With just nine games remaining, Swansea City are entering the home straight of this Premier League season. Having seemed doomed to relegation in the darkest parts of December, the Swans now enter Spring with genuine hope of surviving.
This year’s relegation battle promises to be one extremely tightly contested, with five teams within three points of the relegation zone and three more teams just another four points ahead.
While Swansea meet Huddersfield on Saturday, Swans fans will undoubtedly be nervously checking the scores all around the country. So, who should they be rooting for? Who needs to win, and who needs to lose to most benefit Swansea? Let’s look at each match, and who Swansea fans should be secretly supporting this weekend.
Man Utd v Liverpool
The early kick-off will be fiercely contested and almost certainly contain a lot of drama. It will not however, have any effect on Swansea’s final placing come the end of the weekend. Swansea fans, you can rest easy while watching this one.
Everton v Brighton
Both sides sit in the pocket just above Swansea, and a win here for either side could provide a huge boost, if not secure survival. Carlos Carvalhal and his players will be looking to see a draw here, in the hopes that a Swans win can drag both clubs back into the scrap in the bottom half.
Newcastle v Southampton
Promoted last year, Newcastle were probably expecting to be looking over their shoulder at this stage of the season. Mauricio Pellegrini’s Southampton however, certainly were not. Since both sides are perched just above the relegation zone, a draw would allow Swansea to create some breathing room with a win at Huddersfield.
WBA v Leicester
While almost anyone from 20th to 10th position could still be relegated, there is only one side that looks pretty much nailed on to go down in a few months time. West Brom sit seven points adrift of nineteenth place, and a Leicester victory accompanied by wins for their rivals could all but end their hopes of survival.
West Ham v Burnley
Last week’s dominant performance at the Liberty Stadium managed to lift Swansea above West Ham on goal difference. With the East London side facing a Burnley side that has secured their survival through their early season form, Swansea will hope for a Burnley win to prevent West Ham from pushing back up the table.
Chelsea v Palace
Chelsea currently sit in fifth place, while Crystal Palace are just the wrong side of the dotted line of relegation, three points behind Swansea. A Chelsea win would allow Swansea to potentially move six points clear of the relegation zone, a feat that seemed unthinkable even a few weeks ago.
Arsenal v Watford
Arsenal are not having their greatest season of recent times, but have not yet been dragged into the relegation battle that currently encapsulates more than half of the league table. A Watford win would put significant distance between them and relegation, so Swans fans will want Arsene Wenger’s side to continue their form from their Europa League victory over AC Milan midweek.
Spurs v Bournemouth
Similarly to their London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur may find themselves supported by Swansea fans for one weekend only. While Spurs hunt to secure Champions League football, their opponents are looking to secure a vital three points to push into the top half. With a victory at Huddersfield and a Spurs victory at Wembley, Swansea could equal Bournemouth’s points total.
Stoke v Man City
Back in October, Man City displayed the kind of captivating performance that indicated that their title-winning potential, destroying Stoke 7-2. A repeat performance from Pep’s side would heap more pressure on Stoke, and prevent them from escaping the relegation zone this weekend.
Man City win