Info

Competition
Premier League
Date
2 December 2017
Game week
15
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
2 - 1
Full-time
2 - 1

Goals

0 - 1
3' W. Bony (G) (assist by: Martin Olsson)
X. Shaqiri (G) 36' (assist by: J. Allen)
1 - 1
M. Diouf (G) 40' (assist by: P. Crouch)
2 - 1

Commentary

Minute   Description
For Swansea, it's a tenth Premier League defeat in 15 games and the pressure on Paul Clement is rising as a result. A crucial match against fellow strugglers West Brom awaits next weekend and a loss there could spell the end for his tenure.
Victory for Stoke gives them a crucial six-point buffer over the relegation zone and will raise spirits ahead of next weekend's trip to face an out-of-sorts Tottenham Hotspur side at Wembley.
FULL-TIME! It's all over at Stoke and it's a crucial three points for the hosts. The Potters trailed to Wilfried Bony's early strike but fought back to enter half-time in the lead following goals from Xherdan Shaqiri and Mame Biram Diouf.
90'+5 Shaqiri earns himself a booking after kicking the ball away.
Two offsides in quick succession for Stoke City, as they seek to run down the clock as much as they can.
90'+3 Free-kick in a dangerous position for Swansea out wide and Sanches is the man to deliver. His cross is poor and is comfortably dealt with and Stoke get the ball away again.
90'+1 SEVEN minutes added on! Swansea have plenty of time to turn it around.
90' CHANCE! Another opportunity to put the game beyond any doubt goes begging. Sobhi charges forward for Stoke and releases Shaqiri, who wastes the effort as he fires over the bar.
89' Excellent work from Diouf as he charges forward but his burst is stopped by Sanches. Swansea need something if they're to snatch a point, they've been sub-par since the break.
87' Stoke with men behind the ball as they look to hold onto a win that will bring an end to a run of four matches without a victory.
85' Final change for Swansea and it's the introduction of Bayern Munich loanee Renato Sanches, who replaces Fer.
83' Stoke's first corner of the game sees Shaqiri launch a ball into the middle that Swansea struggle to deal with, before Fabianski eventually collcted the ball.
81' First yellow card of the game goes the way of Wimmer, who tactically committed a foul to prevent a Swansea counter-attack.
A very good move for Stoke, with Sobhi skipping through the defence impressively. However, it doesn't result in a shot at goal for the Potters.
79' SAVE! Butland tips over spectacularly to prevent an own goal from Shawcross. Carroll's delivery is threatening and Swansea are almost gifted an equaliser.
77' Stoke still have the advantage and, despite creating much of note this second-half, look likely to hold onto their lead as the same can be said of the visitors.
75' Around twenty minutes for Swansea to find a way back into the game as there will be considerable time added on following the injury to Martins Indi.
73' Ayew is also taken off, replaced by Scottish U21 international Oliver McBernie.
Clucas is the first man to be replaced, with Tom Carroll coming on.
71' Mark Hughes has showed his hand and Paul Clement looks set to respond with changes of his own- Swansea certainly need them.
70' It's actually a double change for the hosts, with Ibrahim Afellay introduced in place of Fletcher.
Stoke make their first tactical change, with Martins Indi's removal of course being forced, and Ramadan Sobhi comes on to replace Choupo-Moting.
68' CHANCE! Butland making his return from injury today and he's fortunate with a save there. He palms Ki's low drive wide but Clucas pounces, though the angle is too tight for him to make the England hopeful pay.
67' WHAT A MISS! Stoke should be out of sight! Shaqiri whips a dangerous cross into the middle and Diouf has acres of room. He should be hitting the back of the net, instead he heads wide of the mark!
65' Both sides look fairly short of ideas at the moment and the tie remains hanging in the balance.
63' Getting towards the sort of period where Swansea may look to the bench for an introduction of a player who can make a difference. They could really do with Renato Sanches on-form right about now.
61' Again it's Ki with the delivery but again it's away at the near post.
60' Very finely balanced game as Swansea win a corner. Ki takes the set-piece but Zouma heads away at the near post. Olsson's effort is deflected though and it's another corner.
58' Superb defending! Leroy Fer broke with pace and looked set to create problems but Shawcross shuffles across with a perfect challenge, in an area where he couldn't afford to get it wrong.
57' Chance for Swansea as Abraham nicks the ball off fellow Chelsea loanee Zouma but his cross, with Bony lurking in the middle, goes behind for a goal kick. A real waste.
55' Slow start to the flow of the game in the second-half but Stoke starting to find their stride, with Zouma pushing forward.
53' Confirmation of the change, with Austrian international Wimmer coming on.
52' The Dutch international is stretchered off, having only just returned to the side. Kevin Wimmer is set to come on as his replacement but it's a bitter blow for the Potters.
49' Early stoppage in play as Bruno Martins Indi goes down holding his groin, it doesn't look like the defender will continue.
47' Difficult to predict where this game will go in the second-half and you get the feeling the next goal in the match will be decisive.
45' Back underway for the second half, with Swansea now kicking to the right.
Swansea looked good value for their lead after Bony netted his first goal since his return to the club in the summer but a sloppy mistake from Leroy Fer gifted an equaliser to Stoke. From there, the visitors let their guard down and now face a huge task ahead of them in the second period.
Stoke dominated early on, after falling behind, but struggled to create anything of note. That led to clear discontent from the home supporters but their patience has been rewarded, with the game turning on it's head over a period of just four minutes.
HALF-TIME! A dramatic game in Staffordshire and Stoke have come from behind to lead at the break. Wilfried Bony gave Swansea the lead against the side he spent last year on-loan with but a nightmare few minutes saw the Swans carved apart. Xherdan Shaqiri netted an equaliser before Mame Biram Diouf gave the hosts the lead, with the pair both having four goals to their name this season.
45'+1 Perhaps not, two minutes are added on.
45' Unlikely to be too much added on at half-time and Stoke look set to enter the break with a valuable lead.
43' Swansea are looking like a rabbit in the headlights and desperately need half-time. Absolutely shellshocked.
42' A disastrous turnaround for Swansea, who have looked the better side for large periods of this game. They've let their attention slop though and the tide of the game has shifted dramatically.
40' It looked like a game for Crouch and his presence made a huge difference there.
GOAL! A quickfire double turns the game on it's head! A long ball forward was nodded on by Crouch, Diouf takes one touch and the strikes a fierce finish past Fabianski after it bounced off Naughton.
38' It's a massive blow for Swansea, as Stoke hadn't really created a moment of note until that goal. Those are the sort of mistakes that could be the difference between Premier League and Championship football at the end of the campaign.
36' The goal was made by Allen's hustle in midfield and fingers have to be pointed at Fer, who's risky play was punished.
GOAL! There's the equaliser and it comes from nothing! Fer is pressured into a mistake and Allen feeds the ball through to Shaqiri, who toe-pokes his fourth of the season past Fabianski.
34' Shaqiri sloppily miscontrols the ball in midfield and it allows Swansea the chance to get forward again. The visitors still aren't quite clicking in attack but they do look much better than they have in recent weeks.
32' Not a good spell for Stoke, who've never lost to Swansea at home, as they look second best. Hughes needs more from his side but they do have plenty of talent to call upon off the bench, if required.
30' Corner for Swansea, their first of the match. Ki's delivery is good but Stoke deal with it, with Clucas then seeing an effort from outside the box blocked.
28' Swansea have look much better defensively now and are quelling the threat that Stoke are posing. They look good value for their lead but they'll certainly want the likes of Tammy Abraham and Jordan Ayew to be involved more.
26' Stoke are a kitchen sink short of a full set. 25 minutes in, they've already tried going wide, narrow, long, short, direct and pretty much everything else. They've got nothing to show for it, Fabianski remains untested.
24' Back underway, and Van der hoorn is thankfully fine, but it's a very volatile atmosphere in Staffordshire.
23' Van der hoorn is down holding his face and the referee stops play, much to the dismay of the home supporters who make their feelings towards the decision known.
21' Swansea now finding their feet in the game, giving Stoke a lot more to think about. They're a goal up and looking very good, with Bony looking like the player he was during his initial spell in South Wales.
19' Swansea's play without the ball is very organised and they're intent in attack when they do get the ball, although they're taking it a lot slower than the hosts. It's a much better performance from Clement's side.
17' The home supporters have already started to express their feelings to the Stoke side, who haven't got going in the attacking third despite dominating possession.
15' There's still goals in this and Stoke look the more likely to find one. Diouf miscues with an acrobatic effort but the ball is kept alive from Shaqiri, who falls to ground rather hopefully and the referee isn't interested in his appeals.
13' Swansea's goal came on the counter and Paul Clement's side look set-up to attack in that way here, perhaps more so after netting an early goal.
11' It's all Stoke here, who have dominated since falling behind. The Potters have plenty of room to exploit in the wide areas but it's Shaqiri, from a central position, who fires over Fabianski's net from distance.
9' Allen fires towards goal as Stoke continue to push for an equaliser but the Welsh midfielder's strike is well wide of the target.
7' The response from the hosts has been positive though but Mark Hughes is understandably fuming on the bench.
5' Stoke have now conceded 30 goals this season, the joint-worst record in the Premier League alongside West Ham, and have a huge task on their hands here.
3' A superb ball by Olsson, who held onto the ball rather than feeding through Clucas and put the ball on a plate for the Ivorian striker.
GOAL! What a start for Swansea! Olsson whips a dangerous boss into the middle and Bony volleys home, his first goal for the Welsh side since January 2015.
2' Stoke have set up differently to what was anticipated, playing four at the back and partnering Crouch with Diouf in attack.
1' KICK-OFF! We're underway at the Bet365 Stadium, with Stoke kicking to the right.
Three points today would be crucial for either side, as it would see Stoke pull away from the bottom three. For Swansea, they'd move just a single point behind the Potters.
Swansea make three changes after the loss of Chelsea, the biggest of which is the return of Tammy Abraham- who could not feature against his parent side last time out. Leroy Fer and Sam Clucas also come in, with Renato Sanches dropping to the bench and Roque Mesa not in the squad.
Stoke boss Mark Hughes makes just one change to his side from the midweek defeat to Liverpool, with Jack Butland returning from injury and replacing Lee Grant in goal. A very attacking bench has plenty of talent to call upon, including Egyptian ace Ramadan Sobhi and Spanish forward Jese.
Swansea subs: Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Tom Carroll, Nathan Dyer, Angel Rangel, Wayne Routledge, Oliver McBurnie, Renato Sanches.
Stoke subs: Lee Grant, Kevin Wimmer, Ramadan Sobhi, Charlie Adam, Saido Berahino, Ibrahim Afellay, Jese Rodriguez.
Swansea City XI: Lukasz Fabianski; Kyle Naughton, Mike van der Hoorn, Alfie Mawson, Martin Olsson; Ki Sung-Yeung, Sam Clucas, Leroy Fer; Jordan Ayew; Tammy Abraham, Wilfried Bony.
Stoke City XI: Jack Butland; Kurt Zouma, Ryan Shawcross, Bruno Martins Indi; Mame Biram Diouf, Joe Allen, Darren Fletcher, Erik Pieters; Eric Choupo-Moting, Peter Crounch, Xherdan Shaqiri.
Swansea have endured similar struggles in recent weeks but gave Chelsea a challenge in midweek, though they lost 1-0. The Welsh side haven't won in the Premier League since mid-October and sit second-bottom, three points from safety and four behind today's opponents.
Stoke lost 3-0 to Liverpool in midweek and have now gone four Premier League matches without a win, leaving them in a precarious position and just three points above the relegation zone.
Good afternoon and welcome to our LIVE text coverage of the Premier League clash between Stoke City and Swansea City, where both sides need points in their battle against relegation.

Lineups

R
A
A
1
J. Butland
1
Ł. Fabiański
2
W. Bony
3
E. Pieters
4
J. Allen
4
Ki Sung-Yeung
5
M. van der Hoorn
6
A. Mawson
6
K. Zouma
8
L. Fer
10
T. Abraham
10
E. Choupo-Moting
15
B. Martins Indi
16
Martin Olsson
17
S. Clucas
17
R. Shawcross
18
J. Ayew
18
M. Diouf
22
X. Shaqiri
24
D. Fletcher
25
P. Crouch
26
K. Naughton
5
14
32
14
62
35
C
C
C

Additional info

Referee
C. Pawson
Assistants
A. Nunn
Fourth official
N. Swarbrick

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Match Stats

Stoke City Swansea City
33 Attacks (Dangerous) 28
2 Corners 6
14 Fouls 10
10 Free Kicks 15
11 Goal Kicks 6
1 Offsides 0
0 Shots (blocked) 2
5 Shots (off target) 2
1 Shots (on target) 3
0 Shots (woodwork) 0
29 Throw Ins 24

Regular Season

# Team MP D P
118+4452
217+2638
318+1838
418+1133
518+432
617+1431
718+1331
818+126
918-622
1017-822
1118-1421
1218-718
1318-918
1418-1317
1518-1517
1617-516
1718-2016
1818-1115
1917-1014
2017-1312

Bet365 Stadium

Name:
Bet365 Stadium 
City:
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire 
Capacity:
30089