Preview - Southampton vs Swansea 12 Aug

Started by Bensergi, Aug 12, 2017, 10:54 AM

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EPL
Southampton vs Swansea
10:00pm


Southampton will be aiming to end a winless home record on an opening EPL weekend. There's no major injury concerns, although their ace defender Virgil Van Dijk won't be available for selection. The Dutchman is considered an outcast after publicly stating he wants a move out. Swansea are without three of their biggest names in Fernando Llorente, Ki Sung-Yueng and Nathan Dyer. Star midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, the subject of intense transfer interest from Everton, is also not up for selecetion. The Saints have a super record against the Swans, winning six of the last eight EPL encounters.

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Aug 13, 2017, 10:50 AM Last Edit: Aug 13, 2017, 11:05 AM by Bensergi
Match Stats
  • Southampton 0-0 Swansea
  • Southampton scorers: N/A
  • Swansea scorers: N/A  
  • Shots: 29-4
  • Possession: 60%-40%
  • Corner kicks: 13-0
  • Factline: Southampton have not scored in six of their last seven EPL matches.




Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino praised the "quality and spirit" of his side despite being held by Swansea City in the Argentine's first competitive match in charge of the Saints.

The wasteful hosts created the better opportunities in an entertaining stalemate but were denied by poor finishing and good goalkeeping as chance after chance was spurned, particularly in a one-sided first half.

Striker Manolo Gabbiadini hit a post with a header after only 90 seconds, Dusan Tadic fired wide from four yards and Maya Yoshida failed to find the target with an acrobatic volley and a late close-range header, while Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski also denied James Ward-Prowse.

Sub Charlie Austin hit the side-netting with a chance deep in stoppage time.

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