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Swansea City

 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,...

 By Chris Wright

BBC Sport commentator turns Hull City match preview into work of art

How to make sure people read your Hull preview...

Faced with the prospect of hammering out a match preview for Saturday afternoon's fairly nondescript Premier League fixture between Hull and Swansea City, BBC commentator Alistair Mann decided to jazz things up a bit.

Mann cobbled together a wonderfully impressive 30-line poem to set the scene for the game at the KC Stadium.

Why, it even rhymes and everything! Here's Mann's masterful work in full:

"Back in April, all was well, the Tigers roar was loud,

The Swans they left defeated, the home fans'...