Southampton vs Swansea City Preview: Saints hoping for first league win of the season

A look ahead to Sunday’s game as Southampton host Swansea City.

Southampton vs Swansea City Preview: Saints hoping for first league win of the season
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Swansea City travel to Southampton this Sunday, where the hosts are aiming to pickup their first win of the season.

Southampton will be in a buoyant mood after their midweek 3-0 win over Sparta Prague in the Europa League.

Swansea will also be in good spirits themselves, after an encouraging 2-2 draw last week against title hopefuls Chelsea.

Form

Although they are a club in transition, Southampton have started the season poorly, with two home draws against Watford and Sunderland coupled with losses away to Manchester United and Arsenal.

Sunday’s home side did win emphatically in their first ever Europa League group stage fixture though, despite Claude Puel making seven changes from the side that lost to Arsenal.

Swansea started the season well with a 1-0 win over Burnley, before successive losses to Hull City and Leicester City brought them back down to ground.

Last week they were involved in an exciting 2-2 draw against Chelsea, where Gylfi Sigurdsson finished from the spot and Leroy Fer scored his third goal of the season.

Team news

Record signing Sofiane Boufal remains sidelined, along with Jeremy Pied and Florin Gardos with knee injuries.

Swansea’s Nathan Dyer will miss two months as he needs ankle surgery, confirmed by manager Francesco Guidolin.

The away side’s own record signing, Borja Baston, may make his debut from the bench this weekend following a thigh injury, although he has also been pictured wearing a cast on his wrist during training sessions.

How the teams could look

After making seven changes midweek, it’s expected that Southampton could revert to a similar side that have played the majority of their league games.

The shape in which Southampton looked against Sparta Prague seems near perfect to what Puel has been looking for, with a midfield diamond behind two strikers that have a lot of freedom and can drift out to the flanks if needed.

Southampton's team shape and passing network vs Sparta Prague. (Photo: @11tegen11)

After using a common 4-2-3-1 in their opening three games, Swansea then opted to try out a 3-5-1-1 formation that only lasted 42 minutes against Chelsea.

It’s thought that the Welsh side will revert to a more familiar shape, which would give Guidolin the unenviable task of dropping one of Fer, Ki Sung-Yeung or Jack Cork.

The game kicks off at 14:05 on Sunday, at St Mary’s.