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Is it advantage Swansea City in the race for Premier League survival?

Crippy Cooke in Editorial, English Premier League 6 May 2017

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Swansea City moved out of the relegation zone with a narrow win over Everton in Saturday evening’s Premier League clash, leapfrogging Hull City who lost to Sunderland.

Paul Clement’s side boast the best points return in their last three games than the rest of the bottom-half and have a favourable run-in compared to Hull. The advantage is small between the two sides, but do Swansea have an edge now in the race for survival?

Hull City remaining Premier League games
(14/5/17) Crystal Palace (away)
(21/5/17) Tottenham Hotspur (home)

Swansea City remaining Premier League games
(13/5/17) Sunderland (away)
(21/5/17) West Bromwich Albion (home)

As for Hull’s remaining games, Crystal Palace can still be relegated if results go against them, and manager Sam Allardyce will fire up his side to respond from their humiliating defeat to Manchester City on Saturday so they need a win against Hull to confirm their safety. Tottenham Hotspur will be desperate to banish the demons of last season where results dramatically dipped after the title-race was sewn up so Hull can’t take anything for granted.

Swansea’s meeting with already-relegated Sunderland will see them as big favourites to come out on top as the Black Cats’ season is over. They have struggled for goals for many weeks and may struggle to perform at home due to the ire of the crown. City should look to take advantage. West Brom’s form has gone to pieces since they surpassed 40 points, and they’ve failed to win their last six games which will be music to Swansea’s ears.

One more win could seal safety for Swansea

City thrashed Sunderland 3-0 at home in the reverse fixture in December 2016 but lost to West Bromwich Albion, although three points from their remaining two games may well be enough as they’re already one point clear of Hull with two matches remaining. Clement is under no illusions that his side still have plenty of work to do but they’ve turned things round at the perfect time.

Seven points from their last three games (Stoke City, Manchester United, Everton) is a points return better than any other side 11th and below, and their impressive results to stellar clubs of late will be encouraging as they go into their penultimate game. The pressure is on Hull City now as they’ve relinquished their place outside of the bottom-three. Swansea City are 1/5 to stay up in the Premier League this season.

Will the Swans stave off relegation?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Crippy Cooke


Crippy Cooke has somehow written for the Telegraph, Independent, Huffington Post, Zoo Magazine, Daily Mail, ITV Football, MSN Sport, Yahoo Sport, London24 and Bleacher Report among others, despite knowing less about football than your average Fan TV member . The weekly accumulator enthusiast is saving up his winnings to pay for a much-needed hair transplant but grows more on his chin than his head. He lives and breathes football and somehow makes a living writing from it.

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