Stoke City vs Swansea City Live Free. In a calendar year filled with must-win games, ‘cup finals’ and massive matches, today’s trip to face Stoke will have a heavy hint of Groundhog Day about it for Swansea City and their supporters.
Indeed, it is hard to recall many games in 2017 where the pressure has not been on. Where it has not felt like survival could be at stake.
They just keep coming, and there is another looming next weekend when West Brom visit the Liberty.
When the chips were down at the tail-end of last season, Swansea got the job done.
There is still plenty of time left this season but this is a period where Swansea run the danger of being cut adrift in the bottom three if they cannot start adding to their goal and points tallies.
The games come thick and fast between now and New Year, seasons can be defined in this period.
Swansea were improved against Bournemouth, defensively they have largely been sound this season.
However, their inability to score goals is undermining their efforts. The facts don’t lie. In four games they have not registered a single shot on target.
It is over seven hours – 428 minutes to be precise – since Sam Clucas scored their last goal at Arsenal. They did not manage to find the net at all in November.
It’s an emotion Swansea City need to rediscover and their fans need to be able to experience again.
To get out of trouble they need wins, it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out that Swansea’s points tally will not be rising in multiples of three without them finding the net.
So they head to the bet365 Stadium in an all-too familiar situation, just six months after a crucial fixture against Stoke started the last-gasp revival to secure the retention of Premier League status.