Two clubs with new managers that have made contrasting starts to the season. Swansea are flying high in second place, with two wins and a draw, while Aston Villa picked up their one and only point, against Newcastle, last time out. Paul Lambert must decide whether to field any of his four new signings and he also has the option of bringing Gabriel Agbonlahor into the starting lineup. Swansea are forced to reshuffle at the back – Neil Taylor is out for the remainder of the season while Chico Flores starts a three-match ban.
Last season Aston Villa 0 Swansea 2
Referee Lee Mason
Subs from Given, Weimann, Carruthers, N'Zogbia, Burke, Herd, Baker, Westwood, Delph, Lichaj, Benteke, Bowery, Williams
Doubtful Bennett (ankle), Carruthers (ankle), Delph (knee), El Ahmadi (calf), Herd (thigh)
Injured Albrighton (metatarsal, 30 Sep), Dunne (groin, 30 Sep), Gardner (knee, May), Petrov (leukaemia, unknown)
Form guide DLL
Disciplinary record Y6 R1
Leading scorers Clark, El Ahmadi 1
Subs from Cornell, Tremmel, Monk, Hernández, Schechter, Moore, Agustien, Ki, Gower, Obeng, Richards, Situ, Lucas
Doubtful Monk (back)
Injured Bartley (thigh, Dec), Taylor (ankle, May)
Suspended Flores (first of three)
Form guide DWW
Disciplinary record Y5 R1
Leading scorer Michu 4
• This is Aston Villa's worst start to a Premiere League season barring 1997-98 when they had no points after three matches – they actually went on to finish seventh that year
• Michu is the fourth player since 1993 to score in his first three games of a Premier League season – the others were Michael Ricketts, Pavel Pogrebnyak and Adrian Mutu
• Paul Lambert has won four of his five games against Swansea as a manager, including two victories with Norwich last season
• Swansea have scored 10 goals in their first three games, all of them from open play
• Aston Villa are on a run of 13 league games without a victory.
If the Villa play as well as they did last week against Newcastle, it'll be a good game.
Villa to win 2-1.