Southampton take on the visitors Swansea at “St Mary's Stadium” in the starting matchday of the England’s Premier League of 2017/2018 season. The game will be played on Saturday, August 12th.
Last season was not favourable for Southampton as “The Saints” occupied the eighth place in the Premier League which is the club’s maximum, however the team managed to pick up only 46 points with negative 41-48 goal difference. During the summer break Southampton have played five clashes resulting in two triumphs, two draws and a defeat alongside with seven goals for and six goals against. It should be noted that “The Saints” managed to get only one victory out of last nine home encounters with the no-win series at the home field having reached five matches.
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From the very first rounds of the last season’s Premier League Swansea were sitting in the relegation zone but due to a spurt at the end of the season when, “The Swans” recorded five-game unbeaten run with 13 out of 15 possible points gained, the side settled on the 15th position in the table. This summer the Welsh club has conducted six friendlies getting three wins, two draws and one loss in them. Last season play on the road was a weak point of Swansea as in 2017 the team was broken in seven out of 11 clashes at away fields.
Swansea show poor performance on the road while “The Saints”, despite the fact they haven’t won for over six months in face of their fans, must return to their usual level and take points regularly in front of their supporters this season.
Prediction for the match: Southampton to win.