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Swansea out to avoid relegation decider

Press Association logoPress Association 4/05/2017 Phil Blanche

Swansea boss Paul Clement hopes to avoid a historic Premier League relegation play-off with Hull.

The so-called "39th game" would happen if Hull and Swansea finished in joint-18th place, level on points, goal difference and goals scored.

At the moment Hull have a two-point advantage over Swansea with three games remaining but the two clubs' goal difference and goals scored are similar.

Swansea's goal difference is -29 compared with Hull's -31, and the Welsh club have scored four more goals.

Should those records be identical come the end of the season, with a relegation place at stake, the Premier League would take the unprecedented step of organising a one-off match.

This is in line with the rules laid out in its annual handbook to decide which club retain their top-flight status, with the game to be played at a neutral venue.

"It is a possibility, isn't it?" Swansea head coach Clement said. "We're +2 better on goal difference, four goals better. So it is tight.

"Obviously you want to try to avoid it but at the same time I'd take it (rather than go down)."

Hull have the chance to steal a march on Swansea on Saturday afternoon when they entertain already-relegated Sunderland.

Swansea host Everton in the Saturday evening kick-off and conclude their season against Sunderland and West Brom.

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