PREVIEW: Swans v Southampton
31st January 2017
Swansea City welcome Southampton to the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday night (7.45pm) hoping to build on their emphatic victory over Liverpool last time out.
Just over a week ago, the Swans upset the odds to beat Jurgen Klopp's side in what was the Reds' first defeat at Anfield in over a year.
The victory - Swansea's first in the league at Anfield - enabled Paul Clement's side to climb out of the Premier League relegation zone.
Attention will now turn to opening a gap between themselves and the bottom three, with Southampton standing in the way of another three points this evening.
The Saints head into tonight's fixture on the back of a disappointing defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup, but buoyed by reaching the EFL Cup final following victory over Liverpool almost a week ago.
Claude Puel's side are currently 11th in the top flight - nine points clear of the Swans.
Luciano Narsingh could make his Swans debut tonight after recovering from a calf injury.
Ki Sung-Yueng will return to the squad following a calf problem, while Leon Britton, Jefferson Montero and Oli McBurnie are all unavailable.
Southampton, meanwhile, will be without Virgil van Dijk due to an ankle injury.
James Ward-Prowse, Jay Rodriguez, Charlie Austin, Jeremy Pied, Matt Target and Alex McCarthy are all expected to be absent at the Liberty.
WHAT THEY SAID
Swans head coach Paul Clement: "It's really important to back up what we did at Liverpool with another good performance.
"It's about performing week-in, week-out and that's what we are looking to do.
"Winning at Liverpool was a bonus, but this is the type of home game is where we have to be looking to do well.
"We have to be better at home. Away results, especially against the big sides, are bonuses."
Southampton manager Claude Puel: "This is first position for us, with international players also playing during every international break.
"It is not normal and sometimes it gets to the point where the body can do no more. I had to protect some of my players against Arsenal.
"I believe we can do a better match, but it was not possible and it was hard to accept. We need to keep good focus for the next game where players can make a difference with a good physical level and good fit."
Southampton 1-0 Swansea City (September 2016)
Swansea City 0-1 Southampton (February 2016)
Southampton 3-1 Swansea City (September 2015)
Southampton 0-1 Swansea City (February 2015)
Swansea City 0-1 Southampton (September 2014)
1 - The Swans will be looking for successive Premier League victories for the first time since May 2016, following their shock 3-2 win at Liverpool last time out.
Fans are advised to arrive well in advance of kick-off tonight in order to avoid large queues at the turnstiles.
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