Swansea look to stay clear of the danger zone when they host relegation candidates Aston Villa on Sunday evening.
The Swans fell to a 3-2 loss at Bournemouth in their last match after winning back-to-back matches in the league. With 33 points and 8 matches to, this is a must win for the Welsh side keeping an eye on the tough round of fixtures to follow in the coming weeks.
Aston Villa, rock bottom of the league table are 9 points below the 17th placed Sunderland and they must win all of their remaining matches if they are to stay in the England’s top flight. But there are hardly any signs of improvement for a team that has lost all of their last five matches.
Swansea have won 2 and lost 3 out of their last 5 league matches. At home, Swansea lost only 1 out of their last 4 games, with 2 wins and a draw. Five of their last six home matches have witnessed under 2.5 goals.
Aston Villa have now lost their last five Premier League matches and remain with only one win in their last 8 matches. While play away in the league, they haven’t won a match since August 2015, which now stretch to 16 matches.
Swansea vs Aston Villa: Head-to-Head
Swansea have won four matches in a row against Aston Villa and are unbeaten in last six matches between the two sides.
Swansea have only lost once to Villa since winning promotion to Premier League in 2011/12 season and their overall record reads 5 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat from 9 matches.
Swansea: Team News
Andre Ayew is set to miss this game due to an ankle injury, while Modou Barrow and Jefferson Montero are doubts and are unlikely to be risked here.
Francesco Guidolin has a fully fit squad and can name the strongest possible line-up when they welcome Aston Villa.
Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1)
Fabianski – Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Rangel – Cork, Leroy Fer – Sigurdsson, Barrow, Routledge – Paloschi.
Aston Villa: Team News
Jack Grealish, Jordan Amavi, Adama Traore and Libor Kozak and are all injured and will miss the trip to Liberty Stadium.
There are more problems for Remi Garde in this must win fixture as he is sweating on the fitness of Carlos Sanchez and Gabriel Agbonlahor.
Predicted line-up (4-3-3):
Guzan –Okore, Lescott, Hutton, Cissokho – Veretout, Gueye, Westwood – Ayew, Gestede, Gil.
Swansea vs Aston Villa: Prediction
Both teams are desperate for a win here for the same reason and make this a key clash in the relegation battle. One could say there is less pressure on Swansea as they are 8 points clear off the danger zone. For Villa this is a must win match, but a surprise is hardly expected.
I back Swansea to grab all three points and on their current form they should win this and make it five wins in a row against a sorry Aston Villa.