Swansea City v Aston Villa 2016
In a desperate bid to battle relegation, Swansea reluctantly sacked Monk, and while it seemed harsh at the time, recent form has been improving for the Swans – they’re now eight points clear of the relegation zone.
After a short spell in hospital Guidolin will return to the dugout for Saturday’s clash, and he’s called this game the most important of the season, which sounds like the Italian’s own false narrative. Is he getting us confused with someone else?
Villa’s tiresome descent into the Championship looks, on paper, set to continue. But with the likes of Tom Fox shown the Villa Park exit door, could Garde’s no-hopers capture some of the rare positivity surrounding the week’s news?
Swansea are unbeaten in six League games against Villa, and have won the last four in a row
Guidolin on Swansea
Garde on Swansea clash
01 Jan 2013 Swansea 2 Villa 2
A late equaliser from Danny Graham robbed Villa of all three points.
Swansea – Last five matches at home: W 2, D 1, L 2
Villa – Last five matches away: D 1, L 4
Villa have never won at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League.
One to Watch
Gylfi Sigurdsson – The Icelandic midfielder has scored seven goals in his last 11 Premier League appearances and is known to some Swans as Siggy Stardust.
Facts to Sweep Under the Carpet
It seems strangely fitting that the last time Villa won at Swansea was in the Third Division in 1971.
Yes, it would be overly dramatic to suggest back-to-back relegations could beckon for the Villans, but it will take more than board changes to make a difference for Villa.
To say Villa have not enjoyed their away trips would be an understatement. We’ve picked up just three points out of the last 42 available from away games – and none of them were victories.
Swansea’s relegation worries have been all but eased thanks to recent results, including an impressive 2-1 win away at the Emirates.
“it is the most important game of the season for us.” – Guidolin
Why Villa Have Got This Game in the Bag (for the optimistic)
A while ago we called Villa the footballing equivalent of Murphy’s Law, but could it work both ways?
Swansea are sitting surprisingly comfortably considering they’re in 16th place, and with Premier League survival all but secured, it’s conceivable that they could take their foot off the gas.
Guidolin has bizarrely proclaimed the match as the most important so far, but it’s likely his side will be more than confident of all three points. But underestimate Villa at your peril!
Garde has said the situation is now urgent, which he says every week, so surely we’re bound to see this reflected in the players at some point?!
Call us optimistic, but Swansea have only won three of their last 13 league matches at the Liberty Stadium.
In addition to this, their tally of six goals in eight league home matches is rather low for a team known for attractive, free-flowing football.
Villa’s wins this season have come against teams in Swansea’s general league position. With no more sense of expectancy surrounding a long-suffering Villa side, perhaps a win might just materialise…