Preview: Saints vs Swansea

By SFC Media Sat 17 Sep Saints vs Swansea

Take a read of our in-depth match preview ahead of Southampton's clash with Swansea City at St Mary's.

WHAT’S AT STAKE:

Southampton remain on the lookout for their first Premier League win of the season, and will hope their third home match of the campaign yields it.

So far, Claude Puel's side have drawn with Watford and Sunderland at St Mary's, while losing on the road to Manchester United and Arsenal, but they should have plenty of confidence coming into this one, after thumping Sparta Praha 3-0 on home soil in the Europa League on Thursday night.

A win for Saints would lift them above Swansea, who have four points from their opening four matches.

The Welsh club will not be short of belief themselves, however, having earned a 2-2 draw with Chelsea in their last outing.
 
TEAM NEWS:

Southampton's only new injury concern is a slight issue with Jay Rodriguez, but it is only a minor problem and he will be assessed ahead of the match. Jérémy Pied remains out with a long-term knee injury, while new signing Sofiane Boufal is still not up to fitness.

Record signing Borja Baston could make the bench after recovering from a thigh injury which has delayed his debut since a £15.5m move from Atletico Madrid. However, former Southampton winger Nathan Dyer is definitely out with an ankle problem.

FORM GUIDE:

Southampton’s last five:


• Sparta Praha (H) W 3-0 (Europa League)
• Arsenal (A) L 1-2
• Sunderland (H) D 1-1
• Manchester United (A) L 0-2
• Watford (H) D 0-0

Swansea City’s last five:

• Chelsea (H) D 2-2
• Leicester City (A) L 1-2
• Peterborough (A) W 3-1 (EFL Cup)
• Hull City (H) L 0-2
• Burnley (A) W 1-0

TOP PERFORMERS:

Charlie Austin netted twice for Saints in the Europa League win over Sparta Praha and the striker looked to be sharp throughout his time on the pitch. He will be hoping his form can continue now that the club returns to Premier League action.

Top scorers: Charlie Austin (2), Jay Rodriguez (2)
Most assists: James Ward-Prowse (1), Shane Long (1), Cuco Martina (1) 

Charlie Austin celebrates his second goal against Sparta Praha.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is always a significant threat for Swansea City but it is Leroy Fer who leads the way in the goal charts so far this season, with three for the club. The midfielder has netted in three of the team's four Premier League matches so far.

Top scorer: Leroy Fer (3)
Most assists: Modou Barrow (1), Oliver McBurnie (1)

PREVIOUS MEETINGS:

All-time record:

Played: 66
Southampton wins: 32
Swansea City wins: 19
Draws: 15

Last four meetings:

February 2016: Swansea City 0-1 Southampton (Long)
September 2015: Southampton 3-1 Swansea City (van Dijk, Ki og, Mané)
February 2015: Southampton 0-1 Swansea City
September 2014: Swansea City 0-1 Southampton (Wanyama)

DID YOU KNOW?

Southampton have lost just one of their previous eight Premier League games against the Swans (W5 D2).

Swansea have failed to score in five of their last seven league games against Southampton.

Only Chelsea (7) have allowed their opponents fewer shots on target than Southampton (10) in the opening four matchdays, but Saints have conceded from six of these.

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