PREVIEW: Southampton v Swans
1st February 2015
The Swans return to Barclays Premier League action with a trip to high-flying Southampton today (Sunday, 4pm).
Garry Monk's side are looking to bounce back from the home defeat to Chelsea along with the FA Cup exit at Blackburn Rovers last time out as they seek a first Barclays Premier League victory over the Saints.
The Swans currently sit ninth in the table, while Ronald Koeman's side are third after a run of six games unbeaten in the league.
The Saints have won their last three - beating Newcastle United, Arsenal and Manchester United - which has kept them in the Champions League spots.
Last weekend, however, they were knocked out of the FA Cup by fellow top-flight side Crystal Palace at St Mary's - only their third defeat on home soil this season.
Southampton have been boosted by the return of Maya Yoshida and Sadio Mane from international duty, though Shane Long has Toby Alderweireld, Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin on the injury list.
For the Swans, Kyle Bartley and Gylfi Sigurdsson begin their suspensions from last weekend's defeat at Blackburn, while Wayne Routledge is struggling with a calf injury. Ki Sung-Yueng is away on international duty, though Ashley Williams and Leon Britton are available. New signing Jack Cork is unavailable to feature against his former club as he joined after the Friday noon deadline.
WHAT THEY SAID
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "Swansea have had some changes but I like how they play out of a 4-3-3 system.
"We like to go on in the league, we have had a fantastic run and that confidence we need for this game."
Swans boss Garry Monk: "They're a really good team. They brought in some good players after losing a few in the summer and the change of manager.
"There was a lot of talk about how they would struggle, but they have had a brilliant season. I don't think even they expected to be doing as well as they have, but they deserve it.
"They're serious contenders for a Champions League position and they've been a joy to watch, so all credit must go to them. But hopefully they don't do so well on Sunday."
Southampton's tally of 24 Premier League goals at home is unsurpassed going into the weekend's fixtures.
The Saints have hit the woodwork a league-high 13 times this season, with Graziano Pelle seeing six efforts denied by the post or crossbar.
The Swans will be looking for a first win in Southampton for 62 years. The last time they returned victorious was in 1953 when the Swans clinched a 4-1 win.
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