Sport Southampton v Swansea: Combined XI

00:40  11 august  2017
00:40  11 august  2017 Source:   Read Sport

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Southampton play host to Swansea in the opening Premier League match of the season on Saturday.

After a long three months without football, Southampton finally return to competitive action and will be hoping to come out with a win against the Swans.

The match will be Mauricio Pellegrino’s debut in English football, with possible debuts for new signings Mario Lemina and Jan Bednarek.

Lemina signed for Southampton earlier this week for a club-record £18m from Serie A giants Juventus.

The Gabon international is expected to make an appearance at St. Mary’s, though whether that be from the start or from the bench is unknown.

Southampton 0-0 Swansea - Match report

  Southampton 0-0 Swansea - Match report Southampton were left to rue their missed chances as Mauricio Pellegrino’s men recorded a 0-0 draw at St Mary’s. It only took one minute for Saints to mark their first attempt on target as Ryan Bertrand’s corner was met by Manolo Gabbiadini, who’s header clipped the top of the crossbar. Southampton should’ve opened the scoring two minutes later, as Nathan Redmond found the overlapping run of Bertrand down the left-hand side, his low cross found Dusan Tadic in the six-yard box in front of Lukasz Fabianski, but his shot somehow went wide and the score remained goalless. Swansea themselves did have a strong attempt at goal, Wayne Routledge chased the ball down their left-hand side, his first time cross was well met by Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham, his header was inches wide. Southampton dominated the first half with the possession, although clear-cut chances weren’t as frequent due to the lack of a final pass or that finishing touch. Mayo Yoshida went for the spectacular around ten yards from goal, despite the bicycle kick not going too far wide, the simple option looked to have been the most rewarding. It was Yoshida again, deep into the second half who had the chance to break the deadlock, but his header from around four yards out could only find the fans sat in the Chapel end of St Mary’s. The final chance of the game, a stoppage time free-kick, taken by Yoshida, lacked that crucial bit of curl which would’ve taken the ball past a helpless Fabianski. Southampton had 27 attempts on target, compared to the Swans’ two. It has now been seven competetive games since Southampton last scored at St Mary’s and despite the positive playing style, many will be wondering how Saints didn’t win today and whether Southampton’s finishing will continue to worry.

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Both sides have quality throughout their squads, with Swansea and Southampton having been in the top-flight for a number of years now.

What would a combined XI look like? We compile together ours here…

(Note that players left out of the weekend’s clash (Glyfi Sigurdsson and Virgil Van Dijk) have been omitted from the selection process)

Chelsea suffer setback in Cedric pursuit .
Chelsea have suffered a setback in their pursuit of Southampton defender Cedric Soares. According to a report from the Evening Standard today, the Blues will need to cough up “silly money” to secure a move for the Portugal international. Southampton are keen to retain the services of their key players this summer, and Cedric is very much included in that bracket. Saints are keen to change the perception that they are a selling club, and are determined to keep hold of players such as Cedric and Virgil van Dijk. Chelsea remain intent on bolstering their wide options, with Antonio Conte still keen to recruit more quality before the end of the window. Cedric was targeted by the Blues with the view of giving Victor Moses some competition at right wing-back, but it looks as though Saints may have priced them out of a move for the Portugal international. The former Sporting CP man won Euro 2016 with Portugal last summer.

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