Sport Southampton v Swansea: Combined XI

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

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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…

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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.

Clement praises Saints ahead of season opener

  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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Swansea 0 Southampton 1. FTHT 0-0. Gabbiadini (72' minutes). Southampton 's considerably better goal difference over Swansea means even a defeat at Manchester City will keep them up, as long as the Swans do not make up a 10-goal swing when they face Stoke.

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)

Chelsea suffer setback in Cedric pursuit .
Chelsea have suffered a setback in their pursuit of Southampton defender Cedric Soares. According to a report from the Evening Standard today, the Blues will need to cough up “silly money” to secure a move for the Portugal international. Southampton are keen to retain the services of their key players this summer, and Cedric is very much included in that bracket. Saints are keen to change the perception that they are a selling club, and are determined to keep hold of players such as Cedric and Virgil van Dijk. Chelsea remain intent on bolstering their wide options, with Antonio Conte still keen to recruit more quality before the end of the window. Cedric was targeted by the Blues with the view of giving Victor Moses some competition at right wing-back, but it looks as though Saints may have priced them out of a move for the Portugal international. The former Sporting CP man won Euro 2016 with Portugal last summer.

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