Premier League Preview and Prediction: Swansea vs Aston Villa

Competition: Premier League – Swansea City vs. Aston Villa

Venue: Liberty Stadium, Saturday 19 March – 13:30 ET (17:30 GMT –  Live on Sky Sports)

Match Odds: Swansea City 8/13 Draw 13/5 Aston Villa 19/4

Match Preview

Swansea City host bottom-placed Aston Villa in this weekend’s Saturday evening fixture, in a game Swansea need to win to all but secure their Premier League status for next season. For Villa it’s also a must-win match or they could potentially be 13 points from safety.

Swansea will be pleased that they have picked up six points from their last three matches, picking up wins at the Emirates against Arsenal and beating fellow strugglers Norwich City to ease relegation fears.

Last week’s defeat away at Bournemouth was disappointing but shouldn’t act as too much of a distraction as they still scored two goals and continued to show courage throughout.

The Swans have only picked up five wins at the Liberty this season – an amount supporters will be unhappy with, but the fans are still firmly behind their team after what has been a tough campaign.

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Head coach Francesco Guidolin is expected to be back in the dugout having missed the last few matches with a chest infection. Alan Curtis has done well in the Italian’s absence and deserves further credit for the job he’s done this year.

Aston Villa might as well be thinking about playing in the Championship next season. They have been woeful all season and haven’t been able to produce anywhere near enough quality to stay up.

The West Midlands club have been in turmoil since the second week of the season and three wins is just not good enough at all for any team in the top division.

Upcoming fixtures don’t come easy for Villa with Chelsea to visit next week before they welcome Bournemouth to Villa Park. More off-field problems saw Chief Executive Tom Fox resign on Thursday afternoon.

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Remi Garde still believes he can keep the team in the Premier League but it seems like he’s fighting a lost cause. They just don’t seem up for the fight. But if they have belief they could just pull off the most miraculous escape.

A win here could just trigger something special if the Villains get it. But that’s a tall order.

The reverse fixture was the final match in charge for former manager Tim Sherwood. A late Andre Ayew goal condemned Villa to a 2-1 defeat at Villa Park back October.

Team News

Swansea will be without Andre Ayew as he recovers from an ankle injury. Jefferson Montero could be welcomed back to the side after recovering from illness, while Madou Barrow is a doubt.

Aston Villa are set to welcome back Carlos Sanchez, though Adama Traore and Jack Grealish are still some way off from returning from their injuries. Micah Richards will hope to start but may have to settle for a place on the substitutes bench once again.

Key Points

Swansea City last five: L/L/W/W/L

Aston Villa last five: L/L/L/L/L

Key Stat: Since Swansea got promoted to the Premier League, they have only lost once to Aston Villa and are looking for a fifth-straight win against the Villains.

Key Player: Gylfi Sigurdsson – The Icelandic midfielder has got nine Premier League goals this season and is the Swans’ top scorer. He is deadly on the ball at set pieces and finds the back of the net often. He is key to unlocking this poor Villa defence and is more than capable of creating chances for his team mates.

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Score Prediction

Swansea City 3-0 Aston Villa – Swansea should see this one out with relative ease. They have the home crowd behind them against a Villa side that constantly leaks goals but also fail to score them. Anything other than a home win would go down as a major disappointment for the hosts.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Southampton vs Swansea City

Competition: Premier League

Venue: St Mary’s Stadium – Sunday, February 1 – 16:00

Match Odds: Southampton 4/7 – Draw 14/5 – Swansea City 11/2

Southampton take on Swansea City in the final game of the weekend on Sunday afternoon and the Saints will be looking to seal all three points to remain in third place in the Premier League.

Ronald Koeman’s side have picked back up following a mid-season slump through December and have not lost in their last six league games, winning five of those.

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They have beaten Everton, Arsenal and Manchester United in that time while also holding leaders Chelsea at home and they fully deserve to be as high as they currently are in the league table.

Southampton’s home record in the Premier League: Played 11 – Won 7 – Drawn 2 – Lost 2

Swansea have found themselves in a poor run of form and have not won a league game since Boxing Day. They were thumped 5-0 at home by Chelsea in their last Premier League match and were then knocked out of the FA Cup by Blackburn 3-1 last Saturday.

They ended that FA Cup game with nine men as Kyle Bartley and Gylfi Sigurdsson were both sent off and they will be without both of those players for the trip to Southampton. Sigurdsson’s absence will be particularly important.

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Garry Monk’s side have yet to replace Wilfried Bony since his move to Manchester City was confirmed earlier this month and the Swans have only scored three times in their last four league games, conceding 11 in that time.

Swansea’s away record in the Premier League: Played 10 – Won 2 – Drawn 3 – Lost 5

The reverse fixture this season saw Southampton win 1-0 at Swansea in a game that the Swans deserved to get a least a point from, but it is unlikely to be as closely contested this time around.

Southampton have never lost to the Swans in the Premier League in five previous meetings and have only conceded one goal against the Welsh outfit in that time.

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The Saints did lose at home to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup last weekend but they should be too strong for a Swansea side that doesn’t look to be heading in the right direction.

Southampton’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/W/W/W

Swansea’s last five in the Premier League: W/L/D/D/L

Key Stat: Southampton have not lost at home to Swansea in over 60 years, since a 4-1 loss in 1953 when the two sides met in Division Two.

Key Player: Eljero Elia – The Dutch winger scored both goals in Southampton’s 2-1 win at Newcastle in their last league game and comes into the game in fine form. Swansea need to be wary.

Southampton vs. Swansea Prediction: Southampton 2 – 0 Swansea – The Saints to remain third in the Premier League with a comfortable victory.

 

Blackburn Rovers vs Swansea City: FA Cup Preview and Prediction

Competition: FA Cup Fourth Round

Venue: Ewood Park – Saturday January 24 – 12:45

Match odds: Blackburn Rovers 2/1 – Draw 23/10 – Swansea City 11/8

The early kick off on Saturday’s FA Cup weekend should be a really hard fought tie as Championship side Blackburn Rovers entertain Premier League opponents Swansea City at Ewood Park.

Blackburn overcame fellow Championship side Charlton Athletic 2-1 in the third round, while Gary Monk’s Swansea thumped League Two side Tranmere Rovers 6-2.

Blackburn Rovers’ home record in all competitions: Played 14 – Won 6 – Drawn 4 – Lost 4

Blackburn are currently sitting 10th in the Championship and have been in steady form this season but are without a win in their last four games.

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This will be the first time the sides have met since 2012 before Blackburn’s relegation from the Premier League. Swansea came out on top in that tie, winning 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

Both Nathan Dyer and Gylfi Sigurdsson were on the score sheet that day and there is every chance that will happen again in tomorrow’s fixture, as they are the joint top scorers in the side now Wilfried Bony has left.

Swansea City’s away record in all competitions: Played 12 – Won 3 – Drawn 3 – Lost 6

Swansea have been inconsistent on the road this season winning only three times, and they will be looking to bounce back from that 5-0 thumping at the hands of Chelsea last Saturday. Gary Monk will be expecting a tough tie as we all know about home advantage in the cup.

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The Swans have scored 11 goals in their last six away games, while Blackburn have failed to find the net in their last two home games. But they put four past Swansea the last time the Welsh club visited Ewood Park in 2011 and will hope for a repeat performance.

Blackburn Rovers last five in all competitions: L/D/W/L/D

Swansea City’s last five in all competitions: L/D/W/D/L

Key Stat: Defensive frailties – The Swans have only kept three clean sheets away from home all season while Blackburn have only kept four at home.

Key Player: Jordan Rhodes – The Blackburn goal machine only has nine this campaign so far but is always one to watch and will relish the chance to impress against the Premier League side.

Blackburn vs. Swansea Prediction: Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Swansea City – a hard battle for both sides but the Premier League outfit to edge it.