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SOUTHAMPTON VS SWANSEA CITY

Published:Friday | January 30, 2015 | 12:00 AM

SOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1)

FORSTER,

CLYNE, FONTE, GARDOS, BERTRAND,

REED, S DAVIS,

WARD-PROWSE, TADIC, ELIA,

PELLE

SWANSEA (4-2-3-1)

GOMIS,

BARROW, CARROLL, DYER,

SHELVEY, MONTERO,

TIENDALLI, AMAT, WILLIAMS RANGEL,

FABIANSKI

With just 16 games remaining in the Barclays Premier League and sitting in third place, 10 points behind leaders Chelsea, Southampton are beginning to believe they can qualify for next season's Champions League.

The facts do not lie; Southampton are unbeaten in their last six league games, winning five, drawing one and taking 16 points from a possible 18. At St Mary's Stadium, they have scored 24 goals - the joint highest in the division - and conceded just seven, and only Chelsea have let in fewer on home soil.

But in their last home game, in the FA cup last weekend, they lost 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace, having led twice.

Swansea also went out of the Cup last Saturday, losing 3-1 at Championship side Blackburn Rovers. And in their last home game in the Premier League, they were beaten 5-0 by Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium.

Indeed, the Swans have gone five games without a win in the Premier League; they last won on Boxing Day at home to Aston Villa, and last won a league game on the road at Hull, on December 20.

Saints should be confident; already they have beaten Swansea this season, winning 1-0 after the home side had Wilfried Bony, now at Manchester City, sent off. And Saints are unbeaten in their last six games against Swansea, winning the last three.

Indeed, Swansea last won at Southampton nearly 62 years ago, in March 53. Since then they have visited nine times, losing seven, drawing two, conceding 29 goals and scoring just six.

Saints miss several players including Shane Long, Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld.

Swansea, meanwhile, miss two players sent off at Blackburn: Kyle Bartley serves a one-game ban while Gylfi Sigurdsson begins a three-match suspension.