss. Michael Laudrup has taken the Premiership by storm in his new role at the Liberty Stadium and the Swans approach this clash sat in the lofty position of 2nd. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of his opposite number Paul Lambert, with the former Norwich boss struggling at Villa Park as the home side occupy 17th position.
It has to be said that compared to several teams in the division, Aston Villa’s start to the campaign wasn’t too difficult and the fact they lost both their opening games was certainly disappointing for supporters. There have been slight signs of improvement in recent outings, with the Villains comfortably beating Tranmere in the League Cup before managing an impressive 1-1 draw with Newcastle in their latest Premier League outing. The above results indicate that Paul Lambert is at least making progress in his new role, although there is still an awful long way to go for the Villa Park outfit. His predecessor, Alex McLeish, experienced terrible troubles with his own supporters at home games last term and Lambert will be hoping that he can start to oversee an upturn in form to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
Swansea on the other hand have started the campaign in dream fashion. A lot of people thought that the Liberty Stadium outfit would suffer from the dreaded “second season syndrome” after Brendan Rodgers departed, yet it looks as though they are coping fantastically well following his exit after accumulating seven points from their opening three games. Even though most of the club’s games have occurred at home this term, supporters should still be confident of a positive result in this clash after their sole away game of the campaign resulted in a 5-0 victory over QPR.
After completing various deals in the build-up to the transfer deadline, Aston Villa look set to hand debuts to several players such as Joe Bennett and Christian Benteke. With Gabby Agbonlahor also recovering from his injury, it looks as though Paul Lambert has certainly been gifted with some positive team news for the club’s first game after the international break. The visitors on the other hand have a couple of defensive woes, with a long-term injury keeping Neil Taylor out while Chico Flores is absent through suspension. However, Michael Laudrup at least has the likes of Ben Davies, Alan Tate and Dwight Tiendalli waiting in the wings as direct replacements.
As for a prediction, we think this game could conclude in a draw. Aston Villa seemingly turned a corner following their recent draw at Newcastle and bearing this in mind, we think the Villains will at least be able to hold high flying Swansea to a stalemate. With that, we’ll tip a goalless draw.