Preview - Swansea City vs Southampton 09 May 2018

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Match Day 37
Swansea City vs Southampton
Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Liberty Stadium

Swansea City: 
Last five matches form: D D L L L
Average goals per match: 0.75
Average goals against per match: 1.47
Top Scorer: Jordan Ayew (7)

Last five matches form: L D L W D
Average goals per match: 1.00
Average goals against per match: 1.53
Top Scorer: Charlie Austin (7)

It doesn't get any bigger than this!

Given the millions on offer for staying in the Premier League, and the difficulty of coming back up again once relegated - witness the like of Leeds United, Sunderland, Portsmouth etc - this week's clash between Swansea City and Southampton at the Liberty Stadium is simply huge.

It is Swansea City who currently occupy third bottom position, level on points with Southampton, but with an inferior goal difference. The Swans won't actually be relegated should they lose, but they would need Huddersfield to lose their final two games to Chelsea and Arsenal, in addition to themselves beating Stoke on the final day.

The home side continue to be without Wilfried Bony, Leroy Fer and Kyle Bartley.

Considering Southampton's final game of the season is against a Manchester City side looking to reach the 100-point mark, they likewise can't afford to lose here, and having the tougher of the final day fixtures - Swansea play already relegated Stoke City at home - will really be looking to pick up the three points.

Steven Davis is out injured for the Saints whilst Maya Yoshida is suspended.

One team who will be looking on anxiously will be West Brom. Any result other than a draw will see the Baggies improbable escape finally come to an end.

Many seem to be making Southampton favourites for this, but the Saints are winless in five on the road and have only won two away games all season. Swansea lost here against Chelsea last time but had previously drawn with Everton and beaten Liverpool, Arsenal, Burnley and West Ham in their four previous home games. Take the home team to win this.

 Prediction: Swansea City 2 - 1 Southampton


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots: 11 - 13
Shots on target: 3 - 8
Corner Kicks: 7 - 6
Possession: 54% - 46%

Referee Michael Oliver issued the yellow card to Sung-Yueng Ki and Federico Fernandez of Swansea, in addition to taking the name of Southampton's Oriol Romeu.

What a result for the Saints! Had they lost this game - or even only drawn it - they would be heavy favourites to be playing their football in the Championship next season. Having won it, it will take a truly remarkable turn of events for them to go down now.

Mark Hughes and his men probably just about deserved it too as the toothless Swans - whilst not lacking for effort and endeavour - were simply unable to muster the moment of quality to rescue themselves.

Not that there was a huge amount of quality about the winner when it came in the 72nd minute.

Dusan Tadic's corner to the back post being nodded back across goal by Shane Long to Oriol Romeu, who in turn nodded to Charlie Austin on the edge of the six yard box. Austin's volleyed effort being well saved by Lucas Fabianski, but only palmed out, creating an almighty scramble. The result of several ricochets was that substitute Manolo Gabbiadini had done enough to successfully divert the ball into the bottom corner. And that was all it took for the visitors to grab a massive three points.

Whilst this was a bad result for Swansea, it was maybe a fraction worse for West Brom. As unlikely as their comeback from the brink of relegation seemed, Southampton's victory here finally pushes the Baggies over the edge and into the Championship.

Swansea will still survive if they beat Stoke City on the final day of the season, and Huddersfield lose both remaining matches to Chelsea and Arsenal, or if a combination of a heavy win over Stoke and a heavy defeat for Southampton against Manchester City is enough to create a 10 goal swing in their direction. In short, they are in big, big trouble now.

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