MATCH PREVIEW: Southampton v Swans

26th September 2015

The Swans return to Barclays Premier League action on Saturday when they travel to Southampton (3pm).
Garry Monk's side head to St Mary's on the back of three games without a win, including Tuesday's defeat to Hull in the Capital One Cup.
However, a hard-fought draw against Everton last weekend saw Monk's men bounce back from a first defeat of the campaign at Watford a fortnight ago.
Southampton, meanwhile, have enjoyed a solid start to the campaign despite winning just once in their first six league games.
Ronald Koeman's side progressed to the last 16 of the Capital One Cup in midweek with a thumping 6-0 win over MK Dons, while the Swans were victorious on their last trip to St Mary's back in February.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman: "Sometimes as a manager you have to make difficult decisions. Our team spirit is good and the players know it is not about 11 players. We need everybody to make a good season.
"To be disappointed when you don't start is normal and then you have to prepare yourself for when the manager calls you to play. That's the best way to react."

Swans boss Garry Monk: "We always react well when we get setbacks. We did that well against Everton last weekend and I think it was a really good point in the end.
"But we've had one league defeat since we came back for pre-season and we're playing well and doing the right things.
"We've had good performances apart from at Watford and I want us to continue with the same attitude and determination that we're showing right now."

Southampton 0-1 Swansea - February 2015
Swansea 0-1 Southampton - September 2014
Swansea 0-1 Southampton - May 2014
Southampton 2-0 Swansea - October 2013
Swansea 0-0 Southampton April 2013

  • The last three Premier League encounters between these sides have seen the away team win 1-0
  • There have only been seven goals scored in the six Premier League clashes between the Saints and the Swans
  • Saints have fired in a league-high 131 crosses from open play this season
  • 14 of Graziano Pellè's 16 Premier League goals for Southampton have come at St. Mary's Stadium (88%)
  • Swansea have failed to score in their last two Premier League games - they last went three PL games without scoring in May 2013 under Michael Laudrup
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