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Premier League Preview: Southampton vs Swansea

Southampton welcome Swansea as they hope to capitalize on the positive momentum gained from their 0-6 drubbing of MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.

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The Premier League's sole Welsh side Swansea make the trip to St. Mary's on Saturday hoping to continue their impressive start to the 2015-16 season. <!-- ######## START FLOATED VIDEO SNIPPET ######## -->

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Southampton are coming off an impressive 0-6 away win at Championship outfit MK Dons in the third round of the Capital One Cup. But, Saints have encountered a difficult start to the league having only won one of their opening six fixtures.

Alternatively, Swansea were humbled by the Championship's Hull City midweek in their Capital One Cup tie.

Swansea managed to beat Louis van Gaal's Manchester United 2-1, while Saints' last league outing saw them succumb to a 2-3 home loss to the Red Devils despite having plenty of opportunities to earn victory.

In what is set to be an enthralling contest, the away team in this match up has been the victor on the last three occasions - all won with a 0-1 scoreline with Southampton taking the spoils twice.

Both Ronald Koeman and former Saint Garry Monk are proponents of good football so it could well be yet another tight contest between the two sides.

A win would see Saints climb up the league to match Swansea's nine Premier League points.

Southampton could welcome back Ryan Bertrand to some first team action after he successfully completed half hour at MK Dons as a substitute as well as featuring in Saints U21's win over Reading midweek. Meanwhile, they will be missing the usual suspects of Jordy Clasie, Fraser Forster and Florin Gardos through injury. Swansea have no injury doubts in the lead up to their visit to the South Coast.

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STATS CORNER:

  • The last six fixtures between these two sides have only produced seven goals.
  • Saints have only won two of their last 12 Premier League fixtures, drawing four times and losing six.
  • Three of Southampton's seven league goals have been headers - they only scored three in the whole of the 2014-15 campaign.
  • Swansea are impressive at the back having only conceded three goals in their last five matches in the league.
  • Southampton have the highest amount of Premier League crosses from open play so far this season with 131.
  • September isn't typically the best month for Swansea in the top flight of English football having only won three of their last 16 Premier Leagues games in that month.