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21/12/2012 08:31, Report by Mark Froggatt
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Preview: Swansea v United

Date, time and coverage:

Sunday 23 December, kick-off at 13:30 GMT. The match will be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports, or you can follow via ManUtd.com’s text and radio commentaries.

Form guide: United are currently enjoying a run of five consecutive victories in the Barclays Premier League, most recently beating Sunderland at Old Trafford to maintain a six-point lead over current champions Manchester City. The Reds also travel to the Liberty Stadium with an impressive away record, having won seven of nine matches on the road this term. Swansea City should provide a stern test after earning a commendable 23 points from a possible 48 this term, although the Welsh side are without a win in two after losing to both Tottenham and Norwich.

Betting: Robin van Persie has made a blistering start to life at Old Trafford, netting an impressive 15 goals from just 21 appearances. And with bwin offering reasonable odds of 4.50 for the Dutchman to score first in Wales, some Reds will be tempted to back the in-form striker.

Ins and outs: Club captain Nemanja Vidic is in contention to start after the Serbian made a brief cameo appearance against Sunderland, but Rafael will again miss out with a hamstring strain. Jonny Evans, fresh from signing a new contract, is available but Sir Alex is still without midfielders Nani and Shinji Kagawa, who returns to first-team training on Monday. The Swans are hoping to welcome Michel Vorm, Pablo Hernandez and Angel Rangel back into the side following injuries, but Neil Taylor is still sidelined.

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