Date:Saturday October 5 2013
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup predicts a tough test on Sunday when his side travel to St Mary's to face an in-form Southampton side.
The Swans boss believes that Southampton are one of their closest rivals within the Premier League - with both teams competing for '8th place at best' - with Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton in the top 7.
'I like the team they have. They are a team who can be in the top ten,'
'Those spots — eight, nine and ten — are the maximum we can go for.
'There are the big sides, the Manchester clubs, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton. That's seven.
'In my opinion, the rest of us play for eighth position and down.
'We've had a very difficult start. We've played some of the top four and the big teams in the first six games.
'But this is a good test for us because Southampton are absolutely one of the best teams of the rest.
'It will be a tough test for us.'
After 3 wins and 1 defeat, Southampton are in 6th place, level on points with Chelsea, while the Swans are 13th and looking for their third away win of the season after victories at West Brom and Crystal Palace (both 2-0).
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Date:Saturday October 5 2013
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