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Swansea City

 By Max Hicks

Swansea would benefit from playing Bafe Gomis, Wilfried Bony together

Swansea City manager discusses signing Benfica striker Nélson Oliveira on loan until the end of the season.

This season Swansea get to play their Boxing Day fixture at home, which the players ought to be pretty happy about. Last season's Boxing Day match involved a trip to London and a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea; this time it's middleweight Aston Villa at the Liberty.

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Swansea should be able to build on last week's 1-0 victory over Hull, a timely but scrappy win which halted a two-game slide. Villa held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw, so the visitors might just have the psychological...

 By Alex Shaw

Premier League Report Cards: How has your team fared so far this season?

The ESPN FC crew give their Premier League week 17 team of the weekend, which includes three Manchester City players and Queens Park Rangers hat-trick hero, Charlie Austin.

As we approach the midway point in the 2014-15 Premier League season, it's time to have a look back at the campaign so far. We asked our ESPN FC bloggers to tackle seven questions. Who's your side's unlikely hero, and who has work to do?

Premier League Report Card

1. Grade

2. Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

3. Highlight

4. Lowpoint

5. Surprise Star

6. Must Do Better

7. Great Expectations

Each team's grade for the season so far is below. Click on the team name for a comprehensive summary.

Club-by-club guide

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Leicester
(C-)

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Hull City
(D)

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Burnley
(C-)

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Crystal Palace
(C-)

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QPR
(E)

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West Brom
(D)

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Sunderland
(C)

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Stoke City
(B-)








 By Max Hicks

Swansea Report Card: A summary of the Swans' Premier League season

Swansea City manager Garry Monk hailed his side's resilience after a 1-0 win against Hull City.

With the Premier League season edging towards its halfway point, who has starred for Swansea and can Wilfried Bony keep up his form to push the Swans towards Europe? Here's a look at how Garry Monk's club have fared so far.

Grade: B

Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

A sink-or-swim season with a rookie manager in charge has so far seen the Swans not just stay afloat but hit a convincing front crawl.

Highlight

November's 2-1 victory over Arsenal was satisfying enough for the obvious reasons, but...

Premier League's Best XI outside the established order

Prem XI
ESPN FC's Best of the Rest.

Some facts get quoted so often they become footballing cliches. Seamus Coleman cost 60,000 pounds. Rickie Lambert used to work in a beetroot factory. And now there is the newest: Wilfried Bony has scored more Premier League goals than anyone else in 2014.

There are circumstances to explain what, at first, seemed a strange statistic. Luis Suarez, Diego Costa and Alexis Sanchez spent only part of the calendar year in England. Daniel Sturridge and Sergio Aguero missed significant parts of it because...

 By Alex Shaw

Premier League Report Cards: How has your team fared so far this season?

The ESPN FC crew give their Premier League week 17 team of the weekend, which includes three Manchester City players and Queens Park Rangers hat-trick hero, Charlie Austin.

As we approach the midway point of the 2014-15 Premier League season, it's time to have a look back at the campaign so far. We asked our ESPN FC bloggers to tackle seven questions on their sides. Who's your side's unlikely hero and who has work to do?

Premier League Report Card

1. Grade

2. Your Season So Far -- In A Sentence

3. Highlight

4. Lowpoint

5. Surprise Star

6. Must Do Better

7. Great Expectations

Each team's grade for the season so far is below -- click on the team name for a comprehensive summary.

Club-by-club guide

Countdown
Leicester
(C-)

Countdown
Hull City
(D)

Countdown
Burnley
(C-)

Countdown
Crystal Palace
(C-)

Countdown
QPR
(E)

Countdown
West Brom
(D)

Countdown
Sunderland
(C)

Countdown
Stoke...








 By Max Hicks

Swansea must get Gomis up to speed ahead of Bony's exit in January

Swansea City manager Garry Monk hailed his side's resilience after a 1-0 win against Hull City.

Hull's misery continued Saturday as Swansea chalked up their first-ever win at the KC Stadium. Here are three observations from the game:

All change

It was a surprise to see Swansea coach Garry Monk make seven changes to the team that battled so hard in the 2-1 defeat to Tottenham last week. Apparently three players who started in that match -- Jefferson Montero, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Leon Britton -- all picked up minor knocks and weren't risked against Hull.

Hull had a makeshift team of their own,...