Swansea City v Aston Villa

18 Mar

Aston Villa forward Jordan Ayew competes with Swansea's Jefferson Montero

Aston Villa forward Jordan Ayew competes with Swansea’s Jefferson Montero in the reverse fixture last October


Andre Ayew has an ankle injury and will miss Swansea’s home game against Aston Villa and his brother Jordan.

Jefferson Montero is available after illness, while head coach Francesco Guidolin returns to the dugout following a three-game absence with a chest infection.

Aston Villa midfielder Carlos Sanchez is fit after a two-month lay-off because of a hamstring injury.

Adama Traore and Jack Grealish won’t be available until next month.


Alistair Mann: “With an eight-point cushion over the bottom four, it would take a dramatic turnaround for Swansea to be genuinely considered as a potential relegation candidate.

“If 40 points remains the safety target, even in this most unpredictable of seasons, then the visit of a hapless Aston Villa surely offers a great opportunity for the hosts to register three of the seven points they may need.

“Head coach Francesco Guidolin describes it as their ‘most important game of the season’.

“His opposite number Remi Garde stated only last week his side can still ‘do a Leicester’ and survive – a first away win since 8 August would still do little to convince many that Villa truly have what it takes to beat the drop.”

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Swansea City head coach Francesco Guidolin: “It will not be easy. I know this situation because I have many matches behind me and know how difficult a match like this is.

“My team has to play well with concentration and intensity, as if it is a final.”

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde: “I am not stupid. It’s an impossible mission that we have to make possible. You never know in football.

“I still believe. I have said that since the first day. I am focused on saving the club from relegation.”


If Swansea do not beat Aston Villa, then I would be seriously worried about them, especially because of what the three points will do for their survival prospects.

Prediction: 2-0

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Swansea and Villa have failed to score more than two goals in a league match this season<!–



  • Swansea have won four successive matches against Aston Villa. Their only defeat in the last 10 came at Villa Park in September 2012.
  • Villa are winless in six trips to Swansea – all in the top flight – since a 2-1 victory in the old Third Division in December 1971.

Swansea City

  • The Swans are vying for a third win in four matches, which would give them successive home victories for the first time since August.
  • They have won just three of their last 13 Premier League matches at the Liberty Stadium (W3, D5, L5).
  • Swansea’s tally of 14 goals in 15 home matches this season is the third lowest in the division, ahead of only Watford (13) and Villa (11).
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored seven league goals in 2016 – only Sergio Aguero (9) and Harry Kane (8) have scored more.

Aston Villa

  • Villa have lost five Premier League games in a row, conceding two or more goals in each of them.
  • They have suffered 20 league defeats for the third successive season. They last fared worse in 1986-87, when they were relegated after losing 22 times in a 42-match season.
  • Remi Garde’s side have the worst away record in the division, with three draws and 11 defeats since beating Bournemouth on the opening day.
  • Villa’s tally of 16 points is the third lowest in Premier League history after 30 games. Sunderland and Derby both had 10 points at this stage in 2005-06 and 2007-08 respectively.


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