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Swansea take on Napoli in Europa League clash

Garry Monk took over as Swansea's head coach earlier this month Credit: PA Images

Swansea City face Italian side Napoli this evening in their opening leg of the last stage Europa League tie at the Liberty Stadium.

It's a key game for new head coach and former Swansea defender Garry Monk who took over from Michael Laudrup following his sacking earlier in the month.

Swansea have played a total of 10 games in the Europa League this season including an infamous 3-0 win against Valencia in September.

Napoli's Argentinian striker Gonzalo Higuain is doubtful for the encounter after hurting his back in Sunday's 2-0 win at Sassuolo but boss Rafa Benitez is hoping he can recover in time.

Swansea travel to the Stadio Sao Paolo on 27 February for the second leg.

Swansea face Napoli in Europa League

Michael Laudrup's side will face Rafael Benitez's Napoli in the last 32 Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

Swansea City will face Napoli in the last 32 of the Europa League. The Swans were drawn against Rafael Benitez's side in Nyon earlier. The games will take place on 20th and 27th February.

If they beat Napoli, Swansea will face with FC Porto or Eintract Frankfurt in the quarter finals in March.

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Laudrup: Draw against Kuban Krasnodar "fair result"

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup said his side's 1-1 draw against Kuban Krasnodar was a "fair result." It was the first time Swansea have dropped points in the Europa League so far this season.

"Watching the game overall, I have to say that a draw is a fair result.

"We had a lot of possession but did not create so much.

"We just have to move on. We have to play until the last second. Seven points, we're still top of the group, but now we will have to do our work away from home as well."

Full time: Swansea 1 Kuban Krasnodar 1

Swansea have drawn one all with Russian side Kuban Krasnodar. A goal from Swansea's Michu saw the Welsh side ahead until just before the final whistle in which they conceded a penalty. Cisse of Kuban successfully converted from the spot - Swansea unable to hold the lead.

You can see more reaction from the Liberty Stadium here as well as highlights from the match.

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Wilfried Bony on Swansea speaking Spanish - and Welsh

Record signing Wilfried Bony has been talking to ITV Sport about life on and off the pitch at Swansea City.

The £12m striker, who is from French-speaking Ivory Coast, says he often speaks Spanish to call for the ball from his teammates.

Wilfried Bony has already made himself at home at Swansea City. Credit: PA

Bony says he knows one word of Welsh - 'diolch' - which is more than interviewer Ned Boulting!

Watch ITV Sport's interview with Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony

He also reveals he's a busy man outside of football, who likes to DJ, dance and sing.

Swansea host Russian side Kuban Krasnodar tonight, aiming for a third successive victory in their Europa League group.

The game is live on ITV4 and the ITV Sport website

Chairman: Important to 'gain respect in football world'

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins says he believes another win in the Europa League tonight will enhance the club's standing in the football world.

Swansea have already grabbed a lot of people's attention with a 3-0 victory over Spanish giants Valencia in their first game, and followed it up with a narrow win over Swiss side St Gallen.

Read More: Swansea beat St Gallen to make it two out of two in Europe

“I think the biggest thing when you look back is to gain respect in the football world,” Jenkins said.

“Then you build up recognition that we’re not just participating but that we can compete at this stage and build our own brand as a football club. That’s what we want - not only in our own country."

Huw Jenkins says gaining European recognition was one of the reasons Michael Laudrup was hired as manager. Credit: PA

Swansea are in European competition for the first time in more than 20 years, after winning the Capital One Cup in February.

Tonight's game with be live on ITV4 and on the ITV Sport website

Swansea look for three out of three in Europe

Swansea City face Russian side Kuban Krasnodar at the Liberty Stadium tonight in the Europa League.

Michael Laudrup's side are looking for a third successive win in the competition, which would put them in pole position to qualify for the knockout stages.

Swansea have already beaten Valencia and St Gallen in the Europa League. Credit: PA

Captain Ashley Williams and left-back Ben Davies will both miss tonight's game with ankle injuries.

Williams ruled out of Swansea's Kuban Krasnodar clash

by Dean Thomas

Swansea City defender Ashley Williams has today trained with his team mates but has been ruled out of the Swans' Europa League clash with Russian side Kuban Krasnodar tomorrow night.

Swansea will have to do without Ashley Williams again. Credit: Andy Lloyd/PA Wire

Swans captain Williams has missed his sides last five games due to an ankle injury and although he was able to take a full part in training has been deemed not match fit by boss Michael Laudrup.

Swansea City could take a huge step towards the Europa League knockout stages if they beat their Russian Premier League opponents at the Liberty Stadium.

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