Can Brendan Rodgers lead Swansea City into Europa League? takes a look at Brendan Rodgers' impressive Swansea City side and Wolves' hopes of survival

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Europa League a possibility for Swansea City

Brendan Rodgers is fast getting a reputation as one of the best young managers in world football after his Swansea City side produced some breathtaking football to ease past Fulham at the weekend.

It is hard to believe that last season Swansea required a play-off place to secure promotion to the Premier League, considering they now lie in eighth.

Rodgers has got the Swans playing some free-flowing football based around flawless logic of maintaining possession and pressuring high up the pitch, something easier said than done.

He also, in Gylfi Sigurdsson, has arguably one of the league’s in-form players – now with four goals in his last three games.

The sky is the limit now for the Swans, with games against all of the bottom four remaining, along with some trickier ties against Manchester United and Liverpool.

They most certainly will have a say in deciding the destination of the title and European spots, and rightly so after a wonderful debut season in the top flight.

It would be fitting, considering the sexy football they have produced, if the Swans challenged for a place in the Europa League, where they would not be far out of their depth.

Wolves need to unearth fighting spirit

Wolverhampton Wanderers caretaker manager Terry Connor must instil some fighting spirit into his unimaginative Wolves side if they are to have any hope of survival.

Now rock-bottom, Wolves had performed poorly in their last two fixtures, against sides who most fans would have expected to get some points off before their mauling by Manchester United.

Connor must try to reproduce the fight that saw Wolves produce one of the performances of last season, beating United 2-1 – not the thumping they received on Sunday.

However, a lack of leadership on the pitch and perhaps a lack of managerial motivation leave Wolves on the brink of relegation.

Captain Karl Henry, who has been out with a hamstring injury, cannot return quickly enough for Wolves who have been beaten all too easily of late.

With must-win games against Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic still to come, the players must start delivering on the pitch, whilst goals have all but dried up.

Unfortunately all Wolves fans can hope for is a fighting performance as after the United debacle they certainly don’t look like a team of any quality.

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