Hull City-Swansea City Preview

JEFF FLETCHER (STATS European Editor)
The Associated Press

Swansea will be looking to secure back-to-back Premier League victories for the first time in over a year when they play Hull City at Liberty Stadium Monday evening.

The Swans (5-3-6) bounced back from a 3-0 defeat at Manchester City last weekend to beat in-form Newcastle 3-0 at home on Wednesday with strikes from Nathan Dyer, Jonjo Shelvey and an own goal by Mathieu Debuchy. It was only Swansea's second home win of the season and ended Newcastle four-game match winning streak.

Swansea captain Ashley Williams was delighted with win against the Magpies and challenged his side to achieve another positive result on Monday.

"It was a really important win for us, especially after the defeat at Man City last weekend," Williams told his club's website. "We wanted to go out, perform and get the result, which we did. The performance was really good.

"These two consecutive home games are against teams which we feel we can beat. We have managed to do half of the job thanks to beating Newcastle, but now we face a Hull side that has recently beaten Liverpool. So we are well aware of their quality. It's going to be a massive game again for us, just like the Newcastle match, so we will be working hard from now until Monday night to ensure we are ready for that game."

Swansea may be without a recognized striker in their starting lineup against Hull. All three of the Welsh club's forwards - Michu (ankle), Wilfried Bony (hamstring) and Alvaro Vasquez (groin) - have suffered injuries and are in danger of missing the match.

Hull (5-2-7) are one point and one place below Swansea in the standings. They beat high-flying Liverpool 3-1 at home last weekend but lost 2-0 at Arsenal on Wednesday.

The Tigers have not traveled well this season and lost six of their seven away matches in the Premier League. Their form overall has been disappointing in recent weeks, and they have taken just six points from their last seven league matches.

Hull defender Alex Bruce is pleased the Swansea match is scheduled for Monday and not over the weekend as it will give the Tigers extra time to prepare for the trip to south Wales.

"The last two games have taken a lot out of us physically but we've got an extra couple of days to recover now compared to what we would normally have," he told his club's official website. "We also know that Swansea will be a difficult game as well, so those extra couple of days of preparation are going to be vital. Hopefully we can go down there and pick up some points.

"Swansea are a good footballing side, but then when you look at the Premier League you're not going to come up against anybody that can't play the game. We know that one will be tough, but we've played some good teams so far and taken maximum points so hopefully we can do that again on Monday night."

Hull will be without the injured Sone Aluko, Stephen Quinn and Paul McShane, but Curtis Davies is available after serving a one-match suspension.

The last league encounters between Swansea and Hull occurred during the 2010-2011 Championship season. Hull took four points off the Swans in that campaign, winning 2-0 at home on goals by John Bostock and Ian Ashbee. The sides drew 1-1 at the Liberty Stadium, with Corry Evans canceling out a Mark Gower goal for Swansea.