Swansea vs Southampton permutations as four clubs sweat on Premier League future

Swansea take on Southampton this evening in the definition of a six-pointer as both sides bid to avoid relegation from the Premier League to the Championship.

Saints currently sit in 17th place in the top flight, outside the bottom three on goal difference alone from their opponents tonight.

West Brom are two points further back having played a game fewer, and could be consigned to the second tier next term depending on the result this evening.

Huddersfield are three points clear of Southampton and Swansea but face two tough fixtures against Chelsea and Arsenal this week.

So – what are the permutations? Here’s all you need to know…

With things pretty much decided towards the top of the Premier League, the main interest is at the bottom end of the table.

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

However, a draw at the Liberty Stadium would see West Brom’s fight for survival extended to the final day of the campaign when they would have to win at Crystal Palace as well as relying on defeats for Swansea, who host relegated Stoke, and Southampton, who host champions Manchester City.

The Baggies would also require a four-goal swing with Saints.

A draw would leave Swansea needing to better Southampton’s result on Sunday as their goal difference is worse than that of Saints.

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

Should Southampton win in Wales then that would almost guarantee their survival as their goal difference is already seven better than Swansea’s heading into Tuesday’s game.

As things stand, Huddersfield – in 16th place and three points ahead of Swansea and Southampton – still need two points to ensure they stay up and they travel to Chelsea on Tuesday before finishing off the season at home to Arsenal on Sunday.

However, if there is a winner in the Swansea and Southampton clash then one point will be enough for the Terriers from their remaining two matches.

Chelsea’s win against Liverpool at the weekend kept alive their hopes of finishing in the top four but they are reliant on either Liverpool or Tottenham slipping up.

Antonio Conte’s team can end the campaign with a maximum of 75 points with wins in both of their remaining games against Huddersfield and Newcastle.

That means that third-placed Liverpool still need a victory against Brighton at Anfield on the final day of the season to ensure a top-four finish, with their goal difference vastly superior to Chelsea’s.

Tottenham hold a two-point cushion over Chelsea and victory at home to Newcastle on Tuesday night would see Spurs overtake Liverpool.

The north London side need four more points from their matches against Newcastle and Leicester to ensure they finish in the top four as, like Liverpool, their goal difference is far better than Chelsea’s.

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