Swansea booked its place in the competition by winning the Capital One Cup last season. They had to play two preliminary rounds. Michael Laudrup 's men have eliminated Malmö (4-0 on aggregate) and Petrolul (6-3 on aggregate) . In both rounds, the Swans have crushed their opponents in the first leg at home which allowed them to make a turnover away. Swansea made a big recruitment this summer taking Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony, author of 31 goals in 30 league games last season and which has already score four times in his new shirt . The Swans have also recruited English youth international (ex Liverpool) Shelvey , who made a very big game last weekend against Liverpool. In the league, Swansea is 13th. The Swans have had a very tough schedule with the receipt of Manchester United travel to Tottenham and West Brom and finally receiving Liverpool. Since the first day, Swansea is getting stronger. Indeed, after losing 4-1 at home against United, the Swans were defeated Tottenham 1-0 on a penalty of Soldado . To West Brom , Swansea dominated and won 2-0. Last Sunday, Swansea conceded a 2-2 draw at home against Liverpool. They had many occasions and would certainly deserved to win the match .. For this game , winger Pablo Hernandez ( 3/1) is injured. Leon Britton (mid 2/ 0) got a red card against Petrolul and is suspended.
Valencia had a very tough start of the season. Since their narrow victory (1-0) against Malaga during the first day, Valence strung defeats. Valencia first lost 3-1 on the field of Espanyol before losing 3-2 at home against FC Barcelona and 3-1 to Seville against Betis . This team has major defensive problems and still finding its central pair between the former Ligue 1 Ricardo Costa , Jeremy Mathieu and Adil Rami. Moreover, the attack must deal without the top scorer Roberto Soldado who join Valence this summer. For this game, Victor Ruiz and Oriol Romeu have not been retained in the group by Miroslav Djukic for "tactical reasons."
Without Soldado , Valencia is again an ordinary team. They do not have players who can really make a difference. In addition, the morale is low after the poor start to the season . Swansea has a great team this year. With fast players like Bony and Routledge, the team is able to project forward quickly . I think the Swans are able to bring more than one point to Spain.
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