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April 20 sees the visit of Southampton to Swansea’s Liberty Stadium in a clash between this year’s footballing new boys and last year’s story of the Premier League, and while their similar playing styles might not result in a culture clash, the result could be emphatic.
Michael Laudrup’s side have won plaudits for adding variety and suitable directness to an already excellent passing base and deserved very much the 5-0 scoreline in last month’s League Cup final against Bradford City.
By contrast, while Mauricio Pochettino has instilled an impressive pressing game at the Saints, Southampton are still in danger of relegation, currently just three points above the relegation zone.
They won’t improve on that tally at Swansea, who might not be ready to make it into the England’s top seven yet, but will place at or near the top of the rest.
With sound finances, a ferocious fanbase and a pleasing footballing aesthetic, Swansea will show Southampton how they should be running their newly promoted Premier League club.