No need for Swansea to panic yet despite Premier League worries
Defeat to Southampton last week saw Swansea fail to ease their relegation fears, and with tricky fixtures coming up, things may get worse before they get better, but there should be no need to panic.
The 1-0 loss at the Liberty Stadium means the Welsh side have failed to kick-on from their win at Everton in Francesco Guidolin’s first game in charge, and they currently sit just three points above the drop.
However, Southampton boss Ronald Koeman had some encouraging words for the Swans following his sides’ fifth win in six games: “Swansea are too strong to be relegated. If I compare them to other teams they are strong, it was the first defeat for a few games,” he said.
“They made it difficult for us,” the Dutchman added.
With no game this weekend due to FA Cup action, Swansea have a week off to prepare for a trip to the Premier League’s form team in Tottenham.
Ominously Guidolin’s men follow that up with another trip to north London to visit Arsenal, and after that clash with Wenger’s men the table might not look too good for the Swans.
Get those two games out of the way however with even as much as one point, and the Liberty Stadium outfit can have reason to be confident this spring.
The Swans follow up that north London double by welcoming fellow relegation foes Norwich to south Wales, followed by a trip to Bournemouth and a home tie with Aston Villa.
Claim six or seven points from that trio, and Swansea could realistically be sitting on 33-35 points with seven games to spare.
With this season’s survival line looking to be around 36/37 points, that would require the Welsh side to pick up a very manageable five points from seven matches.
So while things may look a little gloomy as we enter March, as spring blooms so might Swansea’s hopes of survival.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.