Swansea City - Norwich City Preview: Crucial relegation clash at the Liberty

The Swans and the Canaries will face off in a huge six-pointer at the bottom on Saturday.

Swansea City - Norwich City Preview: Crucial relegation clash at the Liberty
Both these teams are struggling at the wrong end of the table and need to win this match. | Photo: Eastern Daily Press

Swansea City have a golden chance to really distance themselves from the relegation scrap this weekend as they look to build on Wednesday's win at Arsenal with a victory at home to strugglers Norwich City.

The Swans sit six points above the drop zone heading into the game but, with the Canaries fighting for their lives, they cannot afford to show complacency at the Liberty Stadium.

Recent form

Despite these two being separated by just a couple of places in the Premier League table, Swansea are the overwhelming favourites for the three points.

Their massive win over the Gunners on Wednesday ended a run of four winless games, with them having picked up just two points out of an available 12 in February, whereas Norwich are looking to snap a winless streak of nine games - eight of which have been defeats.

Scoring goals has been proving their downfall, with them having managed just three in five games since scoring four in an incredible 5-4 defeat to Liverpool in January. At the other end, they haven't kept a clean sheet since January 2nd.

Swansea themselves are struggling to keep clean sheets too, though they did manage to cling onto a lead in midweek for once, having surrendered one in three of their four games prior.

Having inspired the team to victory at the Emirates, captain Ashley Williams will be even more determined to keep the goals out this weekend too as he takes charge of the back line.

Previous meetings

Despite all the factors seemingly swinging in Swansea's favour, the head-to-head does not. These two have met 13 times, with the Canaries edging it with six wins to the Swans' five.

More significantly, in the Premier League era, they have met seven times in the top flight, and Swansea have emerged victorious in just one of those fixtures.

That win came the last time these two met at the Liberty, with the hosts running out 3-0 winners in March 2014 thanks to a Jonathan de Guzman double and a strike from Wayne Routledge.

That result followed the theme of goals galore that seems to occur when the Canaries come to South Wales. The two previous occasions in the Premier League, however, have seen Norwich score more of the goals - winning 4-3 and 3-2.

Their last meeting, on the other hand, was a narrow and hard fought 1-0 win for Alex Neil's side, with Jonny Howson the match winner after his 70th minute strike.

Swansea don't have the best recent record against Norwich - but need to put that right tomorrow. | Photo: Team Talk
Swansea don't have the best recent record against Norwich - but need to put that right tomorrow. | Photo: Team Talk

Team news

Norwich have a few concerns coming into this game, with Gary O'Neil and Robbie Brady having suffered nasty head injuries in the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on Tuesday.

The two clashed in the air as they challenged for the same ball and were left bloody and bruised, but were able to finish the game despite some gruesome gashes. Even so, they are sure to receive the attention of the medical staff ahead of this game in case of any concussion or dizziness.

As for Swansea, their only concern is their manager, who missed Wednesday's win after being hospitalised with a chest infection. The club believe he will be well enough to return to the dugout on Saturday, but things could yet change.

Whilst one could anticipate many changes to their XI that beat Arsenal, as six were made for the game in order to keep the legs fresh, the success of the result could mean the Swans opt for a similar team.