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Swansea boss Potter warns his players they are in for a battle at Villa Park

Swansea City boss Graeme Potter has insisted that his Swansea City side are in for a tough test against Aston Villa this weekend.

The Swans are currently 11th in the Championship, and despite Villa’s slow start, the manager of the Welsh outfit knows that the challenge ahead will be a tough one.

“If we think we are going to go up there and play a nice game against a team who are not as motivated as us, we are wrong,” Potter told Swansea’s official website.

Their opponents appointed former Brentford head coach Dean Smith as their new head coach this week, following the sacking of Steve Bruce.

Villa have won just three times in their opening 12 games, but Potter knows that the Villa faithful will be as motivated as ever when the Swans visit this weekend.

Potter has demanded that his players are aware of the situation, and respond in adequate fashion, as he warns that if they fail to, then securing a positive result becomes much harder.

“Aston Villa are going to be fully at it and their crowd will be right behind them. We have to understand that because if we don’t, we’ll be in big trouble.”

The two sides face off tomorrow with a 3pm kick off.

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