Tuesday 8 May

Swansea vs Southampton - Match Preview

07 May 2018 Ed Mackey ENGLAND: Premier League
ENGLAND: Premier League

Swansea City

  • D
  • D
  • L
  • L
  • L

vs

Kick-off
18:45 GMT
08 May 2018

Southampton FC

  • L
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • D

Kick-off
18:45 GMT 08 May 2018

With very few games left in the 2017/18 Premier League season, there won’t be any bigger than the one taking place in South Wales on Tuesday night as Swansea and Southampton face off, both looking to avoid relegation. A win for either side would take them three points clear of the bottom three, whilst also relegating West Brom.

STATS

  • Swansea were making all the right moves to steer themselves away from the drop zone a couple of months ago but they are still far from safe. They are currently on a run of seven league games without a win and after a poor 1-0 loss to Bournemouth on Saturday, they aren’t going to be full of confidence heading into Tuesday evening’s game.
  • Southampton have been marginally better with one win in their last seven, which came last week against Bournemouth. They were left heartbroken on Saturday as they squandered a 1-0 lead away at Everton in the 96th minute after a wicked deflection on Tom Davies’ weak strike. They have the advantage over the Swans because of their superior goal difference.
  • No top-flight side has scored fewer goals than Swansea this season, their leading scorer is Jordan Ayew with seven goals.
  • Despite Charlie Austin’s campaign being marred by injuries, no Saints player has scored as many league goals as the Englishman who has seven.

HEAD TO HEAD

Swansea haven’t got the best record against Southampton even though they have picked up four points in the last two. Before those two games, the Welsh side had won just one of the previous nine against the Saints. The reverse fixture in August wasn’t one that will stick in the minds of supporters as it was a boring goalless draw. There have been over 2.5 goals in just two of the last 11 meetings.

SWANSEA NEWS

A win would take Swansea out of the bottom three while a loss will almost definitely condemn them to relegation. Leroy Fer and Wilfried Bony are out injured, Kyle Naughton might feature.

Latest matches: Swansea City

05.05.2018 Prem Bournemouth AFC Swansea City 1:0 L
28.04.2018 Prem Swansea City Chelsea FC 0:1 L
22.04.2018 Prem Manchester City Swansea City 5:0 L
14.04.2018 Prem Swansea City Everton FC 1:1 D
07.04.2018 Prem West Bromwich Albion Swansea City 1:1 D

SOUTHAMPTON NEWS

Three points will all-but confirm top-flight safety for the visitors, zero points will leave them staring down the barrel. Mario Lemina will face a late fitness test, Steven Davis definitely won’t play.

Latest matches: Southampton FC

05.05.2018 Prem Everton FC Southampton FC 1:1 D
28.04.2018 Prem Southampton FC Bournemouth AFC 2:1 W
22.04.2018 FA C Chelsea FC Southampton FC 2:0 L
19.04.2018 Prem Leicester City Southampton FC 0:0 D
14.04.2018 Prem Southampton FC Chelsea FC 2:3 L

SUMMARY

In terms of relegation six-pointers, they don’t come much bigger than this one. It’s too hard to pick a winner and with a draw being a very likely outcome, it would set up a huge final day. Both sides will be desperate to keep a clean sheet so there shouldn’t be many goals.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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