Swansea City v Middlesbrough

Swansea City know nothing less than a win against Middlesbrough will be good enough for their Premier League survival hopes.

The Swans have endured a difficult campaign, and saw Paul Clement replace former boss Bob Bradley to mixed results.

While the former Bayern Munich assistant has certainly seen an improvement in his side, and has led them to some notable victories, they remain in danger, in 17th place with 27 points – just three clear of the relegation places, having won just two of their last six league games.

They last lost 2-0 to Bournemouth away from home after a 2-1 defeat to Hull, also on the road, that followed a 3-2 win over Burnley at home.

Middlesbrough, meanwhile, recently dispensed with their manager, Aitor Karanka, with former assistant Steve Agnew having replaced him.

He has only overseen one game for Boro, a 3-1 home loss to Manchester United.

Ahead of this tie, Clement said: “Our focus now is on preparing for Middlesbrough and the next nine games,” after dismissing talk of star midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson’s comments about wanting to join a big club. 

Agnew added: “Paul Clement is a very, very good English coach and he’ll have them well organised with creative players going forward.

“We haven’t scored enough goals. We have to now think of way to create more chances. And converting those chances.

“Lots of ideas have gone into the players and I’m sure they’ll respond.”

In team news, Swansea have Martin Olsson back following an ankle injury, while Kyle Naughton is fit after recovering from a hamstring problem.

Middlesbrough have Daniel Ayala back after he also overcame a hamstring problem, but George Friend and Calum Chambers remained sidelined with calf and foot injuries.

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