MATCH PREVIEW: Swans v Southampton

20th September 2014

The Swans will be looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season when they host Southampton at the Liberty (3pm).
Garry Monk's side suffered a 4-2 loss against Chelsea last weekend as they suffered their first league defeat of the campaign.
Prior to that, the Swans had won three out of three - including back-to-back home victories over Burnley and West Brom.
Southampton, meanwhile, have adapted well this season under the guidance of new boss Ronald Koeman.
The Dutchman replaced Maurico Pochettino at St Mary's back in the summer, while the Saints also sold six first-team players who played such a key role in the club's eight-placed finish last term.
However, they have seven points from their first four games and arrive at this fixture on the back of a thumping 4-0 win over Newcastle last weekend.

Jordi Amat is the only absentee for the home side, with the Spanish defender ruled out for six weeks with knee ligament damage.
For the visitors, summer signing Shane Long has overcome a head injury and could feature for Ronald Koeman's side.

Swans boss Garry Monk: "They (Southampton) play fantastic football and have threats all over the pitch. The new players that have come in have scored goals and their mentality is the same as last season. 
"It will be a very difficult game, and we're under no illusions as to how tough it will be on Saturday."

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman: "It's nice to see how they (Swansea) play, because it's similar to what we like to do and how we like to play.
"It's a team who do very good pressing in midfield and a team who like to dominate the opponent.
"It's similar to what we like to do and how we play. I think that will be very interesting this Saturday."

  • The Swans have gone 287 minutes of football without a goal against Southampton
  • Saints did the double over Swansea last season and are unbeaten in five overall against them (W2 D3)
  • There have been just five goals scored in the four Barclays Premier League meetings between Southampton and Swansea City
  • Swansea are one of only two teams to have won both of their home games in the Premier League this season (alongside Chelsea)
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson has assisted four goals in four appearances this season
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