Swansea were supposed to be the one side nailed on for relegation when they appointed Carlos Carvalhal. They were behind the bottom pack by a margin, their summer signings Bony and Sanches had not worked out in their favour and they had appointed a manager who had recently been sacked by a team in the lower half of the Championship.
However, in their last 6 games, they have lost once and won thrice, winning against teams above them in the table like Arsenal, Liverpool and Watford. Carvalhal has focused on giving them a stern side defensively but they are not blunt in attack either, scoring 3 goals against Arsenal and then blasting away Notts County 8-1 in the FA Cup. They have to keep this form up and the coming weeks will be crucial to their survival in the top flight. Let’s see how Swansea City’s assets can be utilised in our FPL teams.
In their next 8 matches, Swansea have 7 games with an FDR of 2. These are matches that they should be looking to get points from or they will get dragged back to the drop zone.
What to expect
Swansea don’t have a very expansive style of play. Under Carvalhal, they will try to exploit the weaknesses of their opponents as much as they can. They attacked Liverpool using set plays and scored from a corner. Then they went on to resolutely defend the 1-0 lead at Anfield and got all 3 points, something that even Manchester City have not done this season. They pressed Arsenal’s nervy backline, trying to force them into mistakes and were gifted a goal by Petr Cech. They have shown good character recently and they have players like Ayew, Abraham and Mawson who stand up when needed to push their team over the line.
Alfie Mawson has started 5️⃣0️⃣ #PL matches in a row, the longest current run of any player in the competition #SWABUR
Players to look out for
Alfie Mawson (£5.1)
He has been a star in a struggling team this season and he has been instrumental to their rise in form recently. He is an astute defender, leaves everything on the pitch and his intelligence and prowess on set plays can be seen through the goal and assist he has accumulated in the past weeks. For his price, he can be an excellent backup or a mainstay who comes up with the goods every other week.
Jordan Ayew (£5.4)
He has scored a goal in 4 of the last 8 gameweeks and while those may not be excellent returns, they are very decent for a striker of his price. He can be very useful the Swansea’s style of being on the backfoot for much of the game and then running in behind or catching the opponent out with a good break.
Federico Fernandez (£4.4)
Another of the centre-backs to benefit from Carvalhal’s arrival, he has scored a goal and assisted one in the last 3 weeks. He has also kept a clean sheet in the same period. One of the cheaper defenders who plays regularly in FPL, he is a bargain.
Players to avoid
Tammy Abraham (£5.4)
Even though he scored a brace in midweek against Notts County, he has not really proven himself in the Premier League and though he can be a lucrative option in later weeks, it would be better to wait and see how he recovers from his injury and fits into Carvalhal’s system before moving around your team to fit him.
Nathan Dyer (£4.4)
Another one to score a brace in midweek, he is usually burdened with much more defensive responsibility in the Premier League and has blanked in the last 5 gameweeks. There are better options out there. However, he can be a good place holder as your 5th mid.