Premier League Preview: Swansea City vs. Aston Villa

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  • Andre Ayew out injured for Swansea
  • Villa have just one away win all season
  • Swans have won four straight over Villa

Swansea City will fancy their chances of earning a third win in four matches as they host bottom-side Aston Villa on Saturday (Watch live, 1:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra).

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After missing three matches with illness, Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin returns to the touchline this weekend for a match that could define the club’s season. A win could see Swans 11 points clear of the drop, while a loss to lowly Villa would surely ring alarm bells at the Liberty Stadium. Swans have won two of their last three matches, led by Icelandic international Gylfi Sigurdsson. Sigurdsson has seven goals in 2016, behind only Sergio Aguero and Harry Kane, and he’ll have to carry the load again on Saturday as Andre Ayew has been ruled out with an ankle injury.

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Villa have just one win away from home this year, and that came in the first match of the season at Bournemouth. The Villans enter Saturday having lost five straight and glued to last place since early November. Carlos Sanchez returns to the side after missing two months with a hamstring injury, but Remi Garde’s side needs much more help than the Colombian midfielder to try and pull off the greatest of escapes.

What they’re saying

Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin: “We have an important game on Saturday, and it the most important game of the season for us. I know their situation, and I know how difficult matches like this can be. But I hope to see my team play well, with concentration and intensity.”

Villa boss Remi Garde: “I am not stupid. It’s an impossible mission that we have to make possible. You never know in football. I still believe. I have said that since the first day. I am focused on saving the club from relegation.”

Prediction

Aston Villa are done and dusted while Swans have actually turned a corner over the past few matches. It’s hard to see Villa take anything from this match, as the march to the Championship continues. Swansea City 3-1 Aston Villa.