Swansea City v Southampton: Premier League – live!

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Swansea: Fabianski; Roberts, Naughton, Mawson, Fernandez, Olsson; Clucas, Ki, King; J Ayew, A Ayew

Subs: Nordfeldt, Van der Hoorn, Carroll, Sanchez, Dyer, Narsingh, Abraham

Hello. Welcome to a match that is sure to be tense and will likely produce heroes and/or villains. The ramifications of a negative result for Swansea or Southampton are grave, even if the only team that could be definitively relegated after this match are West Brom, who will be doomed unless it ends in a draw. Southampton are probably in the most pressing need of a win even though they go into the game a place above Swansea thanks to their superior goal difference: because if Mark Hughes side fail to win here, then they will probably have to do so on the final day of the season – against Manchester City, no less. Swansea, meanwhile, may be satisfied with a draw here on the grounds that they can be confident of winning their last match of the campaign, which is against Hughes’ old boys, the already relegated Stoke. Then again, can Swansea take victory for granted against anyone? No, they cannot, because Carlos Carvalhal’s healing powers seem to be dwindling and Swansea have won none of their last seven matches, scoring just two goals in the process.

As for Huddersfield, the other team still at risk of relegation, what outcome here do you think best suits them? David Wagner’s side are three points clear of both Swansea and Southampton but with an inferior goal difference to both so could be overtaken if they fail to garner a point from their last two games, which are against Chelsea and Arsenal.

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Written by Paul Doyle
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2018/may/08/swansea-city-v-southampton-premier-league-live under the title “Swansea City v Southampton: Premier League – live!”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.