Swansea City will be hoping to continue their march clear of relegation danger by getting the better of Norwich City, who cannot afford yet another bad result in their own battle to achieve survival.
March had the makings of a pivotal month for Swansea, but not many reckoned on them beginning it by going to Arsenal and winning for the second season in succession. It looked set to be a long evening without boss Francesco Guidolin on the touchline as their title-chasing opponents dominated the opening exchanges and took the lead as well as coming close on a number of other occasions, but a tactical change saw them gain more of a foothold and eventually seize the initiative.
It went on to be a show of why the Swans are much too strong to be flirting with the drop, with the quality of Gylfi Sigurdsson shining through once again as he supplied the perfectly placed free-kick that led to the winner. And here he and his teammates may just have that little bit too much nous for their opponents, with the incentive being that victory would see a nine-point gap be established between the two clubs – massive at this stage of the season.
The run of form that Norwich are in is deeply worrying and has their Premier League future in severe doubt, but there were positives to draw from the last game at home to Chelsea. Going behind within seconds of the kick-off was naive in the extreme, although they responded well and were very unlucky to concede a controversial second shortly before the break. A lot was put into their second half display and despite getting a goal back a seventh defeat in eight could not be prevented.
Nathan Redmond looked as though he could really become a standout performer for the Canaries in the early weeks of the campaign, but has struggled to maintain that form, so he will hope that his goal on Tuesday can act as the springboard for better things. His pace should cause Swansea problems, while manager Alex Neil may be better served with starting Dieumerci Mbokani in attack ahead of the blunt axe that is Cameron Jerome. Another defeat will be extremely damaging.
For the hosts, midfield duo Ki Sung-Yueng and Leroy Fer should be available despite being forced off at Arsenal. Manager Francesco Guidolin remains too unwell to attend.
Steven Naismith is back for Norwich, but they have suffered a major setback with the news that holding midfielder Alexander Tettey is likely to miss the rest of the season as he is set to undergo an ankle operation.
Last Meeting: Norwich’s relegation fears were deepened after they suffered a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at Swansea, for whom Jonathan de Guzman scored twice. The Dutch international opened the scoring with a powerful shot from 18 yards on the half hour mark and then lifted in his second eight minutes later. Wayne Routledge put the seal on it when he slotted home after running on to Jonjo Shelvey’s pass.