Year Formed

1912

Stadium

Liberty Stadium

Capacity

20,972
 

Last 10 years league finishing positions

 
 

Best Season

2011/12

Swansea have punched above their weight since their maiden Premier League season in 2011/12. That campaign – the first in the top flight since 1983 – was meant to be a relegation battle, but the Swans instead battled to a respectable 11th place while playing attractive football under Brendan Rodgers.

 

How they fared last season

The 2015/16 season was far trickier for Swansea, which endured a managerial change and ended up 12th. Garry Monk was sacked after guiding his team to just three wins from the opening 15 games, with Francesco Guidolin eventually replacing him. The Italian led the Swans to safety as they finished 10 points clear of relegation.

42
number of goals
scored last season
52
number of goals
conceded last season
1
red card
60
yellow cards
 

Team Strengths

It has attacking talent capable of troubling most teams in the Premier League.

In Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew, Guidolin has options at his disposal.

That trio finished with 29 league goals between them, with Ayew – signed from Marseille in June last year – leading the way with 12.

By May, he had them firing on all cylinders with a 3-1 win over Liverpool and struck four times in a comprehensive victory at West Ham.

Guidolin has tried to retain the club's possession-based style and it makes his side a daunting proposition for most opposition teams.

 

Weaknesses

Along with a lack of genuine midfield creativity, Swansea are also short on quality at the back, despite the leadership of captain Ashley Williams.

The Swans kept just nine clean sheets in the league last season, while their 52 goals conceded ranked ninth worst.

The attractive style leaves Swansea more open, but they will need to defend better to avoid a relegation battle.

Swansea must also improve their away form after collecting just 17 points on the road last season.

Only the bottom four – Aston Villa, Newcastle, Norwich City and Sunderland – won fewer points away from home, a worrying record for the Swans.

 

Formation

Swansea have been renowned for their passing, possession-based style since their return to the top flight, while they have the pace to trouble teams on the counter.

 

Star Player

Andre Ayew was an astute signing on a free transfer and he delivered in his first season.

The Ghanaian made a bright start to life in the Premier League before a run of patchy form, only to showcase some of his best in the final games of the season.

Ayew finished the campaign with 12 goals and two assists – a fine return in a team that struggled for large parts and in his first season outside of France.

Ayew is powerful, quick and tricky and knows how to find a pass, making him valuable anywhere across the front line.

As long as it can keep a hold of the 26-year-old, Swansea have an asset ready to propel them to a more comfortable season than the one they just endured.

 

Francesco Guidolin

Manager

Francesco Guidolin arrived in the Premier League without much of a reputation – captain Ashley Williams had to Google him when the Italian was first appointed – having coached exclusively in Italy aside from his brief stint at Monaco.

Guidolin earned promotions for numerous clubs during his time in Italy and led Vicenza to their one and only Coppa Italia triumph in 1997.

The 60-year-old was once even linked with the Italy post after impressing in his homeland.

While Rodgers was tipped to return to Liberty Stadium, Swansea opted instead to reward Guidolin, giving the coach a two-year contract extension in May.

A quiet character, Guidolin is tactically flexible and has shown his ability to do well with small budgets.