How Carlos Carvalhal has turned this Swansea side around

Ebony Scott
February 12, 2018

"I'm happy with my players because they are working very hard".

Tom Carroll could fill Fer's midfield role, having replaced him at Leicester, and Carvalhal can also call on his January signings, striker Andre Ayew and midfielder Andy King.

'I don't think the fans will be moaning that the style has changed, I think they'll be saying that it's fantastic we've got some wins and some points.

Swansea were bottom of the table and five points adrift of safety when Carvalhal took over in late-December - four days after his two-and-a-half-year spell at Wednesday ended on Christmas Eve.

As for Burnley, who reside nine points off the top six, Sean Dyche has made one change, and it comes in defence as Matthew Lowton replaces Phil Bardsley, who is now suffering with a hamstring injury.

Another team who moved away from the relegation zone today was West Ham, who advanced to 12th after their 2-0 home win over Watford.

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Carvalhal is an engaging character whose descriptions of his January transfer targets - "I will look to the lobsters and sea bass, but if not we must buy sardines" - or likening beating Liverpool to "stopping a Formula 1 vehicle in London traffic" have caused enormous reactions on social media.

The Swans have won their last four consecutive home appearances including victories over Liverpool and Arsenal.

But Carvalhal insisted fighting relegation is no laughing matter, saying: "The situation is still serious - but we have a better chance now of staying in the Premier League".

The draw is a big factor and the recommendation is Swansea on draw no bet at [1.74]. The young central defender has now played in 50 consecutive Premier League matches, a longer run than any other player at present.

Incredibly, Swansea's 14 points in Carvalhal's seven games in charge eclipse the 13 that the Portuguese's predecessor Paul Clement managed in the first 20.

A new face at the training ground often has an instant impact in the Premier League.

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