Swansea City - Aston Villa Preview: Swans looking to secure safety

Three points would be a huge step towards survival for the recuperated Welsh outfit.

Swansea City - Aston Villa Preview: Swans looking to secure safety

Whilst Aston Villa look doomed at the foot of the table, Swansea City seem to have clawed their way to safety - and a win against the Villans would strengthen their hold on a place in the top flight for next season.

With two wins from their last three, in comparison to the visitors' five successive defeats, to say they are the favourites would be an understatement, with a home win the only result most are expecting tomorrow evening.

Recent form

Back-to-back wins over Arsenal and Norwich City have lifted the spirits in South Wales, and now they sit eight points above the drop with eight games to go.

In this fixture against the league's bottom side, they have a massive opportunity to extend the margin to 11 points if results go their way, and they will back themselves to do so - even after losing to Bournemouth last time out.

Villa, meanwhile, have shipped 17 goals in their last five outings - scoring just two in response. A 6-0 thrashing at home to Liverpool has been the lowest point of that run so far, whilst a 4-0 defeat against Manchester City at the beginning of the month was not much better.

Last time out, they fell to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of title-challenging Tottenham Hotspur, but will view their clash with Swansea as a rare chance to clinch some sort of result and give the fans something to cheer about as one of their darkest seasons in history drags to a close.

Previous meetings

Nothing reads in Villa's favour heading into this game; and that includes the head-to-head history between these two sides.

They have met 13 times in the past, with the Villans winning just three of those. Furthermore, two of those victories came all the way back in the 1980s.

Their only win in the Premier League era over the Swans, or since the turn of the century, came in the form of a 2-0 result at Villa Park back in 2012. Matthew Lowton and Christian Benteke were the scorers on the day, but that is the team's only win in their last 10 games against Swansea.

A win for the hosts tomorrow would be their fifth in a row against the Midlands outfit, as well as securing a double over the club for the second successive season.

They kicked off the prolific run with a 4-1 victory at the Liberty Stadium in 2014, with Wilfried Bony at the double either side of goals from Jonjo Shelvey and Pablo Hernandez. A couple of 1-0 results, one at home and one on the road, followed, before goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and André Ayew secured a 2-1 win at Villa Park back in October.

An injury to André means the Ayew rivalry cannot continue at the weekend. | Photo: Goal
An injury to André means the Ayew rivalry cannot continue at the weekend. | Photo: Goal

Team news

The Ayew brothers cannot continue their sibling rivalry tomorrow evening, with André out with an ankle injury for this game.

Both scored when they clashed in the reverse fixture, but Swansea will be without one of their star men on the attack this time round after he picked up a knock in the Norwich victory.

Jordan, meanwhile, will hope to add his sixth of the season in his brother's absence, with him yet to score in 2016.

Otherwise, Swansea have a fully fit squad for this game, whilst Villa have no fresh concerns.