Match Preview: Saints vs Swansea City

By SFC Media Fri 11 Aug Saints v Swansea

Get set for Southampton’s first Premier League game of the season against Swansea City at St Mary’s…

THE MATCH

Southampton vs Swansea City
Saturday 12th August, 3pm BST
St Mary’s
Premier League

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

The opening match of a new campaign always come with added excitement, but there will also be an extra incentive to impress under new boss Mauricio Pellegrino.

With pre-season now behind them, every Saints player will be looking to show the Argentine what they can do and why they are deserving of a starting berth in his side.

And with three of the first four league games to be played at St Mary’s, Pellegrino will be keen to utilise the home advantage and make a quick start to his maiden Premier League campaign.

TEAM NEWS

Southampton: New signing Mario Lemina could feature on the opening weekend, having arrived in a good physical state. Cédric, who arrived late in pre-season due his Confederations Cup involvement, will continue to be monitored and Virgil van Dijk will not be available for the match.

Swansea City: Swansea will be without Nathan Dyer (Achilles tendon rupture), Fernando Llorente (fractured arm) and Jefferson Montero (muscle fibre) for the visit to St Mary’s, whilst Paul Clement has also said he will leave Gylfi Sigurdsson out of his opening squad.

FORM GUIDE

Southampton’s pre-season:
Sevilla (h) W 2-0
FC Augsburg (h) L 0-4
Saint-Étienne (a) W 0-3
Brentford (a) D 2-2
St Gallen (a) D 0-0

Swansea City’s pre-season:
Sampdoria (h) W 4-0
Birmingham (a) W 0-2
North Carolina (a) D 0-0
Richmond Kickers (a) W 1-2
Philadelphia Union D (a) 2-2
Barnet (a) L 1-0

TOP PERFORMERS LAST TERM

Top scorers: Charlie Austin (9), Nathan Redmond (8), Manolo Gabbiadini (6)
Most assists: Dušan Tadić (7), James Ward-Prowse (5), Ryan Bertrand (4)

Top scorers: Fernando Llorente (15), Gylfi Sigurdsson (10), Leroy Fer (6)
Most assists: Gylfi Sigurdsson (13), Jordan Ayew (3), Luciano Narsingh (3)

ONE TO WATCH

Swansea pipped a number of clubs to the signing of striker Tammy Abraham on a season-long loan this summer. The Chelsea youngster, who only has two Premier League games to his name, took the Championship by storm last season by netting 23 goals for Bristol City. Many will be interested to see how the 19-year-old fares in the top flight this season.

ALL-TIME RECORD

Played: 70
Southampton: 34
Draws: 15
Swansea City: 21

PREVIOUS FOUR MEETINGS

January 2017: Swansea City 2-1 Southampton (Long)
September 2016: Southampton 1-0 Swansea City (Austin)
February 2016: Swansea City 0-1 Southampton (Long)
September 2015: Southampton 3-1 Swansea City (van Dijk, Sung-Yueng OG, Mané)

DID YOU KNOW?

Victory at St Mary’s on Saturday would be Southampton’s 1000th home league win since joining the Football League Third Division South in 1920-21.

Saints have won six of the last eight meetings between the two sides in the Premier League, whilst Swansea have failed to score in six of their 10 Premier League games against Saints.

NOT AT THE GAME?

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