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Swansea City

 By Max Hicks

Gomis makes life after Bony difficult after alienating Swansea fans

Swansea have suffered in the wake of Wilfried Bony's departure, with Bafetimbi Gomis struggling to win over the fans.

There are lots of reasons which can explain Swansea's recent bad run of results. Injuries and suspensions have stretched a small squad while Ki Sung-Yeung's temporary loss to the Asian Cup has emphatically underlined his importance to his club side.

Most notably, Wilfried Bony's permanent departure has opened a power vacuum at the spearhead of Swansea's attack which heir apparent Bafetimbi Gomis has so far categorically failed to fill. The player's unwelcome suggestions that he might like to follow...

 By Michael Cox

Swansea and Southampton: Model clubs of the Premier League

The ESPN FC crew debate whom they believe is the best defender in the English Premier League, and settle on Chelsea as the best defensive unit in the league with John Terry at the helm.

This weekend the Premier League is preparing for a showdown between the division's best two clubs, as Manchester City travel to Chelsea for Saturday's late kickoff. It's a meeting between the top two, and while not realistically a true title decider, it's probably the biggest game of the season.

It's difficult, however, for the majority of other clubs to learn lessons from the Premier League's two title contenders. While Chelsea and Manchester City have performed well over the past half-decade...

 By Max Hicks

Lopsided loss highlights Swansea's need for defensive midfielder

Swansea's first match without Wilfried Bony proved to be a disaster, as Chelsea were firing on all cylinders.

Saturday's unexpected 5-0 hammering has provided almost too many talking points to know where to begin. Is it just that Chelsea are that good, or that Swansea were that bad during a squadwide off day? Were individuals to blame, or was the whole team culpable? In my view, Saturday's result was not so much about the players on the field as one player who wasn't.

No, I'm not talking about Wilfried Bony. I'm not sure even Bony could have made much difference on Saturday, given the difficulties Swansea...

Chelsea take title initiative in 5-0 dismantling of Swansea

Swansea's first match without Wilfried Bony proved to be a disaster, as Chelsea were firing on all cylinders.

SWANSEA, Wales -- Three quick thoughts on Chelsea's 5-0 hammering of Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

1. Chelsea reclaim title initiative

This time there was no controversy over officials, only officious command. If the Chelsea squad were genuinely angry about decisions from referees over the past few weeks, they took all their emotion out on Swansea City in an emphatic 5-0 win.

That's perhaps the true point of Jose Mourinho's regular diatribes about such things, to create...

 By Max Hicks

Low expectations for Chelsea visit, but Bafetimbi Gomis must step up

Bafetimbi Gomis could take advantage of Chelsea's recent poor form.

It seems like a long time ago that Swansea were a new team in the Premier League, with no expectations of getting a result against any other side. Three-and-a-half seasons later, their credentials are now firmly established, with a League Cup in the trophy cabinet and foray into Europe two particular highlights. Still, there are some clubs against which nobody ever expects a result, and Chelsea are one of those clubs.

The "big six" threshold is a strange phenomenon. The smallest of the Premier League's...

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What does Wilfried Bony's signing do for City? Six points on the £28M man

The ESPN FC crew approve of Wilfried Bony joining Manchester City. The Ivorian gives the champions options up front, scoring 25 goals in 54 Premier League matches.

Manchester City and Swansea were none too happy that Wilfried Bony's transfer was announced by the Ivory Coast Football Federation before they could reveal it on their own website pages -- in his new club's case, a bespoke Photoshop and hashtag.

It was hardly as if a great secret was being revealed. Bony's 28 million...