Swansea travel to the south coast just three short days after their latest Europa League outing and won’t be faced with easy opponents when they arrive in Southampton.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been priced up as 20/19 favourites for the clash with the draw available at 12/5 and the visiting Swans a 5/2 shot for victory.
But considering Swansea’s extra workload and Southampton’s continued improvement it’d be wise to side with the home side here.
Swansea have struggled in the five games that followed cup exploits
Swansea have already contested games in three different competitions this season and their league form has suffered immediately after their attention has been averted.
The Welsh side have played five Premier League games after turning out in either the Europa League or Capital One Cup and have won only two of them.
Considering they’re also travelling to face a side who’ve toppled them in nine straight home meetings dating back to the 1960/61 season, then an away win looks rather unlikely.
Pochettino has lost just five times as Southampton boss
Southampton have only lost one game this season, a 1-0 defeat at Norwich, and are unbeaten both at home and in their last four games.
That’s down to the arrival of high-press enthusiast Pochettino, who has transformed the Saints into a solid unit who are difficult to beat.
Since his 0-0 Southampton managerial debut against Everton, Pochettino has seen his side lose just five times in 24 games in all competitions and can expect another sorrow-free day when the midweek-weary Swans come to town.
Southampton’s defence is in the midst of a three-game clean sheet streak
Southampton’s back line has refused to be breached in five of their eight games this term.
Their Premier League sheets have remained clean in three straight games and that number increases to four when a 2-0 win over Bristol City is thrown into the mix.
Another perfect defensive performance can be expected against a Swansea side who haven’t scored more than one goal in three straight outings.