Match Pack: Swansea City vs Saints

By SFC Media time Fri 07 Jan Swansea vs Saints

Southampton kick-start their Emirates FA Cup campaign on Saturday as they travel to Liberty Stadium to face Championship side Swansea City.

THE MATCH

Swansea vs Saints
Emirates FA Cup
Liberty Stadium
Saturday 8th January, 5.30pm GMT

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Simon Hooper.
Assistants: Andrew Fox, Richard Wild.
Fourth official: Tom Reeves.

WHERE TO WATCH?

This match will be broadcast live on BBC One Wales and BBC iPlayer.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Swansea return to action for the first time since December 11, where they fell to a 4-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest.

It’s been a difficult season for the Swans, who currently sit 17th in the Championship.

Russell Martin’s side will be looking to build a positive run in the cup to bring a change of fortunes to their season.

Saints will be looking to mirror their impressive FA Cup run from the 2020/21 season where they reached the semi-final stage before losing out to Leicester City at Wembley Stadium.

After a positive festive period, Hasenhüttl’s side will look to continue their consistent form with victory on the road.

Saints claimed an impressive 3-1 victory when they travelled to Liberty Stadium in pre-season, with goals from Nathan Tella, Nathan Redmond and Stuart Armstrong.

This is the first ever FA Cup meeting between Swansea and Southampton, with each of the previous games between the sides coming in league competition.

TEAM NEWS

Swansea have been plagued by illness in recent weeks, with a number of players and staff struck down with coronavirus.

With many players returning to training this week for the first time in two weeks, team selection will be a difficult decision for boss Martin.

The disappointment continues for the Welsh outfit who had promising young loanee, Ethan Laird, recalled by Manchester United before signing a loan deal with AFC Bournemouth.

Meanwhile, Saints will be without Tino Livramento and Will Smallbone through injury.

Kyle Walker-Peters, Ché Adams and Thierry Small all miss out as they recover from Covid while Mohammed Salisu misses out as he serves a suspension.

THE MANAGERS

Russell Martin:
"It’ll be a tough game for sure but it’s one that‘ll excite everyone. It’s an opportunity to show what they can do. The guys who have been here constantly have worked brilliantly. We’re hoping we can transfer that on to the pitch tomorrow and I'm convinced we will. You should never be fearful of any game."

Ralph Hasenhüttl: “It was not easy to prepare for this game. We never know what team we are facing now. We have to concentrate on our own strength.”

ONES TO WATCH

Jamie Paterson:
Having netted eight times already since joining in the summer transfer window, Paterson has continued to impress at Liberty Stadium.

Dangerous from the set piece, he'll be a threat to the Saints defence on Saturday. 

Nathan Tella:
Signing a brand-new contract on Thursday, the 22-year-old has continued to impress boss Ralph Hasenhüttl.

Having scored in Saints’ pre-season clash at Liberty Stadium, Tella will be hoping to replicate that on Saturday evening.

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Swansea:

Goals:

Joël Piroe 12
Jamie Paterson 8
Ntcham, Whittaker 3

Assists:
Piroe, Paterson, Manning, Laird 4
Ntcham, Williams, Dhanda, Smith 2

Southampton:

Goals:

Armando Broja 6
Ward-Prowse, Elyounoussi 5
Ché Adams 4

Assists:
Nathan Redmond 5
Ward-Prowse, Walker-Peters 3
Elyounoussi, A. Armstrong 2

HEAD TO HEAD

Played: 72
Swansea: 21
Draws: 16
Saints: 35

LAST FIVE MEETINGS

May 2018: Swansea 0-1 Saints (Gabbiadini)
August 2017: Saints 0-0 Swansea
January 2017: Swansea 2-1 Saints (Long)
September 2016: Saints 1-0 Swansea (Austin)
February 2016: Swansea 0-1 Saints (Long)

DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton’s Nathan Redmond has been directly involved in seven goals in his last seven appearances in the FA Cup, scoring five and assisting two.
- Southampton have lost just two of their last 14 FA Cup away games (W9 D3), with both of those defeats coming against Premier League opposition (Sunderland in 2014, Tottenham in 2020).
- Southampton have won seven of their last 10 meetings with Swansea (D1 L2), most recently a 1-0 away win in May 2018 in the Premier League.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Nathan Redmond(R) of Southampton and Enock Mwepu(L) of Brighton and Hove Albion during the Premier League match between Southampton and Brighton & Hove Albion at St Mary's Stadium on December 04, 2021 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Nathan Redmond in action for Southampton against Brighton

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