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Southampton v Swansea: Goals to come at a premium

| 05.10.2013

With just two goals conceded in the Premier League this season, Southampton boast the joint-meanest defence in the division and the foundations of their success is clear to see.

The Hampshire side have kept clean sheets in their last four games in all competitions, and sit comfortably and deservedly in the top half of the table.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men are at evens to see off Swansea for the first time in 30 years.

That statistic is somewhat misleading however, with the two sides meeting on just four occasions since 1983, and three of those matches finishing in a draw.

The draw is 23/10, a price which could find plenty of backers with both last season’s clashes ending all square.

A repetition of last year’s 1-1 result on the south coast is 6/1, while the 0-0 which occurred at the Liberty Stadium can be backed at 9/1.

Visitors Swansea have been adapting to life in both the Premier League and in Europe, but remain a solid squad with plenty of attacking potency to trouble Southampton’s organised back-line.

The Welsh club are 11/4 to win a third league away game in succession, following 2-0 victories at West Brom and Crystal Palace.

They may sit in the bottom half of the table, but Swansea’s defeats this season have come at the hands of Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal, hardly relegation contenders.

The Southampton defence is unlikely to be breached easily however, and under 2.5 goals at 3/4 could prove shrewd.

With the Saints not conceding of late, they’ve invariably scored the first goal, but their last five strikes have come from a quintet of different players, highlighting their strength in depth.

Southampton are 4/6 to score first, while Swansea are 7/5 having failed to open the scoring in two of their last three matches.


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Richard Marsh

Richard loves his sport, especially if it involves the sound of tyres screaming around a race track. He's not fussy though and his '90s Premier League nostalgia and knowledge of team nicknames is tough to match.