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 By Max Hicks

Swansea faith in Monk to be severely tested against Liverpool at Anfield

Garry Monk's Swansea are seeking their third straight Premier League victory on Wednesday.
Garry Monk is under intense pressure as Swansea boss.

Garry Monk's uninspired Swansea team aren't making life easy for themselves. The squad will hope to put a torrid stretch of one win in 10 games behind them this Sunday, away to Jurgen Klopp's rejuvenated Liverpool. If Swansea's misery is extended, as seems likely, things aren't about to get any easier with fixtures against league leaders Leicester, Manchester City and West Ham to come before Christmas.

Maybe the side will thrive facing difficulty. Monk and the Swans' board, who have stuck by their...

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The Premier League relegation battle is intensifying already

Swansea's Garry Monk, left, and Eddie How of Bournemouth, right, are both facing relegation battles.

With 13 matches having been played, over a third of the Premier League season has now gone and, as a hectic December approaches, the relegation battle is taking shape.

Aston Villa's encounter with Watford on Saturday looks like the first of a series of "six-pointers" that also includes Villa's trip to Newcastle on Dec. 19 for a meeting of two traditionally big clubs, who are currently in dire trouble.

If Chelsea, currently 15th, are to be removed from the picture on the grounds of the sheer unlikelihood...

 By Max Hicks

Swansea show spirit in 2-2 Bournemouth draw, but it isn't enough

Swansea City fought a two-goal deficit to draw 2-2 with Bournemouth at Liberty Stadium.
Swansea City manager Garry Monk says his side really wanted to win against Bournemouth but it didn't go according to plan.
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe believes his players were excellent against Swansea City and deservedly scored twice.

Swansea's 2-2 draw against Bournemouth on Saturday was enough to keep Garry Monk in a job, although the board probably wouldn't have swung the ax even if Swansea lost. Chairman Huw Jenkins' close friendship with his manager has apparently given Monk more margin for error than most get, but a loss would have seriously tested Jenkins' apparent loyalty.

There are many who will applaud Swansea for sticking by their manager in tough times, and if nothing else, the law of averages suggests that the...

 By Max Hicks

Garry Monk running out of time at Swansea ahead of Bournemouth clash

Swansea boss Garry Monk insists his side can get out of their troubled spell.

Garry Monk's Swansea have one won just once in nine games and the young manager's future is uncertain.

A home win to Bournemouth on Saturday will give Monk the breathing space he needs, but should Swansea lose, they may be looking for a new manager.

A quick comparison between Monk's recent record and those of other Premier League managers who have already been sacked this season shows the Swans' man is very much living on the edge.

His last 10 games in all competitions have produced a 20 percent...

 By Alex Shaw

Anfield atmosphere among worst in Premier League as fans give verdicts

The ESPN FC crew discuss fans leaving early in matches and our match-goers believe the Premier League can improve.

What's it really like to attend a Premier League match? Many watch from afar and don't know, so we polled our ESPN FC match-going bloggers -- the guys in the stands week in, week out -- to find out how they rate the atmosphere and experience.

They didn't hold back. Not surprisingly, our Arsenal blogger considered the Emirates too corporate while our Liverpool blogger didn't hold back when asked about the atmosphere at Anfield.


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Here are the results of our informal poll ...

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 By Max Hicks

Swansea spinning their wheels after latest loss at Norwich

Garry Monk says his side's recent run of poor form doesn't indicate a lack of talent for Swansea.

Swansea's awful run continued on Saturday with a 1-0 defeat to a Norwich side who had been stuck in a rut of their own heading into the game. A drab match seemed to be heading for a draw until more sloppy set-piece defending gave Norwich a way out of the darkness at Swansea's expense.

With now just one win in nine games, the word crisis seems more of a sober observation than a hysterical over-reaction. Worse, manager Garry Monk seems to have no solution. It's easy to look at the enormous amount...