May 8, 2018 / 8:51 PM / 12 days ago

Soccer-Southampton prevail in winner-takes-all clash with Swansea

* Southampton beat Swansea 1-0 to move three points clear of drop zone

* Result condemns West Bromwich Albion to relegation

* Manolo Gabbiadini scored the only goal in the second half

* Southampton almost certainly safe due to superior goal difference

* Swansea need to win final game and hope Huddersfield lose their last two matches

* Swansea host Stoke City, Southampton home to Manchester City in final games

SWANSEA CITY 0 SOUTHAMPTON 1

May 8 (Reuters) - Southampton almost certainly secured their Premier League survival after Manolo Gabbiadini’s second-half goal gave them a 1-0 win over Swansea City on Tuesday that left their relegation rivals deep in the mire.

The result saw West Bromwich Albion relegated to the Championship and left Southampton on 36 points, three clear of Swansea heading into the season’s final round of matches this weekend.

With Southampton’s goal difference better than Swansea’s by nine, it would take a remarkable swing against the south-coast club, who host champions Manchester City on Sunday, for them to drop out of the top flight.

Swansea need to win their final game against already relegated Stoke City and hope Huddersfield Town lose at Chelsea on Wednesday and at home to Arsenal on Sunday.

Reporting by Toby Davis; Editing by Ken Ferris

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