Sport Southampton v Swansea: Combined XI

00:40  11 august  2017
00:40  11 august  2017 Source:   Read Sport

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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.

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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…

(Note that players left out of the weekend’s clash (Glyfi Sigurdsson and Virgil Van Dijk) have been omitted from the selection process)

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