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  • 20 April 2013
  • • 15:00
  • • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • Referee: M. Halsey
  • • Attendance: 20561
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Swansea - Southampton Preview: In-form Saints aiming to move level on points with Laudrup's men

Mauricio Pochettino's men head to the Liberty Stadium on a good run and just three points behind the Capital One Cup winners as the two teams aim for a strong finish to the season

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SWANSEA

Vorm
Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies
Britton, De Guzman
Dyer, Routledge, Hernandez
Michu
SOUTHAMPTON

Boruc
Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw
Cork, Schneiderlin
Ramirez, Lallana, Davis
Lambert

Michael Laudrup has few injury concerns for the visit of the Saints and will be boosted by the return of Leon Britton and Neil Taylor, who has recovered from a broken ankle.

Southampton, meanwhile, have doubts over Kelvin Davis, who picked up a leg injury in training, and Guly do Prado who has a fever.

Jose Fonte should return to the squad, following the birth of his son, while Luke Shaw, Jason Puncheon and Jay Rodriguez are all fully fit after illness.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Swansea have not lost to Southampton at home for over 50 years. Their last defeat to the Saints came way back in 1962.
  • Since winning the Capital One Cup in February, Michael Laudrup’s men have won just once, a 1-0 victory over Newcastle.
  • Defender Ashley Williams used to be a team-mate of Rickie Lambert. The pair played together at Stockport for a year back in 2004.
  • Southampton striker Lambert (pictured right) is the highest scoring Englishman in the top flight with 14 goals, two more than next on the list Wayne Rooney.
  • The Saints have lost just twice away from home in 2013, at Manchester United and Newcastle.
  • Only Newcastle, Newcastle and Aston Villa (all with 35) have conceded more goals away from home than Southampton (34).
  • Midfielder Jack Cork has made 99 appearances for the Saint (over two spells) and will hit a century if he appears on Saturday.

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Available Squads
1Michel VormGoalkeeper
6Ashley WilliamsDefender
22Ángel RangelDefender
33Ben DaviesDefender
4ChicoDefender
7Leon BrittonMidfielder
-Pablo HernándezMidfielder
12Nathan DyerMidfielder
33Jonathan De GuzmánMidfielder
5MichuMidfielder
8Luke MooreStriker
25Gerhard TremmelGoalkeeper
3Neil TaylorDefender
21Dwight TiendalliDefender
15Wayne RoutledgeMidfielder
24Sung-Yong KiMidfielder
9Itay ShechterStriker
31Artur BorucGoalkeeper
2Nathaniel ClyneDefender
3Maya YoshidaDefender
5Jos HooiveldDefender
13Daniel FoxDefender
4Morgan SchneiderlinMidfielder
8Steven DavisMidfielder
18Jack CorkDefender
20Adam LallanaMidfielder
-Rickie LambertStriker
9Jay RodriguezStriker
1Kelvin DavisGoalkeeper
6Jose Rocha FonteDefender
3Luke ShawDefender
10G. RamírezMidfielder
16James Ward-ProwseMidfielder
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
24Emmanuel MayukaStriker
Players to Watch
Michu
Michu
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 5
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Michu has bagged 21 goals this season for Swansea in the Premier League, but it was still not enough to see the Spaniard onto the shortlist for the PFA Player of the Year Award. The 27-year-old has scored in each of his last two games for the Swans, and few would bet against him making that a hat-trick on Saturday.
Artur Boruc
Artur Boruc
Position: Goalkeeper
Squad Number: 31
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
Arthur Boruc signed a new two-year contract with the club this week, after joining on a free transfer in the summer. He has kept three clean sheets this season and will surely be looking for another one at the Liberty Stadium to celebrate his new deal and help his side to at least a point.
Prediction
An entertaining game looks to be in prospect at the Liberty Stadium as two teams who have impressed neutrals this season go head to head. The hosts have struggled for wins following their Capital One Cup success at Wembley, but will be refreshed after not being in action last weekend. Southampton, meanwhile, are on a good run and goals look likely, although they may have to settle for a point.
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