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Swansea vs Bournemouth – Match Preview

As almost as quickly as he arrived Bob Bradley’s time at The Liberty Stadium came to an end on Tuesday night. The final nail in the coffin for the former United States National Team Head Coach was the 4-1 defeat to West Ham at The Liberty Stadium.

With the American owners wising up to the error of their ways and with a transfer window just about to open, it was obvious that if Bradley was to go then now would be the time as results on the pitch didn’t fulfill confidence in spending money wisely off it.

That means that once again Swansea are looking for a new man to take charge and once again Alan Curtis has been drafted in to take caretaker charge of the club for this game at least. With talk of Neil Clement or Gary Rowett being lined up to take over it does perhaps point to preparation for life in The Championship but with the club only 4 points from safety all is not lost just yet.

They will give themselves a fighting chance if they can pick up a win at home to Bournemouth this Afternoon. After the toxic atmosphere of Boxing Day you would like to think that there will be a bit more harmony and unity from the crowd going into this game.

And they go into this game with a team low on confidence and a defence that is seemingly leaking goals for fun right now. With 41 goals conceded they are shipping more than 2 per game on average, the first thing that Alan Curtis and whoever the new boss turns out to be need to do is plug that very leaky hole at the back.

With the visit of Bournemouth this Afternoon the fixture computer hasn’t been particularly unkind to Alan Curtis and he will look at this game as something that Swansea could well get something out of. Bournemouth come here off of back to back defeats and will look to put an end to that in South Wales.

The Cherries find themselves 12th after defeat to Chelsea on Boxing Day. They were the latest side to attempt to end The Blues incredible streak but like the 11 teams before them they were simply brushed aside. There’s no real shame in a 3-0 defeat to Chelsea right now.

That said there were once again defensive lapses by Bournemouth and this is an issue that has been all too common for Eddie Howe’s side this season. Perhaps some defensive reinforcements of their own might be required when the transfer window opens in a couple of days.

With Bournemouth’s propensity to concede goals also this might be something that a rejuvenated Swansea can look to try and take advantage of. With the new (caretaker) manager lift I have a sneaky feeling they might just get a point. I mean at the end of the day Alan Curtis can do absolutely no worse than Bob Bradley…….can he? . I’ll go for a share of the points as Swansea restore some pride before the new man takes over.

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