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Swansea City vs Southampton Predictions

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Swansea City
Southampton
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Both Teams To Score

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Southampton 2-1

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Tip Reasoning

  • Both teams have scored in four of Southampton’s last five games
  • Swansea have scored in seven successive home matches
  • The Saints have only kept one clean sheet in their last nine outings on the road

Swansea out of form

This is probably a fixture that both teams could do without as they face their battles against relegation from the Championship and Premier League respectively.

From a Swansea point of view, they come into the tie hopelessly out of form having lost three successive games, while their last three outings at the Liberty Stadium have resulted in two defeats and a draw.

Russell Martin’s side have a particular problem in defence. They have only kept one clean sheet in their last five home fixtures, conceding three to Reading and four to Nottingham Forest in recent weeks.

They are, however, regular scorers as well. Both teams have scored in their last three home matches, and six of their last ten at all venues.

Saints’ strong FA Cup record

Southampton reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup last season and have only been knocked out in the third round once in the last five seasons.

It remains to be seen how seriously they will treat the competition, but history suggests Ralph Hasenhüttl will name a strong side, especially as he will want to impress the club’s new owners.

They have already beaten two lower league teams, Sheffield United and Newport, in the League Cup this season, while they have not lost an away FA Cup clash to a side from a lower division since a 2008 defeat to Bristol Rovers.

Both teams have scored in five of their last season games, highlighting their defensive issues, but like Swansea they score plenty. I predict both teams will score in this tie, but the Saints should have enough to win, with 2-1 my correct score prediction.

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