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Swansea City vs Southampton
Tuesday 8th May, 7.45pm BST
Referee: Michael Oliver
Assistants: Simon Bennett, Stuart Burt
Fourth official: Andre Marriner
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Not to put too fine a point on it… Premier League survival.
Neither side can completely ensure their safety – or, indeed, be sent down – on Tuesday night, but the result will undoubtedly have a huge bearing on each team’s prospects.
They head into the game deadlocked on points, but with Saints above the drop zone line on goal difference.
Huddersfield, who are three points ahead of both, remain catchable, but for now the sides will be looking solely at each other.
A win for Saints would mean that only a massive goal difference swing on the final day of the season could send them down.
A draw, and they will go into Sunday out of the relegation zone, but with the situation on a knife-edge, as they host newly-crowned champions Manchester City, while Swansea play at home to already-relegated Stoke. Huddersfield could also come into play, if they fail to beat Chelsea away on Wednesday, with a home game against Arsenal awaiting the Terriers in their last fixture.
Defeat for Saints, and they will have to beat Manchester City at St Mary’s on the final day and hope that one of Swansea or Huddersfield fail to advance past 36 points.
Swansea: Long-term absentees Wilfried Bony and Leroy Fer remain sidelined for the hosts, but there are no fresh injury worries for Carlos Carvalhal, who welcomed back winger Luciano Narsingh and Federico Fernández in Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Bournemouth.
Southampton: Steven Davis is set to remain sidelined through injury, while Mario Lemina is a doubt after being taken off at half-time against Everton with a tight hamstring. A definite absentee is Maya Yoshida, who serves a one-game ban after his sending off at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Swansea’s previous five:
Bournemouth (a) L 0-1
Chelsea (h) L 0-1
Manchester City (a) L 0-5
Everton (h) D 1-1
West Brom (a) D 1-1
Southampton’s previous five:
Everton (a) D 1-1
Bournemouth (h) W 2-1
Chelsea (n) L 0-2 (FA Cup)
Leicester (a) D 0-0
Chelsea (h) L 2-3
Jordan Ayew is Swansea’s stand-out threat, with 11 goals and three assists this season. He hasn’t scored in his last three games, but was on an excellent run before then and is a real danger. Forward Tammy Abraham has also had a productive season in attack for the Swans.
Top scorers: Jordan Ayew (11), Tammy Abraham (8)
Most assists: Tom Carroll (5), Tammy Abraham (4)
Dušan Tadić sits level atop both the goals and assists charts for Saints now, and Mark Hughes will be hoping for another influential game from the creative midfielder. Nathan Redmond’s first goal of the season came at a valuable moment, against Everton, and he could be another real threat for the visitors, while Cédric’s assist for him at Goodison Park takes his total for the season to three, while fellow full-back Ryan Bertrand has contributed four.
Top scorers: Charlie Austin (7), Dušan Tadić (7)
Most assists: Ryan Bertrand (4), Dušan Tadić (4), James Ward-Prowse (4)
Previous four meetings:
August 2017: Southampton 0-0 Swansea
January 2017: Swansea 2-1 Southampton (Long)
September 2016: Southampton 1-0 Swansea (Austin)
February 2016: Swansea 0-1 Southampton (Long)
DID YOU KNOW?
– Shane Long has scored on each of his last two trips to Liberty Stadium with Saints.
– Only one of Saints’ last five top-flight trips to Swansea has ended in defeat, with three wins and a draw in that run.
– Swansea’s current winless run, of seven Premier League games, is second only to Stoke’s 13.
– Six of Saints’ last ten Premier League away wins have been against sides that started the day in the relegation zone.
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