'Do or die for Swansea's survival hopes'

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Who says the final few weekends of the Premier League are not interesting? As a Swansea fan, it has been a season of some highs, but more often massive lows, and this is one such low will be tough to return from, but return we must.

5th May 2018

Bournemouth won 1-0 courtesy of a Ryan Fraser goal in the first-half and, despite a need to win, the Swans could not get on the scoresheet, and now it really is do or die.

Now or never

When Carlos Carvalhal came in to manage the club, it was all very much doom and gloom.

However, the new boss oversaw a good run that included wins over Liverpool and Arsenal, and it seemed as though safety was edging ever closer.

However, since their fine run they have struggled, and Southampton have taken advantage of this, with Mark Hughes’ side finally rising out of the relegation zone. 

The 33 points the Swans have means they are in the relegation zone due to their goal difference, and if they exactly match Southampton’s results until the end of the season, they will go down. It makes for grim reading.

However, their next game sees them host none other than Southampton, while Stoke lie in wait on the final day.

If Swansea could have asked for two games to end their season, it would have been against their direct rivals and a side already relegated. If Swansea do not beat the two and secure survival, simply put, they deserve to go down.

The biggest game of the season awaits

It is all well and good beating Arsenal and Liverpool at the Liberty Stadium, which will go down as two of the Welsh side’s biggest ever wins.

But that is not where a season is won and lost. Swansea’s next game against Southampton is the most important fixture in their Premier League career to-date. 

If the Saints come to the Liberty and win, then it means the Swans will be three points behind with one game left to play.

Of course, they would not definitely be down, but they would have to hope Southampton lose and they beat Stoke to overturn a goal difference that currently stands at -19 for Southampton and -26 for the Swans. Therefore, it is clear that Swansea have to at least avoid defeat this week.

Southampton’s final game is against Manchester City, who will be be desperate to get to 100 points, while Swansea’s next opponents in Stoke are already down.

While playing for pride is a massive influence on a side, playing for your Premier League survival is a bigger one.

The final fixtures definitely favour the Swans, but they must ensure they are not going into the final day looking for something of a miracle. 

A weekend for the neutral 

While Chelsea are chasing Champions League football, and they may yet secure a spot in the top-four, the title has been secured for months.

The European places are once again going to the teams you would expect, while the sides in complete safety could have been called fairly early on. It has made for something of a tepid end to the season in the top half of the table. That is not the case at the bottom though.  

There are other leagues in which the bottom three have been decided for weeks as they are so far below the standard of the other sides, the Premier League has continued its trend of the fight going down to the last day.

Realistically, any of the sides from Newcastle down were in danger up until a few weeks ago, while Swansea and Southampton are battling for the final safety spot, and West Brom have somehow found their way into the fray too. 

While the excitement at the top may have been dulled down in recent weeks, the battle at the bottom is raging on and, despite being a Swansea fan that does not want to be in this situation, I can’t help but admit that it is incredibly exciting. 

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