Southampton 0-0 Swansea LIVE score and goal updates from Premier League opener at St Mary’s
Mauricio Pellegrino is aiming to last longer than Claude Puel in the Southampton dugout.
Frenchman Puel guided Saints to an eighth placed but was given the chop to allow the former Alaves chief to take the reigns at St Mary’s.
It has been tough so far for the Argentine with a struggle to bring players in and an ongoing fight with Virgil van Dijk.
Centre back van Dijk is currently not training with the first team after being unsettled by transfer speculation, which led him to hand in a transfer request.
Swansea will visit the south coast first up, with Gylfi Sigurdsson having transfer troubles of his own – the attacking midfielder is wanted by Everton.
The Icelandic star will not feature, while Ki Sung-yeung, Nathan Dyer and Fernando Llorente are all injured.
Mario Lemina and Jan Bednarek could make debuts for Saints, Roque Mesa and Tammy Abraham for the Swans.
Follow all the drama, as the action unfolds here.
Premier League essentials
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Tadic goes to ground under a challenge from Fernandez on the edge of the area, but the referee is not interested and points for a goal kick much to the dismay of the Serbian international. Replays show there was certainly contact, but he appeared to go down rather easily.
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However, the Saints still look dangerous whenever they go forward. Redmond sees a snap shot from the edge of the area fly just over the crossbar, before Ward-Prowse’s bending 25-yard effort is well gathered by the outstretched Fabianski.
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No real surprise that Swansea look to take the sting out of the game by maintaining possession around their defence and midfield. They are slowly aiming to gain a foothold in this contest and diffuse Southampton’s pressure.
15:2321 minsminute by minute
GOOD PRESSURE! You feel it is only a matter of time before the Saints make the breakthrough. Ward-Prowse is unable to connect properly with a great cross from Redmond who, just seconds later, drags a decent chance wide of the target.
15:2220 minsminute by minute
GREAT BLOCK! Some clever play from Southampton sees Redmond get in behind the defence. He pulls the ball back to edge of the area for Ward-Prowse to strike, but a combination of Mawson and Olsson manages to deflect the goalbound effort over the crossbar.
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Southampton continue to ask questions as another dangerous ball into the box is just about dealt with by the Swans on this occasion.
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It has been an eventful opening quarter of an hour at St. Mary’s, where both sides should be on the scoresheet by now. Southampton are still on top in terms of possession, but Swansea are holding their own and potentially dangerous on the counter.
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Redmond is shown the first yellow card of the game after blocking Fabianski’s attempted downfield clearance from his hands. A soft one but, in the letter of the law, the right decision from Mr Jones.
Overall Possession Ratio
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Big things are expected of the 19-year-old, who was a revelation on loan at Bristol City last season – scoring 26 goals in 48 appearances. He also won the club’s Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Top Goalscorer awards – becoming the first Robins player to capture all three accolades in the same season.
15:1110 minsminute by minute
CHANCE! Abraham should score! With their first real attack of this match, the Chelsea loanee is unmarked in the box to meet Routledge’s brilliant cross. However, he can only head wide of the target and what a chance that was to get off the mark!
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It is worth noting that Southampton have never won a home fixture on the opening day of a Premier League season – drawing five and losing four – but, if they can maintain these performance levels, the jinx could well end here.
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Well, this has been a very positive start from the Saints. Their form faded towards the end of last season especially at St. Mary’s, where they picked up just two points from their final five games.However, the early signs appear to be bright in Pellegrino’s first match in charge.
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CHANCE! Tadic should’ve put Southampton in front! Bertrand is involved again in a dangerous attack from the hosts. The England left-back is played in by Redmond and cuts the ball back into the six-yard box for an unmarked Tadic, who is just unable to steer past Fabianski at the near post.
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OFF THE BAR! Southampton have made a strong start to this match and force a corner inside the opening minute. Bertrand’s delivery is met at the near post by Gabbiadini, whose header clips the top of the crossbar with Fabianski flat-footed.
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KICK-OFF! Mike Jones is our referee today. He blows his whistle and Swansea get the match underway!
HERE THEY COME! The teams are out and kick-off at St. Mary’s is just moments away…
SWANSEA SUBS: Nordfeldt, Narsingh, Rangel, Bartley, Mesa, Fulton, McBurnie.
SWANSEA (4-3-3): Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Mawson, Olsson; Britton (c), Fer, Carroll; Routledge, Abraham, Ayew.
Paul Clement begins his first full season at Swansea by also naming the same starting 11 from their final pre-season friendly against Sampdoria last week. The most notable absentee is the inspirational Gylfi Sigurdsson, who is edging closer to a £50 million move to Everton, but evergreen skipper Leon Britton will be pulling the strings in the middle of the park. Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham makes his debut as part of a three-man attack with support from Wayne Routledge and Jordan Ayew, while fellow new signing Roque Mesa could make his debut from the bench.
SOUTHAMPTON SUBS: Taylor, Long, Austin, Lemina, Boufal, Bednarek, McQueen.
SOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1): Forster; Cedric, Yoshida, Stephens, Bertrand; Davis (c), Romeu; Ward-Prowse, Tadic, Redmond; Gabbiadini.
In his first game in charge, Pellegrino has gone with the same 11 that started Southampton’s final pre-season friendly against Sevilla last week. That means a 4-2-3-1 formation with Manolo Gabbiadini the lone striker in front of James Ward-Prowse, Dusan Tadic and Nathan Redmond, while Jack Stephens and Maya Yoshida are paired in the heart of defence with Virgil van Dijk reportedly on the brink of departing the south coast. Record signing Mario Lemina starts on the bench alongside fellow summer recruit Jan Bednarek, while Shane Long and Charlie Austin are also among the substitutes.
There is no feeling quite like the opening weekend of the new football season, with both sides optimistic and hoping that this is the start of a memorable campaign in the Premier League. The drama will unfold over the next nine months in the English top-flight, but it all starts here!
Hello everyone and welcome to LIVE text coverage on the opening weekend of the 2017/18 Premier League season! Today, we’re at St. Mary’s as Mauricio Pellegrino’s Southampton take on Swansea City. It’s good to have your company!
Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino warns Liverpool target Vigil van Dijk that no player is bigger than the club
Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino has warned rogue captain Virgil van Dijk : No player is bigger than the team.
Liverpool target Van Dijk this week handed in a transfer request and will miss Saints’ opening day clash at home to Swansea today due to a ‘virus’.
Pellegrino said yesterday: “The problem here is that Virgil is one of the most important players. But there isn’t one player more important than the 11 players playing together.
“Virgil is an important player but the club was clear from the beginning with the player. We cannot control every situation and Virgil is part of our club because he has a contract.
“The player is clear with his position but we have to keep going because I can’t control the thinking of the player at this moment.”
Dutchman Van Dijk has been training in isolation since telling Pellegrino he wants to leave last month.
Pellegrino added: “He won’t be available this weekend as he had some trouble with a virus and hasn’t trained the last two days.”
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