Preview: Swans v Saints
20th April 2013
The Swans will be looking to get back to winning ways when they host Southampton at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday (3pm).
Michael Laudrup's side have won just once in their last six matches - a 1-0 victory over Newcastle on March 2.
Three successive defeats followed but the Swans stopped the rot a fortnight ago with a battling draw against Norwich to keep their place in the top half of the Premier League table.
However, they face a Southampton side brimming with confidence after just one defeat in six outings.
Mauricio Pochettino's men have lifted themselves up to 12th in the table following wins over Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea in recent weeks.
The former Espanyol boss took over from Nigel Adkins back in January, and will be looking to his striking quartet of Gaston Ramirez, Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert to cause the home side problems.
The reverse fixture at St Mary's back in November ended in a 1-1 draw as Nathan Dyer grabbed a point for Swansea against his former club.
Michael Laudrup could have a fully fit squad to choose from, while Luke Moore could keep his place up front after scoring three goals in his last four games.
Mauricio Pochettino could welcome back defender Luke Shaw from a virus, while Jay Rodriguez is pushing for a recall after dropping to the bench for last weekend's draw with West Ham.
What they said
Swans boss Michael Laudrup: "We have six games to go and Saturday is a key game. We have been in the top ten for a number of weeks now and we want to stay there.
"If we want to stay there then we need a win on Saturday, particularly with the games we have after that.
"Beating the big teams is a bonus, but I'd prefer to beat the teams that are our direct rivals. And I believe that if we win on Saturday then we will finish in the top ten."
Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino: "I'm pleased and satisfied with how we have been playing, but you always need a bit of dissatisfaction.
"All that games that I manage - whether they are at home or away - are winnable, so I want to win.
"Swansea's brand of football is established, and quite similar to what we're trying to achieve at Southampton."
This is only the second meeting between the two sides in the Premier League, with the reverse fixture back in November ending in a 1-1 draw.
The last time the two clubs met at the Liberty Stadium, the Swans ran out 3-0 winners in October 2008 when both sides were in the Championship.
The Swans have conceded at least two goals in their last four matches in the Premier League
The Saints are unbeaten in their last five league outings, including last Saturday's 1-1 draw with West Ham
32Red odds: Swansea 23/17 Southampton 21/10 Draw 27/11