- Swansea vs Southampton

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Saturday 20 September 2014 | Liberty Stadium | Kick-off 15:00

Swansea
Swansea
0 - 0
Southampton
Southampton
 
 

Match preview

Two of the Barclays Premier League's early pace-setters lock horns when Swansea City tackle Southampton at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday.

The sides sit third and fourth in the table respectively, having enjoyed fine starts to the campaign. Swansea have won three of the opening four matches, suffering their first defeat on Saturday at the hands of leaders Chelsea. Their manager Garry Monk is hoping they can immediately bounce back from that 4-2 loss at Stamford Bridge.

"Initially, I was disappointed but there were plenty of positive in the way we played [against Chelsea],” Monk said. "In the second half, there were things to work on and prolong the things we did well in first half.

"Chelsea overpowered us second half. We have spoken a lot about us this week and we have always had the mentality that we never give up and we go right to the end."

Southampton's early-season form has been impressive despite the turnover of players and manager with Ronald Koeman replacing Mauricio Pochettino in charge. Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren were high-profile departures, but a new-look side built by Koeman at St Mary's have gained seven points from the opening four matches.

Southampton eased to a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Newcastle last weekend, leading to further optimism at the south-coast club and they have caught the eye of Monk, who spent eight years at Southampton early in his career.

"They have recovered from losing players and used the money to buy some quality players,” Monk said. "They have played well in their last two games and are scoring fantastic goals.

"Their style has tweaked but they are similar to ourselves in way they set up; the wingers play a bit inside and float about more. I still look out for Southampton results; my time there was brilliant and I have a lot of affection for the club and friends there."

The admiration between the sides it mutual, with Koeman waxing lyrical about Swansea.

"It's nice to see how they play because it's similar to what we like to do and how we like to play,” Koeman said. "They're a team who press very well in midfield and a team who like to dominate their opponents and it's similar to what we like to do and I think that will be very interesting for Saturday."

Koeman also confirmed that Shane Long should be fit, having taken a blow to the head against Newcastle. However, Sadio Mane is not expected to feature despite the midfielder's work permit being approved.

For Swansea, Jordi Amat is the only absentee, with the kne injury that forced him off at half-time against Chelsea, preventing him from playing.

Swansea City (from): Cornell, Fabianski, Tremmel, Bartley, Fernandez, Kingsley, Obeng, Rangel, Tate, Taylor, Tiendalli, Williams, Carroll, Dyer, Fulton, Ki, Montero, Richards, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Sheehan, Shelvey, Barrow, Bony, Donnelly, Emnes, Gomis.

Southampton (from): Boruc, K Davis, Forster, Gazzaniga, Alderweireld, Bertrand, Clyne, Fonte, Gardos, Stephens, Targett, Yoshida, Cork, S Davis, Isgrove, Mane, McQueen, Reed, Schneiderlin, Tadic, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Gallagher, Long, Mayuka, Pelle.

Match appointments
Referee:
Jonathan Moss Assistants: L Betts, S Long Fourth Official: K A Woolmer

Swansea

Swansea

Manager: Garry Monk

Southampton

Southampton

Manager: Ronald Koeman

Current form

Last six matches

lost

4 - 2 v Chelsea (A) 13 Sep 2014

won

3 - 0 v West Brom (H) 30 Aug 2014

won

1 - 0 v Burnley (H) 23 Aug 2014

won

1 - 2 v Man Utd (A) 16 Aug 2014
Last win/defeat

won

3 - 0 v West Brom (H) 30 Aug 2014

lost

4 - 2 v Chelsea (A) 13 Sep 2014

Current form

Last six matches

won

4 - 0 v Newcastle (H) 13 Sep 2014

won

1 - 3 v West Ham (A) 30 Aug 2014

drawn

0 - 0 v West Brom (H) 23 Aug 2014

lost

2 - 1 v Liverpool (A) 17 Aug 2014
Last win/defeat

won

4 - 0 v Newcastle (H) 13 Sep 2014

lost

2 - 1 v Liverpool (A) 17 Aug 2014

Last corresponding meeting

Swansea Southampton

Sat 03 May 2014 | Liberty Stadium | Attendance: 20,682

Swansea 0 - 1 Southampton
  • Rickie Lambert (90+3)
  Possession
Swansea 38%
Southampton 62%
Shots on Goal On Target Off Target
Swansea 3 7
Southampton 4 6
  Fouls Yellow Cards Red Cards
Swansea 11 1 0
Southampton 5 1 0
Total 16 2 0
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