Southampton travel to the Stadium of Light for their penultimate game of the season. Having lost to a late strike by ex-Saint academy graduate Gareth Bale at Tottenham last weekend, the Saints head into todays game knowing that a win will guarantee their survival from the drop. Sunderland find themselves just a point behind Southampton (38pts) and three points away from Wigan in 18th place, having fought back to earn a point at home to Stoke in their last outing.
Southampton travel to the Liberty Stadium today to face 9th placed Swansea in their 34th league game of the season. After a 1-1 draw at home to West Ham seven days ago, the Saints are 7 points clear of the relegation zone. Whilst it is unlikely that Southampton will now go down, a win today would take them over the 40 point mark and all but cement their place in the Premier League.
Swansea haven’t played since the 6th April, when they battled back to earn a 2-2 draw with Norwich. The Swans (9th) are just three points above Southampton (12th) and will be looking to get back to winning ways, having not won since 2nd March.
Southampton all but ensured their survival in the top flight with a fine 0-2 win over Reading last weekend.
A highly organized West Ham managed to negate Liverpool’s potent attacking threat as they battled to a 0-0 draw at Anfield last time out.
Southampton have enjoyed a very different season to their fellow newly promoted opponents today. They secured a stunning 2-1 victory over Chelsea in their last game thanks to goals from Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez.
Reading are now bottom of the Premier League on goal difference after falling to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Arsenal in their last league game. A Hal Robson-Kanu goal was scant consolation in that game.
Southampton are now 4 points clear of the relegation zone with 8 games to go in the Premier League after their fantastic 3-1 win over Liverpool before the international break.
The visitors to St Mary’s today leapfrogged Tottenham in their last league game to go third after beating London rivals West Ham 2-0.
Southampton would have felt hard done by to have a lost a match they dominated last weekend, their fixture with Norwich ending in a 0-0 draw after Luke Shaw conceded a late penalty.
Liverpool secured a vital 3-2 over Tottenham at Anfield last Sunday to keep their hopes of making it into the top four alive this season. Luis Suarez got his obligatory goal, and saw his strike added to by efforts from Stewart Downing and Steven Gerrard.