MATCH PREVIEW: Swansea City vs Southampton

By SFC Media Fri 12 Feb Club

Get the lowdown ahead of Southampton's trip to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea City in the Barclays Premier League.

Ronald Koeman’s Southampton side will be hoping to make it six games unbeaten with victory against Swansea City this weekend.

Koeman’s men visit the Liberty Stadium on the back of four wins and a draw, which have been aided by a run of five clean sheets in a row for the first time in 15 years.

Saints beat West Ham United in their previous outing, with Maya Yoshida’s goal proving the difference between the two sides despite Victor Wanyama’s sending off.

Swansea meanwhile are enjoying a positive run of results themselves following the arrival of Francesco Guidolin last month.

After seeing his side beat Watford on the day he was appointed, Guidolin has since guided the Swans to a win against Everton and draws with West Bromwich Albion and Crystal Palace.

Earlier this season, Saints came out on top thanks to goals from Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mané and an own-goal from Ki Sung-Yeung in a 3-1 win. Last time at the Liberty Stadium, Wanyama scored the only goal of the game as Koeman’s side won 1-0.

Southampton’s Victor Wanyama will start his five-game suspension, while Jay Rodriguez and Florin Gardos remain out. Matt Targett and Steven Davis are both back in contention.

The Swans will hope to have Ki Sung-Yeung available again after he suffered concussion in the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, while former Saints midfielder Jack Cork will be hoping to start against his old club.

Andre Ayew has impressed so far this season, despite Swansea City’s struggles since his arrival in the summer.

The 26 year-old joined on a free transfer from Marseille in June, signing a four-year contract, and scored for the Swans against Chelsea on his debut.

His excellent form continued, scoring against Newcastle United and in an impressive win against Manchester United to be named Premier League Player of the Month for August.

His last goal came in the 2-1 win away to Everton, while the Ghana international has netted eight times in total since his summer arrival.

Southampton have won four and lost just one of the seven Barclays Premier League games against Swansea City.

Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored five goals in his last six league outings for Swansea – the same number as he managed in his previous 33 appearances.

Saints and Swansea are two of five clubs unbeaten in their last four Premier League games.

Shane Long will be hoping to end a run of no goals in nine games when facing Swansea across the four clubs he has gone up against them with.

Fraser Forster has kept five league clean sheets in a row since coming back from injury and has saved all 14 of the shots he has faced so far this season. Forster’s clean-sheet percentage is the best of any goalkeeper with 30 or more Premier League appearances (51.4%), with 18 clean sheets in 35 games. 

 

Tickets for the game against Swansea City have sold out.

You can follow all the action from Saturday's game via the club’s social media channels. We’ll have live updates on Twitter, goal updates on Facebook and a liveblog running on saintsfc.co.uk .

After the game, we’ll have reaction on youtube.com/southamptonfc, as well as saintsfc.co.uk .

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