Stats Preview: Southampton vs Swansea City
A quick look at some stats ahead of Swansea City`s opening Premier League 2017/18 season fixture away at Southampton.
It`ll be the sixth time that the Swans have kicked off a Premier League season away from home, the only opener at the Liberty was the 4-1 defeat against David Moyes` Manchester United side.
Our record on opening day:
Considering that we`ve played all but 1 of our opening fixtures away from home, you`d assume that our opening day record wouldn`t be that good, but we`ve actually done well in our first game - winning 3 out of 6 - beating QPR 5-0, winning 2-1 at Manchester United and beating Burnley 1-0. We`ve lost twice, the game against Manchester United that we mentioned above, and our very first Premier League match at Manchester City - losing 4-0.
Are many goals scored in our opening games?
Quite a few! In our 6 opening Premier League fixtures so far, there`s been 22 goals scored, split 11 each between us and the opposition.
22 goals gives an average of 3.67 goals per opening game involving the Swans.
How about goals at Southampton involving the Swans?
So how does the amount of goals we score on opening day compare to those scored at Southampton?
Is the fixture a low or high scoring one? It`s a lot lower compared to our opening games, with 10 goals scored in 5 games - an average of 2.00 per game.
Swansea`s average goals scored at St Mary`s is rather poor, with only 3 goals scored in 5 games.
Our record at Southampton away:
In 5 games at St Mary`s, we`ve won only once, and that was a day we had our backs to the walls and carved out a 1-0 win under Garry Monk.
Scorelines at Southampton:
We`ve failed to score in 2 away games at Southampton, scoring 1 in each of the other three.
Southampton have never won an opening day home fixture in the Premier League (D5 L4).
Southampton have won six of their last eight Premier League meetings with Swansea City (W6 D0 L2).
Swansea are unbeaten in their last three Premier League matches to start the season (W2 D1).
Swansea won 4 of their last 6 Premier League games, scoring 8 goals and conceding 3. They`re unbeaten in their last five.
Paul Clement has won 2 away games with the Swans, at Liverpool and Sunderland.
I`m debating between a 1-1 draw and a 2-1 defeat. Southampton are a strong side and our record there isn`t great. I`m hoping we can keep it tight early on but have a feeling Southampton will go on and win it in the last 15-20 minutes. 2-1.