Swansea vs. Southampton / Premier League – This postponed match of the 31st round of English Premier League could very easily produce the third team that will be relegated to the second division given that the 18th-placed Swansea and the 17th-positioend Southampton have the same number of points at the moment. True, the 16th-placed Huddersfield still hasn’t left behind the survival race given that it has just three points fewer than the two teams, while West Bromwich and Stoke are already written-off. Let’s add that their match played in Southampton last autumn had ended as goalless draw. Begins: 08.05.2018 – 20:45 CET
Due to unfavourable goal difference compared to Southampton, Swansea’s situation is a bit weaker than of the Saints, and only victory in this postponed match guarantees that will stay in the Premier League. In that case match of the last round wouldn’t mean a thing for team led by manager Carvalhal, who will face already written-off Stoke at home, but if they drew the match they would have to win next weekend and hope that Southampton, and possible even Huddersfield, blunders.
The main problem for the Welsh before facing the Saints is that they haven’t won in last eight rounds, and on top of it they have three-game losing streak. Last weekend Swansea lost to Bournemouth away by 1-0, despite that the match was an ideal chance to win perhaps the key points for the survival race. They failed and now must be maximally focused on match with the Saints. Out of action due to injuries are defenders Naughton and Bartley, midfielder Fer and forward Bony.
Probable lineups Swansea: Fabianski – van der Hoorn, Fernandez, Mawson – Roberts, Ki Sung-Yong, Carroll, Olsson –A. Ayew, Clucas – J. Ayew
We have said earlier that the guests from south of England are in a bit better position than Swansea as they have better goal difference with them and would be very likely satisfied with a draw. In the last round they face the new champion, Manchester City, which will probably not play with full throttle that match, and the fact makes it an ideal chance for the Saints to win three key points for the survival race.
Still, the Saints are very much aware that the Citizens will not surrender without fighting back and it would be much better for team led by manager Hughes to resolve all dilemmas about its survival in match with Swansea. In order to have clear situation in the last round Southampton must win now at the Liberty stadium. The Saints improved in last two rounds as they won Bournemouth at home and drew with Everton in Liverpool. We need to add that the match will skip injured midfielders Davis and Lemina, and suspended stopper Yoshida.
Probable lineups Southampton: McCarthy – Bednarek, Stephens, Hoedt – Soares, Romeu, Hojbjerg, Bertrand – Tadic, Redmond – Austin
Swansea – Southampton PICK
Regardless of fact that each team will secure its survival in the Premier League if it wins, we believe that their main objective is to stay undefeated which is why we have opted for a pick with fewer goals.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.70 at interwetten (down to 1.65 can be played)