Premier League: Swansea v Southampton match preview
A look ahead to this weekend's Premier League fixture at the Liberty Stadium
Friday 19 April 2013
Both Swansea and Southampton have added a little continental flavour to the Premier League this season, Michael Laudrup’s side playing the passing game that has put them in eighth place in the league, and Mauricio Pochettino bringing his Spanish ethos to the south coast and dragging the Saints out of relegation trouble.
Pochettino’s side will travel over the Severn Bridge having taken ten points from their last four games, enough for the fans to get behind him and courtesy of Jay Rodriguez who has scored three in his last four including the games against Liverpool and Chelsea.
Swansea in contrast last won at the start of March, but have been safe in the top flight for a while, even though they have added only four points to their total since winning the Capital One Cup in February.
KICK-OFF: Saturday, 3pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Southampton 1 (Schneiderlin) Swansea 1 (Dyer) Premier League, November 2012
Southampton 2 (Saganowski 2) Swansea 2 (Gomez, Pintado) Championship, January 2009
Swansea 3 (Pratley, Gomez, Butler) Southampton 0 Championship, October 2008
Southampton have dominated this fixture, winning 27 of the 59 games, Swansea winning 18 with 14 draws, although they haven’t beaten the Swans since 1983.
Swansea recorded the biggest win in this fixture in 1964 with a 6-0 victory.
In this fixture when the games are at Swansea’s home ground, the Welsh side average nearly two goals a game against Southampton.
Michu has scored four goals in his last ten Premier League games.
Since Pochettino took over at St Mary's Southampton have taken 16 points from 11 games.
Swansea win: 2.4
Southampton win: 3.25
TV: Highlights on BBC1 at 10.30pm
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