In Profile: Swansea


Saturday's opponents looking to kick on.

Swansea City became the first Welsh club to compete in the Barclays Premier League following their dramatic 4-2 defeat of Reading in the 2011 Play-Off Final, setting up their first season in the top flight for 28 years.

Despite just one victory from their opening five games of the 2011-12 season, including a 4-0 opening-day thrashing by Manchester City, manager Brendan Rodgers stuck to his possession-based , free-flowing flowing, attacking principles and was rewarded as the Swans climbed the table and won plaudits for their refreshing style of football.

Bolstered by astute signings, including top-scorer Danny Graham, Gylfi Sigurdsson on loan from Hoffenheim and impressive Dutch goalkeeper Michel Vorm, Swansea secured memorable victories over big-guns Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal en route to securing an 11th placed finish.

Looking to build on last season's success, the Welsh club were rocked during the summer when Rodgers was identified as the man to replace Kenny Dalglish at Liverpool, with midfield lynchpin Joe Allen following him to Anfield.

The club moved quickly to appoint the Northern Irishman's successor, bringing in former Barcelona, Juventus and Real Madrid midfielder Michael Laudrup on a two-year contract.

The Dane moved quickly to add to his squad ahead of the new season, bringing in Spaniards Chico Flores and Miguel Michu, Arsenal youngster Kyle Bartley and Ki Sung-Yeung from Scottish champions Celtic as the Swans looked

Swansea and Laudrup couldn't have asked for a better start, as the new-look side followed a 5-0 demolition of QPR at Loftus Road with a 3-0 victory over West Ham at the Liberty Stadium and currently sit in second place behind Chelsea.

They boast a league-best goal difference of plus-8.

Swansea's good start continued against Barnsley in the Capital One Cup in midweek, with Danny Graham and two goals from Luke Moore securing a 3-1 victory to fire the Swans into the third round.