Fernandez scores the only goal of the game as Swans beat Villans

Fernandez scores the only goal of the game as Swans beat Villans

Unfortunately, that's all we've got time for today. We hope you've enjoyed our coverage of Swansea City - Aston Villa, and until next time, goodbye.

That's it, it's all over at the Liberty Stadium. Swansea clinch the three points and that, you'd imagine, will secure their Premier League status for another season at least. Federico Fernandez's header was all that they needed, after an error from Brad Guzan, and Villa will be left disappointed.

Full-time: Swansea City 1-0 Aston Villa

90+4: Just wide from Gomis, as he pokes the ball through Cissokho's legs before getting a shot away.

90+1: Gestede does well to bring the ball down from a clearance before sliding Ayew through. A very cynical challenge from Britton on Ayew, he gets a yellow card, only staying on the pitch as there was another man goalside.

90: Green doing his best to create something for Villa, forces a cross to Gestede, but the striker has a first time shot blocked. Four minutes of stoppage time.

86: Kingsley's been bright at left-back for Swansea tonight, but he's unfortunately now limping off injured. Wayne Routledge on in his place. Can Villa get a goal to salvage a point in the little time remaining?

75: Gestede fails to get a header on target from a cross, the ball boucing out to Green on the edge of the area, but his ambitious volley is charged down by a flurry of white shirts.

74: Very little happening at all. Swansea happy to sit on their lead, Villa doing nothing going forward. Remi Garde attempts to change things, bringing on Agbonlahor for Gil.

62: First change of the night for Villa, youngster Andre Green replaces Veretout.

59: The man who got the assist for the goal, Sigurdsson, picks up a booking, stopping a Villa counter attack.

53: Sigurdsson swings in the free-kick, Guzan comes to claim it and completely misses the ball, which bounces off Fernandez and drops into the net. Nightmare for the 'keeper, 1-0 to the hosts.

GOAL! Swansea ahead from the resulting free-kick!

52: Red card? Nope! The Swansea fans can't believe it, as Cissokho, already on a yellow, pulls Barrow down as he races towards the goal. Mike Dean doesn't give him a second yellow, and he's a very lucky boy.

45: Kick-off, back underway at the Liberty Stadium.

One change at half-time for Swansea, Leon Britton replaces Ki.

Little to split the two teams in a first half where neither had any clear cut chance, but showed enough going forward to give each set of fans confidence for the second half.

Half-time: Swansea City 0-0 Aston Villa

45: One minute of stoppage time announced.

39: Gomis finds half a yard, rolling Clark on the edge of the area, only to hammer an effort way too high with his left peg. 

35: Fairly end-to-end stuff at the moment, although to suggest there's been any clear cut chances might be a stretch too far. Rangel gets on the overlap, cutting it back for Sigurdsson, but his shot is blocked.

33: Fabianski forced into a save, after Gestede does very well to get onto the end of a Veretout cross that originally went behind the striker. 

32: The home crowd are off their seats for a moment as Sigurdsson slides Barrow through on goal. He rounds Guzan, but the flag is up for offside. 

28: It is too far out for the Iceland international. He curls an effort well over.

27: Yellow card for Aly Cissokho, bringing down a marauding Barrow. Is this close enough for Sigurdsson to get an effort on target? Maybe.

25: Villa deal comfortably with a flurry of Swansea corners, a big punt from Gueye eventually getting the ball clear. Based on the first 25 minutes, you wouldn't think that Villa were bottom of the table, nor that Swansea were in relative safety. Still, it's 0-0. 

22: Close! Good work from Jordan Veretout as he wins a corner. The Frenchman takes it, finding Ciaran Clark, who watched on as his header looped just over.

17: Handbags! A long ball up from Alan Hutton sees Rudy Gestede and Ashley Williams battle, eventually throwing eachother to the floor. They're both held back as they attempt to have a push and a pull, but no cards for either of them - yet.

12: Better from Swansea. Barrow charging down the right, using his low centre of gravity to beat Cissokho, before Ciaran Clark sweeps his cross out for a corner. Cork gets to the ball first at the front post, but can only head over.

8: Just over! Great work from Ayew as he wins the ball back in the Swansea half, dancing around Ashley Williams before sending a shot just over the bar. 

4: A fairly bright start for Villa, who have spent the first few minutes camped in Swansea's half. Rudy Gestede gets an early shot away, slicing wide of Fabianski's post.

0: Kick-off, we're underway.

Villa substitutes: Bunn, Okore, Bacuna, Sanchez, Green, Sinclair, Agbonlahor.

Swansea substitutes: Nordfeldt, Naughton, Amat, Britton, Montero, Routledge, Paloschi.

Aston Villa XI: Guzan; Hutton, Clark, Lescott, Cissokho; Westwood, Gueye; Gil, Veretout, Ayew; Gestede.

Swansea City XI: Fabianski, Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Kingsley, Cork, Ki, Fer, Barrow, Sigurdsson, Gomis.

Just an hour away from kick-off now, and we've got the all important team news!

A big question is, has Garde done any better? Sherwood took four points from 10 league games at the start of the season, an average of 0.4 per game. With interim manager Kevin MacDonald taking charge for the defeat to Spurs, it means Garde has taken charge of 19 games so far. He’s picked up 12 points, at an average of 0.63 per game, giving him a better record than Sherwood. It is interesting to note, that had Villa gone at 0.63 points per game all season up to this point, they’d only be three points better off, but would still potentially be in with a shout of survival.

Sigurdsson equalised for Swansea as they beat Villa back in October. | Photo: Reuters
Sigurdsson equalised for Swansea as they beat Villa back in October. | Photo: Reuters

The two teams have of course already met this season, facing off in what turned out to be Tim Sherwood’s last game before being sacked as Villa boss. Jordan Ayew put the Villans ahead, only for Gylfi Sigurdsson and Andre Ayew to complete the comeback for the away side. That was Villa’s sixth straight league defeat at the time, and Sherwood was out of the door soon after.

How about Aston Villa’s form? Well, after a brief flirt with survival, as they took eight points from five Premier League games, they’ve firmly crashed and burned - losing five in a row. Admittedly, they’ve been defeated by good teams - Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool all seeing them off - but it’s the lack of fight shown which has frustrated the fans mostly. They’ve scored twice and conceded 17 in those five games, meaning you’d make Swansea heavy favourites for tonight.

Swansea’s aforementioned recent good form saw them pick up back-to-back league victories for the the just the second time this season, before they were cruelly denied anything last weekend. Those two wins were against Arsenal and Norwich, with a remarkable 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium followed up by a 1-0 home triumph against the Canaries. They travelled to face Bournemouth last weekend, twice coming from behind to go into the final period at 2-2, only for Steve Cook to pop up with a winner for the Cherries.

Things haven’t gone particularly well for Swansea either this season, and you can tell by their current placing of 16th, far away from their aspirations of a European place. However, some decent form recently has pulled them away from relegation danger, with the Swans sitting eight points ahead of 18th placed Norwich City, and you’d assume that they’ll get over the line and look to build in the summer.

Starting by looking at the overall position of the two teams, it’s fair to say that the season so far hasn’t been a success for either. Despite that, there is still a huge gulf between them, with Villa certainly being the worse off. Bottom of the league after 30 games, of which they’ve only won three, relegation is looming for the famous club. They’re nine points away from safety with just 24 left to play for. Two of the three teams immediately above them have a game in hand, and Remi Garde’s side have, by far, the worst goal difference in the division.

Hello there, and welcome to VAVEL UK’s live minute-by-minute commentary of this evening’s Premier League clash between Swansea City and Aston Villa, contested at the Liberty Stadium. Kick-off in South Wales is set for 17:30 GMT, but stick with us before then as we build up to the game, and get the team news ahead of this important fixture.