Southampton v Swansea City - Five players under the spotlight

St Marys Southampton

In form Southampton host Swansea City at the St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The clash should be an exciting game to watch for the neutral with both teams preferring to play the ball on the ground and pass it through their opponents.

Southampton will obviously be coming into this game full of confidence having won two games on the spin, at home to Crystal Palace and at Anfield against Liverpool.

Swansea lost last week to Arsenal at home but will take heart from how they finished the match, they were very close to grabbing an unlikely equaliser having been down 2-0 mid way through the second half.

Despite good form I expect this one to end in a draw, both teams are evenly matched and they won’t be able to be separated.

Odds: Southampton 11/2, Draw 31/10, Swansea City 8/13

Last meeting:

Swansea City 0 – 0 Southampton – April 21st 2013, Liberty Stadium

A very drab affair between two good footballing teams and Southampton actually extended their unbeaten run to six games with this important away at Swansea.

Five players to watch on Sunday:

Rickie Lambert

Southampton’s talismanic striker got hit 200th league goal last weekend in the win against Crystal Palace and will now look to push on with his goal scoring having gone a few games without finding the net. His shooting and heading ability has the potential to change any game and trouble any defence.

Pablo Osvaldo

Osvaldo was Southampton’s record signing got off the mark for his new side against Crystal Palace last weekend and this could be the boost he needs to really get going in the Premier League.

Michu

Last season’s bargain of the year hasn’t quite got off to the blistering start he did last season but he is slowly regaining his form and causing teams problems again. His partnership with Wilfried Bony, while not perfect, is very promising and manager Michael Laudrup will be happy with the way they have settled in together.

Ben Davies

The young fullback has impressed pundits and fans alike with his performances so far this season. He has not only been solid in defence but has also shown a great desire to get forward to good effect. He scored last time out against Arsenal after a brilliantly worked move allowed him to get one-on-one with the Arsenal goal. He’s not only bodes well for Swansea but also the Welsh National team.

Jonjo Shelvey

Since moving to Swansea from Liverpool he has had some up and down performances, especially against his old team when he gifted the Reds two goals. Expect him to be out to prove the point that he deserves to be starting regularly in the Premier League.

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