Match Preview: Swansea vs Saints

By SFC Media Tue 31 Jan Swansea vs Saints

Get the lowdown with our comprehensive match preview ahead of Southampton's trip to face Swansea City in the Premier League.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Saints head to Wales looking to make it back-to-back successes in the Premier League, after the 3-0 victory over reigning champions Leicester City.

Claude Puel’s men could move back into the top ten should they overcome The Swans and other results go their way.

Each of the last three top-flight outings at the Liberty Stadium have ended 1-0 in their favour, but Swansea will be buoyed by their 3-2 win at Anfield.

There is renewed optimism under the stewardship of Paul Clement and successive victories would be the first time they have done so since May 2016.

TEAM NEWS

Southampton: Saints still have a lengthy injury list, with Claude Puel refusing to be drawn on individual cases. One admission he did make though, was that Virgil van Dijk remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

Swansea: Ki is likely to return to the squad after a small calf problem, with Luciano Narsingh also available. Leon Britton remains unavailable, while Oliver McBurnie is also out.

FORM GUIDE

Southampton’s previous five:

Arsenal (h) L 5-0 (FA Cup)
Liverpool (a) W 1-0 (EFL Cup)
Leicester City (h) W 3-0
Norwich City (h) W 1-0 (FA Cup)
Burnley (a) L 0-1

Swansea’s previous five:

Liverpool (a) W 3-2
Arsenal (h) L 4-0
Hull City (a) L 2-0
Crystal Palace (a) W 2-1
AFC Bournemouth (h) L 3-0

TOP PERFORMERS

Shane Long has hit the goal trail in recent weeks and captained the side against Arsenal in the Emirates FA Cup.

Shane Long
Attack stats
Goals
3
Total shots
36
Shots on target
20
Conversion rate
8%
Mins per goal
491
See all stats

Two late winners against Norwich City and Liverpool took his total for the season to four and he could lead the line again, with Jay Rodriguez’s fitness in doubt.

Top scorers: Charlie Austin (9), Jay Rodriguez (5)
Most assists: Dušan Tadić, James Ward-Prowse (3)

Icelandic international playmaker Gylfi Sigurdsson is likely to be integral if Swansea are to continue to move away from danger in the Premier League. 

He netted his seventh goal of the campaign against Liverpool, which proved to be the winner at Anfield.

As well as providing goals from midfield, he is equally adept at assisting his teammates, having clocked up six so far.

Top scorers: Fernando Llorente (8), Gylfi Sigurdsson (7), Leroy Fer (6)
Most assists: Gylfi Sigurdsson (6), Modou Barrow (3)

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

All-time record:

Played: 67
Southampton: 33
Draws: 15
Swansea: 19

Previous four meetings:

September 2016: Southampton 1-0 Swansea (Austin)
February 2016: Swansea 0-1 Southampton (Long)
September 2015: Southampton 3-1 Swansea (van Dijk, Ki Sung-Yeung OG, Mane)
February 2015: Southampton 0-1 Swansea

DID YOU KNOW?

- Southampton have only conceded three goals in their previous nine Premier League meetings with Swansea City.

- Swansea have lost their last three Premier League home games. They haven’t lost four at home in succession within the top-flight before, while the last time they lost four home league games in a row was back in March 1991 in the third tier.

- Southampton have seen 99 different players score a Premier League goal for them so far (excl. own goals) and are looking to become the 12th different team to have reach the century of goalscorers in the competition.

NOT AT THE GAME?

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