Inside Track: Swansea City

By SFC Media time Mon 07 May Swansea v Saints
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Ahead of Tuesday night's huge clash at Liberty Stadium, we get the inside track on Saints' opponents, Swansea, from South Wales Evening Post reporter Andrew Gwilym.

How is the mood at Swansea heading into such a huge game?

Carlos Carvalhal continues to strike a very positive tone, but, inevitably, there are nerves and anxiety for supporters as they head into the final week of the season back in the bottom three. Swansea had looked to be on their way to drawing clear of the bottom three at one stage – instead, it will go down to the wire.

What is the team’s form like right now?

There was a remarkable turnaround in the immediate aftermath of Carvalhal's appointment, but they have not won in their last seven league games, scoring just twice along the way. But they have proved tough opponents on home turf under the Portuguese, taking 13 points from 21 and beating Liverpool and Arsenal along the way.

they are more assertive at home. they have taken the game to sides and look a very different team.

andrew gwilym
south wales evening post reporter

How do they like to play under Carlos Carvalhal?

They are a more assertive side at home. The former Sheffield Wednesday boss has favoured playing five at the back and they have tended to absorb pressure in that shape away from home and grow into games. At home, they have taken the games to sides, and look a very different team in that guise. 

Do you expect the situation to change or affect their approach at all?

Given a draw would leave Swansea still in the drop zone, it will be interesting to see if an additional attacker is fielded at the expense of a defender. Swansea switched to a four at the back against Everton and it proved effective. Given the difference a victory would make, will Carvalhal do that again?

Who have been the key performers for Swansea recently and who will be vital for them on Tuesday?

Lukasz Fabianski was recently crowned Supporters' Player of the Year and thoroughly deserved it after another superb season. He has kept Swansea in games and secured a number of points with his reflexes. At the other end of the field, Jordan Ayew has provided them with a spark in the final third and has been the most prominent threat in a side that has struggled for goals.

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