Southampton vs Swansea: Saints fancied to shade Swans
Kick Off: 1500, 12/08/2017
Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium
Southampton and Swansea have both had to cope with transfer speculation distractions during pre-season, but Saints look in better shape ahead of the new Premier League campaign.
Mauricio Pellegrino will be keen to start his reign with a win and we’re backing the hosts to shade a tight contest at St Mary’s Stadium.
Saints won the corresponding fixture 1-0 last term and a repeat of that scoreline appeals at 11/2 in our Southampton vs Swansea betting predictions.
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Pellegrino opted to leave captain Virgil van Dijk out of a pre-season training camp in France due to renewed reports of interest from Liverpool.
This saga has rolled over from last season, when the Dutch defender was absent for a disappointing end of just one win in eight games.
Nevertheless, Saints still have a decent spine to their team, with Fraser Forster, Ryan Bertrand, James Ward-Prowse and Nathan Redmond all well placed to continue on an upward curve.
With Jay Rodriguez moving on, more is needed from striker Manolo Gabbiadini after Saints drew a blank in five straight home games at the close of last term, but this is a great chance to start afresh.
It may be tight early on, but we like 17/5 for a draw at half-time and then Saints to win for our Southampton vs Swansea betting tips.
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Swansea’s preparations have been hampered by speculation over the future of Gylfi Sigurdsson, with Paul Clement keen to see that situation resolved so he can reinvest some of the money recouped.
Jack Cork and Bafetimbi Gomes have already gone, with midfielder Roque Mesa coming in from Spain and Chelsea’s highly-rated youngster Tammy Abraham joining on loan.
Abraham bagged 26 goals in the Championship for Bristol City last year and shone for England Under-21s over the summer, but it isn’t ideal to be relying on a 19-year-old up front, with Fernando Llorente sidelined by an arm injury.
Llorente scored in all four wins at the end of last term as the Swans dropped just two points in five games to stay up, with Sigurdsson netting in a 1-1 draw at Manchester United, so being without that pair is a big problem.
Looking at the Southampton vs Swansea odds, 8/5 for a home win to nil has to catch the eye.
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