Michael Owen has predicted today’s Premier League clash between Southampton and Swansea City to be a “tight, tense affair” in his Betvictor.com column.
The former Manchester United and Liverpool striker does not forsee too many goals in the encounter at St. Mary’s Stadium.
“Ronald Koeman was disappointed with Saints’ defensive display as they shipped three goals to Palace in the FA Cup last weekend and it might be a case of back to basics at St Mary’s on Sunday,” the 35-year-old wrote on Betvictor.com.
“Swansea haven’t scored against Southampton in over six hours of league football and I don’t expect to see many opportunities in what I expect to be another tight, tense affair.”
Southampton will be favourites heading into today’s match, but as Owen predicts, the game is likely to be very competitive.
Ronald Koeman’s side are currently fourth in the Premier League table with 42 points from 22 matches, just a point behind third-placed Manchester United having played a fewer game.
The Saints have made an encouraging start to the New Year, notwithstanding the 3-2 defeat to fellow Premier League outfit Crystal Palace at home in the fourth round of the FA Cup last weekend.
It will be interesting to see how Southampton react to the loss to Palace, but the fans should retain belief in the team’s ability to bounce back in style as they have done so before.
Swansea are currently going through a bad spell and have conceded eight goals in their last two competitive games.
However, the Swans do have the quality to step up their game and take something from today’s match at St. Mary’s.