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Villa v Swansea stats: Hosts aim for fast Swans start

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Villa v Swansea stats: Hosts aim for fast Swans start

Villa will hope to give their fans some reason for cheer over the festive season after another difficult December when they host Swansea on Saturday. The game brings up the halfway point of the season and represents a chance to leapfrog their opponents with a win. Our friends over at, who offer the largest online database for detailed football statistics, bring us the numbers that suggest why the playing style of the visitors could be to the home side's advantage in fixture 19 of the Premier League campaign.

While the last gasp defeat to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day was a real body blow, Paul Lambert's side have the opportunity to bounce back straight away this weekend.

Although a match against a Swansea side that pride themselves on possession football may seem an unenviable task, the manager will know that this is the sort of game that is perhaps better suited to his side.

Swansea have indeed averaged the highest amount of possession in the entire league (59.3%) but Villa's counter attacking style can combat that.

It's worth noting that the two sides that sit second and third in the same category are Southampton (57.5%) and Manchester City (56.3%), both of whom Lambert's side have beaten this season.

Those sides fell fowl of Villa's fast breakaway football, both succumbing to 3-2 defeats, and the home fans will certainly hope for more of the same this weekend.

They've seen their team score three goals from counter attacking situations - no team has scored more this season - and it's been a trend since Lambert's arrival, with only Arsenal (10) netting more goals on the break than Villa (9) since the start of the previous campaign.

The Lions aforementioned strikes on the counter this season have come from seven such attempts, meaning their conversion rate from shots on the break this season is 42.9% - bettered by only two sides thus far.

Meanwhile, when you consider that Villa's strikes from such situations represent the highest proportion of their overall goal tally of any side in the league (17.6%) - more than twice that of closest rivals Arsenal and Palace (both 8.3%) - it becomes clear that Lambert has his side geared up for matches just like the one on Saturday.

With Swansea also without a win in four league games, Villa will be hopeful that they can take a lead in the match this weekend.

They remain the only side yet to drop points having gone in front at any stage in a game this season and they've gone ahead in each of their last two matches against the Welsh outfit.

With three points potentially able to lift Lambert's men back into the top half of the league - highlighting just how close things are in the bottom half this season - the hosts could yet find themselves in a promising position in the table going into the New Year.

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By @AVFCOfficial 27th December 2013
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