Ahead of Southampton's Premier League game against Swansea City, we got the lowdown on the Welsh side from South Wales Evening Post journalist Mat Davies.
How would you sum up the start of the season for Swansea?
Swansea have endured an indifferent start to the campaign. The initial excitement of an opening-day win over Burnley was tempered by defeats to Hull City then a bit of a battering by Leicester City, but a determined draw against Chelsea has perked everyone up a bit. It is still early days, and when the team gels a bit more, I’m expecting an upturn in performances and results.
What are the team’s ambitions for the season?
First ambition, or should I say priority, is to stay in the Premier League. A difficult start to last season eventually made way for a comfortable finish. A top-half finish and a cup run would be ambitious, but not beyond the realms of reality.
What is the team’s style of play like at the moment?
The style of play is difficult to pin down, as Francesco Guidolin has chopped and changed systems. Against Chelsea last week, he began with five at the back – and changed it after 41 minutes, as it clearly wasn’t working. It will be interesting to see how he lines his players up against Southampton.
Who have been the team’s star performers in the first few weeks of the season?
Leroy Fer has been Swansea’s star man so far this season, scoring three goals already from midfield. Modou Barrow has also impressed when he has featured.
How do you think Swansea will approach the game on Sunday, and what sort of a game would you expect to see?
Swansea have a difficult run of games coming up, and with their record at St Mary’s not being that great, I think a point would be a good result. Southampton haven’t had the rub of the green so far this season, with performances not translating into results for them. It would be good to see Swansea playing with a bit more freedom, but I think they will be happy to leave the south coast with a share of the spoils.