PREVIEW: Swans v Southampton
3rd May 2014
The Swans will be looking for their third straight win when they face Southampton on Saturday (3pm).
Garry Monk's side secured their Premier League status with a thumping 4-1 win over Aston Villa last weekend.
That result came on the back of a victory at Newcastle - and the Swans are now searching for three straight wins for the first time since March 2012.
However, they face a Southampton side that has enjoyed a fine second season back in the top flight.
After finishing 14th last year, Mauricio Pochettino's men have won a number of plaudits this term for their attacking prowess.
With 52 points on the board, the same total they achieved in 2003-04, the Saints are looking for their best ever Premier League finish.
Chico Flores is available again after suspension, while Angel Rangel is ruled out with a groin strain.
Rickie Lambert is a doubt for the visitors after suffering a knock in training, but Morgan Schneiderlin is back after overcoming a thigh problem.
WHAT THEY SAID
Swans head coach Garry Monk: "It's been a very long season. Ultimately, I don't think disappointing is the right term, but football changes so quickly.
"The two results we've just had changes the whole complexion, but if we can finish in the 40 points bracket then it would be hard to say it has been disappointing.
"From my point of view it has been brilliant. We've got to where we wanted to be, but on the whole it has been a difficult campaign - but one we have learned lots from."
Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino: "I think we've done very well playing away from home.
"We've actually achieved a record number of victories that we've achieved away and the most important thing overall is that we've played well away and played in the same way.
"I think we've played with personality, we've played with a lot of maturity when playing both at home and away."
- Swansea have scored in 16 of their 18 home league games this season; only Chelsea and Fulham (17) have scored in more.
- Southampton are without a win in seven away league games against Swansea (D3 L4)
- The Swans are the top scoring team in the bottom half of the table with 51 goals - only one fewer than sixth-placed Tottenham
- Southampton need just one more point to record a higher points total than they have in any of their last 11 top flight seasons
- Mauricio Pochettino's side have gone 205 minutes without conceding a goal in the Premier League
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