Southampton-Swansea City Preview

Heather Diaz
May 8, 2018

Yet Swansea struggled to take inspiration from their goalkeeper's heroics and now find themselves relying on results elsewhere to become only the fourth side to survive the drop who were bottom of the Premier League at Christmas.

With relegation rivals Swansea City beaten away at Bournemouth, West Ham will now be certain to remain a top-flight club if Southampton fail to win at Everton later on Saturday.

The Cherries though have won only one game in the last ten games. The defeat means they remain 6 points clear of relegation but the nature of the loss will be of greater concern to Howe than the overall picture.

Still Swansea created chances and nearly immediately Jordan Ayew fluffed a golden one to level when he shot horribly wide after muscling his way through in on goal.

Ibe has failed to reach the level many expected when he broke onto the scene at Liverpool, but has been a handy player for Bournemouth this season picking up six assists and two goals over the campaign.

Obviously, even if Cardiff do go up, the Swans may not be in the same league. An improved second half was a welcome sight for the home fans but it didn't quite improve enough, leaving the visitors heading South the happier team.

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Despite their recent form, we expect a tight and tense game which will see Southampton earning a crucial point to boost their survival hopes. Bournemouth will be able to drop into a five at the back formation if they are on the back foot.

Adam Smith (knee) Harry Arter (Achilles) and Junior Stanislas (knee) are all unavailable for this match, however, Tyrone Mings has been declared fit from his long-term back injury. However, the Cherries are near the bottom of league defensively, allowing 60 goals.

Instead, West Brom now have 11 points in the five games since Moore took over - a run of three wins and two draws.

While Manchester City have already lifted the title, the fight against relegation and the battle for Champions League places have yet to be decided in the Premier League.

"It was a very frustrating game and outcome for us at Bournemouth", said the Swedish left-back.

In the reverse fixture, Bournemouth and Swansea played to a scoreless draw. Southampton (6-15-15) are now just outside the bottom three on goal difference, while it is Swansea (8-9-19) who would go down based on current standings with a goal difference of minus-26.

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