Preview - Swansea City vs Stoke City 13 May 2018

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Match Day 38
Swansea City vs Stoke City
Sunday, May 13th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Liberty Stadium

Swansea City: 
Last five matches form: D L L L L
Average goals per match: 0.73
Average goals against per match: 1.46
Top Scorer: Jordan Ayew (7)

Stoke City:
Last five matches form: L D D D L
Average goals per match: 0.89
Average goals against per match: 1.81
Top Scorer: Xherdan Shaqiri ( 8 )

The definitely relegated take on the almost certainly relegated as Stoke City travel to Swansea on what may well be a pretty depressing afternoon at the Liberty.

Whilst nothing can save the Potters now, there is a scenario by which Swansea could make the greatest of escapes. All they need to do is win this game, have Southampton lose at home to Manchester City and make up a 10 goal deficit in the goal difference stakes.

Something akin to their 8-1 demolition of Notts County here in the cup will likely be required. Another straw to be clutched at is the fact they are playing the right side with a thrashing being needed. Only West Ham have conceded more away goals than Stoke City this season.

The question is do Swansea have the motivation and belief to at least have a good go at the Houdini act? They must do so without the injured trio of Wilfried Bony, Leroy Fer and Kyle Bartley.

Already being relegated, Paul Lambert may opt to ring the changes. Bruno Martins Indi and Konstantinos Stafyldis are on the injured list for the Potters.

A tough match to call this one. This would generally have the look of an archetypal scrappy low scoring contest, but with the dynamic changed so much, and both managers seeming set to depart in the summer, we wouldn't be surprised were this a lot more open.

Take the home side to win by a couple of goals.

 Prediction: Swansea City 3 - 1 Stoke City


Half time: 1 - 2
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  26 - 8
Shots on target: 11 - 5
Corner Kicks: 6 - 0
Possession: 58% - 42%

Anthony Taylor took the names of Peter Crouch and Moritz Bauer for Stoke, with Swansea's Mike van der Hoorn also seeing yellow.

Needing a miracle in order to stay up, Swansea didn't get the hoped for Southampton thrashing at the hands of Manchester City, but in the end it wouldn't have mattered as they didn't manage to complete their side of the bargain against already relegated Stoke City.

Swansea did at least get off to an encouraging start here and took the lead in the 14th minute. Following a frenetic passage of play which saw Jordan Ayew's free kick blocked, Andre Ayew's effort saved, Mike van der Hoorn's shot blocked and Andy King's strike blocked, it was King who finally put the ball away when set up by Andre Ayew.

The lead was however only to last for 17 minutes. Xherdan Shaqiri playing in the promising Badou Ndiaye to finish high up the middle of the goal.

From being a goal to the good, Swansea went into the break a goal down. Peter Crouch doing what he does best in getting on the end of a free kick to head home in the 41st minute.

1-2 at half time, and 1-2 it stayed - Shaqiri's penalty miss being as close as either side came in the second half - as Stoke took Swansea down with them.

Not much joy in Wales on Sunday afternoon, and the next time these two sides meet it will be in the Championship.

Following a promising start under Carlos Carvahal, Swansea simply capitulated in the closing stages of the season.

Stoke meanwhile never really got going, and whilst this win moved them level on points with Swansea, the Potters finish second bottom on goal difference. It all means pretty much the same thing when you are in the bottom three though in what has been a disastrous campaign for both sides.

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