Swansea v Southampton – Match preview and team news

This clash at the Liberty Stadium sees two teams who have more than surpassed expectations this season face off in South Wales as Swansea entertain an in-form Southampton.

The Swans have certainly gone off the boil since securing the first major trophy in their history with their Capital One Cup success in late February, with only one win coming in the five matches played since.

However, Michael Laudrup’s men remain safely in mid-table, an outstanding achievement from both the legendary Dane and his squad of players.

The recently voted “Most Impressive Manager of the Season” by the Premier League could welcome back Leon Britton after the midfielder missed the last outing at Norwich due to the birth of his twin sons.

Elsewhere, defender Neil Taylor could return after being out since September with a broken and dislocated ankle, though he could face a tough task replacing the impressive Ben Davies. Michu will continue up front as he searches for his 22nd goal of the season, the day after he was controversially overlooked in the nominations for the PFA Football of the Year.

Southampton meanwhile look to have secured their survival after an excellent five-match unbeaten run that has seen them take victories over Liverpool, Chelsea and Reading. Though they remain two points short of the magical 40-mark, Mauricio Pochettino will feel that the performances of his side at the minute point to one that will be more than making a mark in the Premier League next season.

The Argentine has doubts over goalkeeper Kelvin Davis though Artur Boruc is expected to be first-choice anyway while midfielder Guly do Prado may also miss out through illness.

Defender Jose Fonte is available following the birth of his son, a welcome defensive return with doubts over Luke Shaw’s involvement due to an illness of his own.

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