PREM: Swansea City v Leicester City preview


Swansea City v Leicester City preview

Jordan Ayew could make his Swansea debut this weekend as they host Leicester in a vital relegation clash .


The Ghana international joined the club on Deadline Day but is yet to make an appearance as he was playing for his country at the Africa Cup of Nations, where they made the semi-finals.

Both teams are languishing just above the relegation zone by a point, with Swans boss Paul Clement - named Premier League manager of the month for January on Friday - urging his side to make their home advantage count.

"The two teams are level on points and we will not play each other again this season, so that adds an extra spice to the fixture," Clement told Swansea's official website. "We are at home, which is a clear advantage, so we need to make use of that."

Claudio Ranieri's side were in FA Cup replay action in midweek where they overcame local rivals Derby 3-1 to reach the fifth round, and the Italian wants his team to use the result as a springboard for a vital three league points.

"I am confident in my players. The win against Derby in the FA Cup will give us more confidence and we have to keep going. It is an important battle, a very tough match," Ranieri said.

Ki Sung-yueng (knee) and Jefferson Montero (hamstring) are definitely ruled out for Swansea, while Leon Britton might also be missing with a recurrence of a calf problem.

Leicester boss Ranieri swapped 10 players for the FA Cup replay in midweek, and the likes of Kasper Schmeichel, Robert Huth, Wes Morgan, Danny Drinkwater, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy are all expected to return to the team.

Demarai Gray is pushing for a starting place after impressing on Wednesday night, while Islam Slimani (groin) is fit again and recent signing Molla Wague could be involved in the squad. However, Leonardo Ulloa (thigh) remains out.


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