It remains highly unlikely but because rampant City are seeking to underline their record-shredding campaign with a landmark century of points, few Southampton or Swansea fans can quite convince themselves it is over yet.
But now Swansea have failed to win any of their last nine matches in all competitions, and will most likely be in the Championship next season.
Roberts played for Huddersfield from 1990 to 1993 during his career and while he is pleased to see his former club defy the odds to stay up in their first season back in the top flight, that is tempered by Swansea's dire season.
Southampton have now taken seven points from their past three games and Hughes felt the pre-match row over Southampton's cancelled Swansea hotel booking had worked in their favour.
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Relegated West Brom have occupied relegation position in the league since November, and only a late run of form had prevented the expected.
Now the relegation battle is between David Wagner's side and Swansea.
"We can't depend on ourselves and we don't like that". Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll be aware that the Saints face the daunting task of going up against Manchester City this weekend - a team who have scored 25 more goals than any other team in the division.
The Baggies - now on 31 points from their 37 games - had hoped to reach the final day and repeat their memorable escape of the 2004-05 season.
They've two games left to make them mathematically safe, but they don't come easy against Chelsea away on Wednesday and Arsenal at home on Sunday.
Swansea's biggest problem this season has plainly been scoring goals.