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Summary

  1. Swansea XI: Fabianski; Rangel, Fernandez, Williams, Kingsley; Cork, Fer, Ki, Barrow, Sigurdsson; Gomis.
  2. Aston Villa XI: Guzan; Hutton, Clark, Lescott, Cissokho; Veretout, Westwood, Gueye, Gil; Ayew, Gestede.
  3. Updates delayed by technical problems

Live Reporting

By Alan Jewell

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME - Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa

Swansea close it out and get the win through Federico Fernandez's, er, shoulder.

The Swans are now 11 points clear of the relegation zone, while Villa remain 12 points adrift of safety.

For Villa, the end of the season can't come soon enough,

Last on Match of the Day tonight?

Anyway, thanks for joining us. Cheerio.

YELLOW CARD

Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa

Leon Britton takes one for the team as he brings down Gabby Agbonlahor as the Villa striker threatens to run clear down the right-hand side. 

Villa are unable to do anything with the free-kick. Time running out.

INJURY TIME

Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa

Four added minutes...

YELLOW CARD

Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa

Wayne Routledge is the final change for Swansea (replacing Stephen Kingsley) and he is booked almost immediately for tripping fellow sub Gabby Agbonlahor.

Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa

Just about staying awake for this... virtually nothing happening in the closing stages. 

It's painful to watch an historic club like Aston Villa meekly going out of the Premier League with a whimper.

SUBSTITUTION

Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa

Gabby Agbonlahor came on for Carles Gil a couple of minutes ago as Aston Villa try to get something out of the game. For Swansea, Kyle Naughton replaces Modou Barrow as they try to shut up shop.

You get the feeling Aston Villa could play until midnight and still not score here. Their fragile confidence (if they can be in any way confident) has been knocked out of them by conceding such a shambolic goal.

Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa

Two corners in quick succession for Aston Villa... the first is headed out but Villa captain Joleon Lescott gets a header on target for the second. Unfortunately for him, it's straight at Lukasz Fabianski.

Fullerton sacked by Notts County

News from Notts County... manager Jamie Fullerton has been sacked...

BREAKING - Jamie Fullarton sacked by Notts County - more to follow

BREAKING - Jamie Fullarton sacked by Notts County - more to follow

Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa

Aston Villa's heads are down... having dominated the first half, they've offered very little since going behind. Carles Gil does loft a free-kick into the box but it loops over very slowly and is cleared.

Why not whip it in with pace?

Error prone? Just a bit

Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa

12 - Aston Villa have made more errors leading to goals in the Premier League this season than any other side (12). Flappy.

Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa

Just seen a replay of the goal... it doesn't get any better for Brad Guzan. Hapless, unfortunately. A feeble attempt to punch clear. If you come out, you simply have to do better than that.

SUBSTITUTION

Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa

Teenager Andre Green replaces Jordan Veretout as Aston Villa seek to get back into the match.

YELLOW CARD

Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa

Swansea's Gylfi Sigurdsson goes into the book for a hack on Jordan Veretout.

So, what have Aston Villa got? On the evidence of this season, not a lot. To be fair, they are very unlucky to be behind but Brad Guzan let his side down big time on the goal.

GOAL - Swansea 1-0 Aston Villa (Federico Fernandez)

Oh, Brad Guzan. A nightmare. He comes to punch clear a free-kick and doesn't get anything on it... the balls comes off the shoulder of Federico Fernandez and Swansea lead.

It could have been worse for Villa as Aly Sissoko was a lucky, lucky boy not to receive a second yellow card for fouling Modou Barrow to give away the free-kick. He had hands his hands all over him. Referee Mike Dean was very lenient.

Very lenient.

Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa

Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Sport Wales at the Liberty Stadium

Swansea's fans were seriously disgruntled at the end of the first half - and who can blame them after such a dreadful 45 minutes from the home side?

There seems to be some encouragement from the stands at the start of the second period, as fans' favourite Leon Britton comes on for the ineffective Ki Sung-yueng.

The South Korean was not the only player to underwhelm in the first half, though. Swansea need to improve all over the pitch.

Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa

Swansea showing a bit more in the early stages of the second half... shouts for a handball as a cross comes in from the left but not convincing.

KICK-OFF

Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa

Back under way... surely it can only improve.

Ki Sung-yueng is the man to make way for Leon Britton.

SUBSTITUTION

Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa

Leon Britton is coming on for Swansea... not sure who for yet...

Premier League results

Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa

Results
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Here's how it finished in Saturday's earlier Premier League games.

Leicester keep on going - Riyad Mahrez giving them a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace that takes them eight points clear.

It's still stunning.

That result means Swansea will go above Palace if they avoid defeat against Aston Villa.

HALF-TIME

Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa

Boos at the Liberty Stadium... Aston Villa very unlucky not to be in front. But scrappy, scruffy fare in truth.

Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa

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As we can see from this graphic, Aston Villa are dominating possession but haven't been quite as dominant in the last 10 minutes.

Oh, hang on. A lovely overhead kick from Rudy Gestede that Swansea captain Ashley Williams runs back to head clear before a mid-air Lukasz Fabianski gets to fist it away.

Do Swansea think they're safe and are struggling to get up for this?

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Bafetimbi Gomis is making a rare start for Swansea - after scoring four in the first four games of the season he has only managed one more since August.

He turns and shoots here but it's well wide.

Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa

Rudy Gestede has a chance as he meets Jordan Veretout's cross but the Aston Villa striker's effort is comfortably held by Lukasz Fabianski.

At the other end Gylfi Sigurdsson's shot is blocked by Ciaran Clark. 

Only a slight quickening in the pulse rate.

Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa

Still tepid fare in Swansea. The home team are at least enjoying a spell in Aston Villa's half but they're not doing anything particularly creative in there.

The Swans' Modou Barrow is played in by Gylfi Sigurdsson but is flagged offside. He was - but only just.  

YELLOW CARD

Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa

Aly Sissoko the first man into Mike Dean's book for bringing down Modou Barrow. Free-kick to Swansea from about 30 yards... well wide from Gylfi Sigurdsson.

Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa

Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Sport Wales at the Liberty Stadium

This may be Francesco Guidolin's first game back on the touchline since he was taken to hospital with a chest infection, but the Swansea head coach is his usual animated self.

The Italian is getting as close to the action as his technical area will allow him, waving his arms and cajoling his players.

Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa

A second corner for the Swans after Joleon Lescott and keeper Brad Guzan get in each other's way as they try to clear a cross... another corner follows as Bafetimi Gomis heads out and this one is easily cleared.

Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa

Jordan Ayew causing some bother in the Swansea penalty area from a long throw and is unlucky to inadvertently concede a goal-kick as the ball bounces off him.

Villa quickly win a corner and Ciaran Clark isn't too far away with a header that goes over.

Swansea very, very poor so far but let's give some credit to Aston Villa after all the criticism they've had so far this season. A really spirited start from the visitors and they deserve to lead on the balance of play.

Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa

Ooh, a bit of handbags. Swansea captain Ashley Williams and Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede link arms as they contest a header and end up twirling each other about - in an increasingly aggressive manner - before some pushing and shoving.

A cross between bar-room brawl and a ballroom dance floor... referee Mike Dean tells them to cut out the nonsense.

As animated as it's got so far.

Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa

It's taken nearly 13 minutes but Swansea have finally woken up - Jack Cork's stooping header from a corner isn't too far away.

Very quiet at the Liberty Stadium... almost a pre-season feel but they've not had much to get excited about.

Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa

Swansea's Andre Ayew is missing today with an ankle injury, which means he misses a second on-pitch meeting with his brother, Aston Villa's Jordan.

The Villa man tries to make an early impression but his shot sails over and is of no concern to Lukasz Fabianski.

Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa

Good to see Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin back on the bench after a chest infection that necessitated a stay in hospital forced him to miss three games.

Wearing a woolly hat, he is on his feet early here, looking slightly concerned with his side's sluggish start.

Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa

Remember when Joleon Lescott used to knock them in for fun (particularly the 2007-08 season at Everton when he reached double figures)?

Seems a long time ago now (well, I suppose it is) but he has the first shot of the game here, dragging wide from the edge of the box with his left foot.

Villa with the brighter start.

Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa

Aston Villa are the first to go on the attack, but a looping cross from the left is an easy settler for Lukasz Fabianski.

KICK-OFF

Swansea 0-0 Aston Villa

And we're under way...

Nearly time

Swansea v Aston Villa (17:30)

The teams are on the pitch... not long now. A calm and pleasant evening in south Wales. Pristine turf... the Swans having a pre-match huddle.

'Hapless Villa' offer great opportunity for three points

Swansea v Aston Villa (17:30 GMT)

Alistair Mann

MOTD commentator

"With an eight-point cushion over the bottom four, it would take a dramatic turnaround for Swansea to be genuinely considered as a potential relegation candidate.

"If 40 points remains the safety target, even in this most unpredictable of seasons, then the visit of a hapless Aston Villa surely offers a great opportunity for the hosts to register three of the seven points they may need.

"Head coach Francesco Guidolin describes it as their 'most important game of the season'.

"His opposite number, Remi Garde, stated only last week his side can still 'do a Leicester' and survive - a first away win since 8 August would still do little to convince many that Villa truly have what it takes to beat the drop."

Twitter: @alistairmann01

Sigurdsson the man in form

Swansea v Aston Villa (17:30 GMT)

Gylfi Sigurdsson
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Gylfi Sigurdsson must be licking his lips as he prepares to face Aston Villa's porous defence - the Icelandic midfielder has scored seven in his past 11 games.

Will it be feeding time at the zoo at the Liberty Stadium today?

Only Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero have scored more in the top flight in 2016.

The one that matters in south Wales

Swansea v Aston Villa (17:30 GMT)

Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Sport Wales at the Liberty Stadium

This time last week, there was a chance Swansea’s match against Aston Villa would be overshadowed by Six Nations celebrations in Wales.

But with Wales’ title hopes evaporating with last weekend’s defeat in England, this afternoon’s match against Italy in Cardiff (won 67-14 by the hosts) was effectively rendered a dead rubber.

That leaves Swansea’s meeting with a doomed Villa side as the most significant sporting encounter in south Wales today.

While Villa are all but cut adrift at the bottom of the Premier League, Swansea are eight points clear of the relegation zone and victory today would be another big stride towards safety for the Swans.