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Hopes for more Championship success as Swansea City meet Birmingham

Kick off at the Liberty Stadium is at noon.

The Swans face Birmingham in the Championship this afternoon, in the midst of their best start to a league campaign in 41 years.

They've taken three wins and a draw from their first four fixtures under Manager Steve Cooper:

He says they are taking one match at a time:

“The moment you start looking beyond the next game is the moment you’re not getting it right. And everything now will just be focussed on a strong game, different type of game coming up to what we had the other night.

“But we’ll be absolutely ready. That’s all we want to do, we just want to be focussed and in control of and that will always be the next training session, preparing for the next game.”

Should they avoid defeat it will become their longest home run without a loss since moving to the Liberty in 2005, with the previous best coming in the form of a 20-match stretch in 1999 and 2000.

Overall, Swansea are unbeaten in nine league games and entered the weekend among the Championship pacesetters having taken 10 points from 12 games, their best-ever points return from the first four games of a season.

Birmingham have spent the majority of their 141-year history in the top-flight, but are currently in the midst of their ninth-straight season in the Championship after dropping out of the Premier League in 2011.

They have finished higher than 10th on only one occasion during that time and they have battled relegation in three of the previous six campaigns, with former Swan Garry Monk guiding them to safety in the previous two seasons – the latter after a nine-point deduction had put them in danger of the drop.

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