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 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...

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Tommy's Tips: Swansea, Aston Villa in tight clash

ESPN FC's Tommy Smyth gives his betting odds for Swansea City against Aston Villa, where he feels a draw is likely.

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Bony gets Monk vote

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Swansea manager Garry Monk has labelled Aston Villa's in-form striker Christian Benteke a Boxing Day threat - but has hinted he would not swap him for his own powerhouse forward Wilfried Bony.

Belgian powerhouse Benteke has been back to his best in recent weeks following injury and suspension, grabbing a superb solo winner in Villa's victory at Crystal Palace before scoring possibly an even better goal in the 1-1 draw against Manchester United last weekend.

It has been a long road back for Benteke...

 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.

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 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.

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