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Sport Southampton v Swansea: Combined XI

00:40  11 august  2017
00:40  11 august  2017 Source:   readsport.co

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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)

Clement praises Saints ahead of season opener .
Swansea manager Paul Clement has heaped the praise on Southampton ahead of his side’s visit to St Mary’s tomorrow. The Premier League season got underway this evening, but Saints will play out their first competitive match of the campaign against Clement’s side at home tomorrow afternoon. Swansea have enjoyed a successful pre-season and will be hoping to carry their recent form into their clash against Southampton. However, Clement is wary of the threat that Saints pose, and knows that it will be a difficult encounter. Speaking to Swansea’s official club website, Clement said this about the task at hand for his side: “Any game away from home in the Premier League is hard and Southampton are a good side. They had a good league finish last season. They play a good style of football and they have good players.” He also lauded the club and its philosophy of turning potential into excellence: “I respect them as a club because they have a tradition of developing players, and we are expecting a difficult test.” Clement helped his side to narrowly escape relegation last term, taking over from Bob Bradley. He’ll be keen to oversee the Swans getting off to a good start ahead of what promises to be a highly competitive Premier League season.

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