Competition: Premier League
Venue: St Mary’s Stadium – Sunday, February 1 – 16:00
Match Odds: Southampton 4/7 – Draw 14/5 – Swansea City 11/2
Ronald Koeman’s side have picked back up following a mid-season slump through December and have not lost in their last six league games, winning five of those.Embed from Getty Images
They have beaten Everton, Arsenal and Manchester United in that time while also holding leaders Chelsea at home and they fully deserve to be as high as they currently are in the league table.
Southampton’s home record in the Premier League: Played 11 – Won 7 – Drawn 2 – Lost 2
Swansea have found themselves in a poor run of form and have not won a league game since Boxing Day. They were thumped 5-0 at home by Chelsea in their last Premier League match and were then knocked out of the FA Cup by Blackburn 3-1 last Saturday.
They ended that FA Cup game with nine men as Kyle Bartley and Gylfi Sigurdsson were both sent off and they will be without both of those players for the trip to Southampton. Sigurdsson’s absence will be particularly important.Embed from Getty Images
Garry Monk’s side have yet to replace Wilfried Bony since his move to Manchester City was confirmed earlier this month and the Swans have only scored three times in their last four league games, conceding 11 in that time.
Swansea’s away record in the Premier League: Played 10 – Won 2 – Drawn 3 – Lost 5
The reverse fixture this season saw Southampton win 1-0 at Swansea in a game that the Swans deserved to get a least a point from, but it is unlikely to be as closely contested this time around.
Southampton have never lost to the Swans in the Premier League in five previous meetings and have only conceded one goal against the Welsh outfit in that time.Embed from Getty Images
The Saints did lose at home to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup last weekend but they should be too strong for a Swansea side that doesn’t look to be heading in the right direction.
Southampton’s last five in the Premier League: W/D/W/W/W
Swansea’s last five in the Premier League: W/L/D/D/L
Key Stat: Southampton have not lost at home to Swansea in over 60 years, since a 4-1 loss in 1953 when the two sides met in Division Two.
Key Player: Eljero Elia – The Dutch winger scored both goals in Southampton’s 2-1 win at Newcastle in their last league game and comes into the game in fine form. Swansea need to be wary.
Southampton vs. Swansea Prediction: Southampton 2 – 0 Swansea – The Saints to remain third in the Premier League with a comfortable victory.