Date: 5th March 2016 at 8:50am
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A hugely significant match at the wrong end of the Premier League takes place at the Liberty Stadium when 16th-placed Swansea play host to 19th-placed Norwich City.

The Swans had gone four matches without a win before they made the trip to the Emirates to face Arsenal on Wednesday night, and even the most optimistic of fans wouldn’t have seen them coming away with a 2-1 victory, but that is exactly what happened.

Despite the absence of manager Francesco Guidolin, who will again be missing in south Wales on Saturday, because of a chest infection, the Welsh outfit pulled off a shock success, thanks to captain Ashley Williams’ winning goal.

Swansea are now six points clear of the bottom three and their opponents this weekend, and they will have surely identified this clash as a must-win game in their bid for survival.

Meanwhile, Norwich are still only in the bottom three because of their inferior goal difference despite going eight matches without a win.

In fact, Tuesday’s 2-1 home defeat by Chelsea means that Alex Neil’s side have picked up just one point from the last 18 available, and the Canaries will know that they must improve upon that if they are to have any chance of staying in the top flight for a second successive campaign.

City boss Alex Neil will want to see a more steely performance from his defenders at the Liberty – his team have conceded 53 goals, the joint-most in the division alongside Sunderland.

Team News:

For the hosts, Ki Sung-Yueng and Leroy Fer should both be fit despite the duo being substituted in the win at the Emirates because of injury.

Norwich suffered a blow with the news that midfielder Alexander Tettey will miss the rest of the season after undergoing an ankle operation.

Robbie Brady and Gary O’Neil should be available despite clashing heads in midweek, while Steven Naismith, Patrick Bamford and Sebastien Bassong are all ready for selection.

League Position: Swansea – 16th (30 pts); Norwich – 18th (24 pts)
Previous Meeting: Norwich 1-0 Swansea (November 7, 2015)
Form: Swansea – WDDLLW; Norwich – LLLDLL
Key Men: Swansea – Gylfi Sigurdsson; Norwich – Nathan Redmond
Shoot Says: Swansea 2-1 Norwich

 
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