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 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...

Wilfried Bony will sit on Man City bench says Swansea director

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says Wilfried Bony is likely to be the club's only piece of business during the January transfer window.

A Swansea director has said that Wilfried Bony is destined to be on the bench for Manchester City.

The Ivorian striker became the biggest signing of the January transfer window when the Premier League champions paid Swansea an initial 25 million pounds for him, which could rise another three million pounds with add-ons.

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But John van Zweden feels City sold Bony on the cheap, citing the 27 million-pound fee Manchester United agreed for left-back Luke Shaw last summer. And he lamented the loss of their...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Garry Monk disagrees with both of Swansea's red cards vs. Blackburn

Gylfi Sigurdsson became the eighth Swansea player to be sent off this season.

Swansea manager Garry Monk disagreed with both red cards his players received after a 3-1 defeat at Blackburn in the FA Cup on Saturday.

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Kyle Bartley was sent off in only the seventh minute for denying a clear goal scoring opportunity and bringing down the pacey Josh King as the last man.

And at the tail end of the game, Gylfi Sigurdsson showed his frustration with a reckless lunge at Taylor to become the second visiting player sent off.

Monk has been vocal in his belief his side have been...

Rudy Gestede strikes to send Blackburn past nine-man Swansea

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Rudy Gestede showed why he is reported to be interesting a number of Premier League sides with the crucial goal as Blackburn sent nine-man Swansea tumbling out of the FA Cup in the fourth round.

Kyle Bartley was sent off in only the seventh minute for a denying a clear goalscoring opportunity but Gylfi Sigurdsson put the 10 men ahead in the 21st minute with a glorious strike.

However, Rovers levelled two minutes later through Chris Taylor and substitute Gestede, formerly of Cardiff, put the hosts...

 By PA Sport

Garry Monk promises Swansea will rebound quickly from thrashing

Flush with cash from the Wilfried Bony sale, Swansea boss Garry Monk will be under pressure to shore up his team's midfield.
Swansea are coming off a 5-0 defeat to Chelsea, but Garry Monk says that scoreline won't repeat itself this weekend.

Garry Monk has promised Swansea will respond in the FA Cup at Blackburn following their Chelsea embarrassment last weekend.

Swansea suffered their worst home defeat for 24 years as Jose Mourinho's Premier League leaders ran riot to win 5-0 at the Liberty Stadium, but Monk says his players have been impatient for Saturday's fourth-round cup tie at Ewood Park to come around.

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"I've been on the end of those results as a player and you can't wait for the next game to come -- it doesn't matter if it's...