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Mar 19

Boro match is vital for Swansea – Fer

Leroy Fer says Swansea City next match against Middlesbrough will be pivotal in their battle to avoid Premier League relegation.

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Mar 19

The Dozen: the weekend’s best Premier League photos

Your weekend roundup of the best photography from England’s top flight

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Mar 18

Clement stays positive after Swans loss

Swansea City manager Paul Clement says his side must reflect on the ‘bigger picture’ after their 2-0 defeat by Bournemouth.

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Mar 18

Benik Afobe lifts Bournemouth clear as Swansea remain in danger

Bournemouth recorded back-to-back league wins for the first time since last March to hoist themselves nine points clear of the relegation zone and dent Swansea’s survival hopes. Eddie Howe felt he was ageing after his team’s difficult start to the year but this relentless display will have left him full of vigour.

The pressure was on for both teams, with wins for Leicester and Crystal Palace before kick-off amplifying the importance of this fixture. The significance of a result for Bournemouth was even more pertinent given that Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham are three of their next four opponents.

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Mar 18

Bournemouth 2-0 Swansea City: Premier League – live!

An Alfie Mawson own goal and Benik Afobe’s second-half strike gave Bournemouth a deserved win that moved them up to 11th in the table

7.20pm GMT

Peep peep! That’s an excellent and deserved win for Bournemouth. The game was pretty even until Alfie Mawson’s unfortunate own goal, but after that they were largely in control and deserve the cushion given them by Benik Afobe’s goal. They are nine points clear of the Championship Penthouse and should be safe for another season. A subdued Swansea have plenty of work to do. Thanks for your company, night.

7.19pm GMT

90+3 min Wilshere hits one straight at Fabianski from inside the D. And that should be that.

7.18pm GMT

90+2 min Eddie Howe gifts Max Gradel a win bonus, bringing him on for the excellent Josh King. He didn’t score but played a significant part in both goals.

7.16pm GMT

90 min There will be three minutes of added formality.

7.13pm GMT

87 min The game is petering out. Bournemouth have been excellent today. They deserve so much praise for the way they have got back on track since that diabolical first 20 minutes at Old Trafford a fortnight ago.

7.10pm GMT

84 min If it stays like this it will be Bournemouth’s first clean sheet since… their 3-0 win at Swansea on New Year’s Eve.

7.08pm GMT

82 min Another Swansea change: Borja Baston replace Llorente, who had little joy all night.

7.06pm GMT

81 min “What about, ‘Hull, Middlesborough and Sunderland currently occupy the Sunderland Memorial Bench’?” offers Matt Dony.

7.06pm GMT

79 min Fabianski makes a magnificent save to deny King! Wilshere stood up a lovely deep cross to the far post, where King soared above Kingsley and thumped a header towards the bottom corner. He was only six yards out but Fabianski showed brilliant reflexes to get down to his left and keep it out. There won’t be many better saves than that in the Premier League this season.

7.04pm GMT

78 min “Maybe we should give the bottom three a boost of confidence,” says Hubert O’Hearn. “May I suggest ‘Championship Penthouse’?”

7.02pm GMT

77 min Cork flattens Afobe and is booked.

7.01pm GMT

76 min “Regarding the relegation zone,” says Ian Copestake, “perhaps it can simply be called’the toilet’.”

7.00pm GMT

75 min A Bournemouth change: Jack Wilshere replaces the impressive Fraser.

6.59pm GMT

The two strikers combined to make the goal. King picked up a loose ball 25 yards goal and opened his body to play an angled pass to Afobe. The stretching Mawson missed his attempted interception and Afobe took the ball in his stride before sidefooting it across Fabianski and in off the post. That’s an excellent finish.

6.58pm GMT

This is definitely Benik Afobe’s goal!

6.57pm GMT

70 min Routledge’s chipped cross is pulled down nicely by Llorente, who somehow manufactures a low cross from the byline. Narsingh is tackled at the near post and the ball ricochets towards Routledge, who has followed up the play and is about to start his shooting motion when Cook stretches to make a vital, probably goal-saving tackle. All of a sudden Bournemouth are hanging on.

6.55pm GMT

68 min This is Swansea’s best spell of the half by a distance, with a couple of corners and a wee snifter of hope. Carroll’s long cross is headed back across goal by Llorente and cleared desperately by a combination of Afobe and Francis.

6.53pm GMT

67 min Another Swansea change: Wayne Routledge replaces Ki.

6.52pm GMT

66 min Bloody hell, an email! “Yeah some great stuff on that channel,” says Phil Podolsky. “You don’t have to be ‘Romerio’ to score that goal but it sure looks better when he does it.”

I’ve never seen a better one-on-one finisher. Scoring a goal wasn’t good enough for him. He had to vaccinate the keeper, and ideally a defender or two, as well.

6.51pm GMT

65 min Carroll is fouled just outside the area. It’s a fair way to the left of centre but certainly not out of range for Sigurdsson. He strolls up to the ball … and hits it into the wall.

6.48pm GMT

62 min Bournemouth are moving the ball around beautifully now. They are such an admirable side who didn’t compromise even when they were in freefall. If they win today they won’t be worrying about relegation so much as looking at the chance of finishing in the top ten.

6.43pm GMT

58 min Fabianski miskicks to Fraser and then saves his long-range shot. Bournemouth have the game under control at the moment and look the much likelier scorers. Swansea have been poor since half-time.

6.41pm GMT

56 min A Swansea change: the ineffective Ayew off, Luciano Narsingh on.

6.38pm GMT

53 min That’s more like it. King nicks the ball off Ki and gives it Gosling, who moves forward and cracks a good low shot from 20 yards that is pushed round by the diving Fabianski.

6.37pm GMT

52 min It hasn’t been a great start to the second half. In fact, the square root of bugger all has happened in the last five minutes.

6.34pm GMT

47 min Ayew makes a positive run down the right before he is pulled down by Daniels. Nothing comes of the free-kick.

6.31pm GMT

46 min Peep peep! Swansea begin the second half, kicking from left to right.

6.17pm GMT

Half-time reading

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6.17pm GMT

Peep peep! A quiet end to an interesting half between two confident sides. Bournemouth lead through Unlucky Alf’s own goal. See you in 10 minutes for the second half.

6.11pm GMT

41 min Smith curls the resulting free-kick straight into the friendly bosom of Fabianski.

6.11pm GMT

40 min Ki is booked for a late tackle on Fraser. He knew. It was an honest attempt to get the ball but he was beaten by Fraser’s cartoon pace. He looks really promising, with his direct running and crossing technique. I’m telling you, Scotland are slowly putting a team together.

6.09pm GMT

38 min If it stays like this Bournemouth will be nine points clear of the relegation places. Don’t call it the drop zone. Please don’t call it that. This isn’t The Crystal Maze.

6.07pm GMT

36 min A lovely attempt from Sigurdsson. He received the ball 30 yards out, looked around as if nothing was going on, and then suddenly whipped a wonderful dipping effort towards the far corner. Boruc flew across his line to tip it behind for a corner. I think it would have hit the outside of the post anyway but Boruc made sure.

6.03pm GMT

The goal was made by King and Pugh, who played a good one-two 25 yards from goal. Afobe then took the ball off King’s feet, charged towards the edge of the box and mishit a low shot that took a big deflection off Mawson. I think that might be an own goal; I’m not sure Afobe’s shot was on target.

6.01pm GMT

Benik Afobe gives Bournemouth the lead with the aid of a huge deflection!

6.00pm GMT

27 min It’s been a decent game, with both teams bright and breezy in possession, but it’s getting to the stage where it could do with a goal.

5.56pm GMT

24 min From the resulting corner, Carroll’s shot hits the arm of Pugh to prompt an unsuccessful penalty appeal. Pugh’s arms were up and, though he was barely a yard from Carroll, that could easily have been given – especially by Mike Dean.

5.54pm GMT

23 min Kingsley is fouled by Smith on the left wing. Sigurdsson’s superb inswinging free-kick skims off the head of King and flashes this far wide of the far post. King is in the goals at the moment but that would have been ridiculous.

5.48pm GMT

18 min Swansea have been the better team in the last 10 minutes. As Martin Keown says on BT, having three against two in midfield is really helping Swansea.

5.45pm GMT

15 min A half-chance at the other end. The lively Fraser puts a beautiful dipping cross onto the head of Afobe, whose diving header goes a few yards wide of the far post.

5.44pm GMT

14 min Fer’s long throw from the right is headed down precisely by Llorente to Sigurdsson, who bangs a volley over the bar from 15 yards. That was half a chance for a player of Sigurdsson’s technical quality.

5.43pm GMT

13 min Swansea enjoy a few minutes of largely uninterrupted possession. If we get an early goal, this could be a cracker.

5.40pm GMT

10 min A good effort from Fraser. He scurries forward, away from Carroll, and drags a low shot not far wide from the edge of the box.

5.39pm GMT

9 min Swansea are starting to come into the game after a very sluggish start. Sigurdsson curls in a very good free-kick from a deep, narrow position on the right, and the stretching Mawson heads well wide of the far post. He couldn’t get over the ball to control the header.

5.35pm GMT

6 min Smith’s cross deflects into the face of Sigurdsson and behind for the first corner. Surman takes it short to Fraser, who cross is intercepted by Carroll.

5.33pm GMT

3 min The in-form King nicks possession just outside the area before blasting high and wide. Swansea have barely had a kick so far.

5.31pm GMT

2 min This is a confident start from Bournemouth. Pugh moves smoothly round the back on the left before stabbing a cross that is cleared at the near post.

5.31pm GMT

1 min Peep peep! Bournemouth, in red and black, kick off from left to right. Swansea are in white. It looks like Swansea are playing with Leroy Fer as an emergency right-back.

5.29pm GMT

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4.35pm GMT

Bournemouth (4-4-2) Boruc; Smith, Francis, Cook, Daniels; Fraser, Surman, Gosling, Pugh; King, Afobe.
Substitutes: Allsop, Cargill, Smith, Ibe, Wilshere, Cook, Gradel.

Swansea (4-3-3) Fabianski; Fer, Fernandez, Mawson, Kingsley; Cork, Ki, Carroll; Ayew, Llorente, Sigurdsson.
Substitutes: Nordfeldt, Roberts, Amat, Routledge, Britton, Narsingh, Baston.

6.16pm GMT

Hello. Some games are bigger than others. This match, between the teams who started the day in 14th and 16th place, has been described as a six-pointer. It’s no such thing – you don’t need to be a distant relation of Archimedes to know you can’t have a six-pointer if there are more than two teams involved in a race for something – but it’s a pretty important match, especially with Leicester and Crystal Palace winning.

Two weeks ago, Swansea would have been favourites to win at the Vitality Stadium. Since then they have lost at Hull and Bournemouth have stopped free fallin’. I haven’t a clue what’s going to happen. Nor have you. We’ll find out from 5.30pm.

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Mar 17

Swans’ survival will ‘go to the wire’

Swansea boss Paul Clement believes the Premier League relegation scrap will be fought until the last set of fixtures.

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Mar 17

Bournemouth v Swansea City: match preview

Bournemouth are in danger of being drawn into a relegation scrap, while Swansea continue their own bid to escape the drop. Josh King’s hat-trick in a chaotic encounter with West Ham gave Eddie Howe’s side their first league win of 2017 last weekend following an eight-game barren streak. Swansea have lost their past three away matches, since winning at Anfield, and travel without key full-backs Kyle Naughton and Martin Olsson. Joel Rabinowitz

Kick-off Saturday 5.30pm

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Mar 16

Swansea City handed Llorente boost

Swansea boss Paul Clement welcomes back World Cup winning striker Fernando Llorente for the trip to Bournemouth.

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Mar 13

Swansea City U23s win Division Two title

Swansea City Under-23s win the Premier League Two title with a 2-2 draw against their Wolverhampton Wanderers counterparts.

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Mar 13

Swans’ Rangel out for rest of season

Swansea defender Angel Rangel will miss the rest of the season after fracturing a metatarsal in his right foot.

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