Tomorrow, Swansea will play an away game against Swiss team St Gallen needing just a point to secure qualification to the Europa League knockout rounds.
This game will be Swansea's fifth match in two weeks. In the four games already played Swansea have picked up four out of nine possible league points and lost in the Europa League to Valencia.
Due to Monday night's draw against Hull City, Swansea sit 10th in the table six points from relegation. Michael Laudrup couldn't have spoken truer words than he did after beating Newcastle 3-0 when the said that “we needed that result."
Without that win Swansea would have been only three points off the relegation place. This is of course not where any team wishes to find themselves.
Now on paper and on the pitch Swansea have simply too much about them to suffer relegation. Anyone who spends time watch Swansea will see a team that is very technically adept. From the defenders through to the forward positions the Swans get the ball down on the deck and pass it.
At their best, Swansea play a high tempo one or two touch game that draws the opposing defenders in before exploiting the space left elsewhere with triangle passes. These talents should enable Swansea to challenge in the top flight.
We all know however, that football does not work like this.
Against Hull, on Monday, Swansea only really managed to play their style of football for maybe a fifteen minute period in the second half. Partly this was due to Hull who are a surprisingly solid team with Huddlestone and Livermore anchoring the midfield.
Partly, however it is due to the gruelling schedule Swansea have endured this year. It's not just the last two weeks. Swansea's season started on August 1 with a Europa League qualifier against Malmo. Since then, Swansea's Europa League campaign means they have played 25 games.
Swansea's small squad is struggling to maintain this pace. Michu has begun picking up niggling injuries. It was announced today that the ever dependable Michel Vorm needs knee surgery at some point this season and expensive summer signing Wilfred Bony has a hamstring injury and squad players like Gary Monk, Angel Rangel, Alvaro and Leon Britton all add to the injury list.
Even with all this Swansea should have enough about them not to find themselves in trouble. All it will take however is a few bad results. Swansea's six point gap off relegation will dissipate and they will be in the relegation battle.
History shows once that happens getting clear of relegation isn't a guaranteed. Just ask Ipswich or Leeds.
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