Saints held on opening day

St Mary's Stadium | Sat 12 Aug 3.00PM | Attendance: 31,447
Match Report Highlights

Saints v Swansea Match Centre

Saints v Swansea As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Saints settle for a point on the opening day
  • It ends goalless at St Mary's with Swansea City
  • Saints had better of game, but couldn't find way through
  • A first competitive game in charge for Mauricio Pellegrino

FULL TIME: SOUTHAMPTON 0-0 SWANSEA

Saints had the better of it, but it ends goalless, as Mauricio Pellegrino's side have to settle for a point on the opening day of the season.

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+2’

Austin hits the side netting

So nearly a winner for Charlie Austin, but his shot from a tight angle flies into the side netting.

+2’

Yoshida nearly wins it

Maya Yoshida 's free-kick from 25 yards curves round the wall, but goes agonisingly wide of the post with Swansea keeper Lukasz Fabianski beaten.

90’

Three minutes of added time

Come on, Saints!

89’

Yellow Card for Jay Fulton (Swansea City)

Fulton is cautioned for kicking the ball away.

85’

Southampton substitution: Sam McQueen replaces Ryan Bertrand

Southampton substitutions are proudly sponsored by our Official Energy and Utilities Partner, Utilita.

85’

Swansea City substitution: Oliver McBurnie replaces Wayne Routledge

80’

Swansea City substitution: Kyle Bartley replaces Tammy Abraham

79’

Tadić nearly breaks the deadlock

It's a thunderous strike from distance from Dušan Tadić, but Lukasz Fabianski does brilliantly to save it. Seconds later Saints go close again, but Maya Yoshida heads over from six yards out at the back post.

73’

Swansea City substitution: Leon Britton replaces Jay Fulton

70’

Southampton substitution: Sofiane Boufal replaces James Ward-Prowse

Southampton substitutions are proudly sponsored by our Official Energy and Utilities partner, Utilita.

69’

Davis effort deflected wide

A loose ball drops to Steven Davis 25 yards out, but his shot is deflected over by Federico Fernandez.

68’

Southampton substitution: Charlie Austin replaces Manolo Gabbiadini

Saints substitutions are proudly sponsored by our Official Energy and Utilities partner, Utilita.

61’

Gabbiadini off target

Some nice footwork from Manolo Gabbiadini opens up some space on the edge of the area, but he then drags his shot wide.

51’

Gabbiadini threatens

Dušan Tadić slides a pass into Manolo Gabbiadini, who cuts back onto his left foot but fires wide of the far post, as Saints push on again.

46’

Swansea on the attack

The visitors go on the front foot immediately after the restart, but Leroy Fer's volley across goal goes just wide.

HT

SOUTHAMPTON 0-0 SWANSEA CITY

It's level at the break, despite a positive first half from Mauricio Pellegrino's side.

37’

Yoshida within inches of scoring

A deep ball from Dušan Tadić is nodded back across goal by Jack Stephens. Maya Yoshida acrobatically connects, but the ball goes inches wide.

33’

Yellow Card for Oriol Romeu (Southampton)

Romeu goes into the book after challenging for an aerial ball against Tom Carroll, as referee Mike Jones deemed him to have used too much force.

27’

Tadić shouts for a penalty

Dušan Tadić goes down just inside the area as he and Federico Fernandez both go for the same ball. He wants a penalty for a trip, but referee Mike Jones isn't interested.

25’

Fabianski saves from Ward-Prowse

Saints are piling on the pressure! This time it's James Ward-Prowse with the effort from distance, but Lukasz Fabianski dives to his left to keep out his well-struck shot.

24’

Redmond fires just over

Nathan Redmond sends in a stinging left-footed strike from 25 yards, but it is just over the bar.

19’

Ward-Prowse denied

Saints are looking dangerous again. Nathan Redmond gets to the byline and cuts it back to James Ward-Prowse, but his left-foot shot is tipped over.

15’

Yellow Card for Nathan Redmond (Southampton)

Nathan Redmond is booked for blocking Swans keeper Lukasz Fabianski.

10’

Swansea on the front foot

A good ball from Wayne Rutledge finds Tammy Abraham at the near post, but he heads just wide of the top corner.

6’

Bertrand tries his luck

Ryan Bertrand has been heavily involved in the early stages, and he lines up a shot from 25 yards now, only to send it over.

4’

So close!

Ryan Bertrand gets away down the left and cuts it back perfectly to Dušan Tadić in space at the near post, but he turns the ball agonisingly wide. A positive start!

1’

The 2017/18 season is under way!

We're off! Let's do this, Saints!

We're almost ready...

The players are emerging from the tunnel here at St Mary's! It's almost time...

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And the opposition...

Starting XI: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson, Britton (c), Fer, Carroll, Routledge, Ayew, Abraham


Subs: Nordfelt, Rangel, Bartley, Fulton, Roque Mesa, Narsingh, McBurnie

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Here's how Saints line up...

Starting XI: Forster, Cédric, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand, Romeu, Davis (c), Ward-Prowse, Tadić, Redmond, Gabbiadini


Subs: Taylor, Bednarek, McQueen, Lemina, Boufal, Long, Austin

14.01

Saints tune up for Swansea

Our cameras were on hand yesterday as Saints took part in some target practice ahead of their clash with Swansea.

13.21

Pellegrino previews Swansea

We caught up with Mauricio Pellegrino this week to look ahead to today's season opener.

12.46

A new era begins today!

We March On!

11.58

We're back!

It's matchday once again! Saints kick-off the new Premier League season at home to Swansea City this afternoon, and we'll be bringing you updates throughout the day!

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Saints v Swansea Line Ups

Southampton

44
Fraser Forster (GK)
3
Maya Yoshida
5
Jack Stephens
21
Ryan Bertrand
Sam McQueen (86′)
2
Cédric Soares
11
Dusan Tadic
14
Oriol Romeu
22
Nathan Redmond
16
James Ward-Prowse
Sofiane Boufal (71′)
8
Steven Davis (C)
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
Charlie Austin (69′)
10
Charlie Austin
19
Sofiane Boufal
18
Mario Lemina
38
Sam McQueen
28
Stuart Taylor
35
Jan Bednarek
7
Shane Long

Swansea City

1
Lukasz Fabianski (GK)
6
Alfie Mawson
33
Federico Fernández
16
Martin Olsson
26
Kyle Naughton
8
Leroy Fer
14
Tom Carroll
7
Leon Britton (C)
Jay Fulton (74′)
15
Wayne Routledge
Oliver McBurnie (86′)
10
Tammy Abraham
Kyle Bartley (81′)
18
Jordan Ayew
62
Oliver McBurnie
11
Luciano Narsingh
13
Kristoffer Nordfeldt
56
Jay Fulton
22
Angel Rangel
51
Roque Mesa
27
Kyle Bartley

Saints v Swansea Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Swansea City
  • Possession (%)
    60
    40
  • Shots
    29
    4
  • Shots on target
    2
    0
  • Corners
    13
    0
  • Passes Complete
    432
    284

Top Saints Player Stats

Shots On Target
1
Dušan Tadić
Dušan Tadić
Chances Created
5
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Passes Completed
70
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Tackles
3
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Clearances
3
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida