Play Off Final Special – Swansea FC Profile
Final League Position – 3rd
Stadium: Liberty Stadium
Average Attendance 2010/11: 15,687
Top Scorer: Scott Sinclair
Flying the flag for Wales in the play-off final Swansea will be aiming to become the first Welsh club to play in the English top flight since the Swans were relegated from the old First Division in 1983.
In his first season at the club manager Brendan Rodgers has built on the attacking flowing football mantra of former managers Roberto Martinez and Paulo Sousa.
The former Chelsea reserve and youth team manager started his coaching career at Reading after his playing career ended aged just 20. He then went on to work for Chelsea under Jose Mourinho before starting his management career at Reading.
This attacking style has been most successful at home with nearly two-thirds of the club’s points won at the Liberty Stadium. This home fortress only succumbed to three defeats in twenty three games.
Unfortunately away from home results have not been as impressive, with the 11 losses the difference between the play offs and automatic promotion.
It will be key that the Liberty Stadium Swansea turns up at Wembley if the Swans are going to be toasting Premier League football next season.
The managers Chelsea links have paid dividends with top scorer Scott Sinclair and loan sensation Fabio Borini both being sourced from Rodgers days as reserve team manager.
In recent months the pair have been unstoppable with Borini showing the full range of tricks and skills he learnt under the tutelage of Didier Drogba including a deadly free kick.
In defence the key man is goalkeeper Dorus de Vries who has been a key part in the Swans team since the club was in League One and who made some world class saves in the play-off semi final win against Nottingham Forest.
After finishing third the Swans will believe that they have what it takes to deserve promotion.
With a strong squad and a deadly arsenal of attacking talent they enter the final as slight favourites.