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Mark Hughes: Southampton must be calm ahead of crucial game

Mark Hughes: Southampton must be calm ahead of crucial game

In fact, no side has scored fewer Premier League goals this campaign than Swansea, who have netted a total of 27 times in 36 matches.

West Bromwich Albion's impressive late rally appears to be too little, too late as if there is a victor in Tuesday's clash between 18th-placed Swansea City and 17th-placed Southampton, both of whom have 33 points, then that would condemn the Baggies to relegation.

Carvalhal's men produced a flat performance at Bournemouth on Saturday and find themselves one point above the bottom three after Ryan Fraser's first-half strike. They know they must react very fast'.

Bournemouth failed to respond and were lucky not to be trailing by more before Josh King restored parity on the stroke of half-time.

After a fantastic start to the season, Watford have been sliding down the table in recent weeks and are low on confidence, with the Hornets without a win in their last six games.

While Swansea's defence was well organised their attack also showed promising signs although both Ayew brothers and Sam Clucas could not complement their direct running and non-stop efforts with the required finesse in finishing. An improved second half was a welcome sight for the home fans but it didn't quite improve enough, leaving the visitors heading South the happier team.

As far as Bournemouth are concerned, Harry Arter is a big doubt as he is now nursing an Achilles injury and Junior Stanislas will miss the game because of a knee injury.

Callum Wilson had a chance to double the Cherries' lead before the break when a mistake allowed him behind the Swans' back-line, but Fabianski stood up to deny him from the angle.

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He mentioned again then: 'I believe when a goalkeeper is a participant of the season, it is as a result of one thing is flawed. The ball looked liked it had been cleared off the line by Marcos Rojo but it was later awarded by goal-line technology.

'After a game that we lose, everyone is sad of course, ' he said.

Should Swansea beat Southampton then they would still need a point against Stoke on Sunday to stay up.

Out of the other nine, they have lost only four, drawing five.

The Swans lined up with five across the back with Carvalhal continuing to play it safe away from home.

West Ham are on the same mark as Huddersfield but have a superior goal difference which is likely to keep them afloat one more time.

There are only a couple more games left in Newcastle United's Premier League season and transfer talk is just beginning to heat up.

These sides played out a scoreless draw in the reverse fixture at St Mary's Stadium back in August, while Southampton have won six of the 11 Premier League matches between these clubs.

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