Southampton v Swansea, Saturday 15:00
The torrid results endured in recent weeks by Southampton continued for yet another weekend as they couldn’t find a way back against Tottenham at St Marys. A solitary goal from Jay Rodriguez was all Nigel Adkins’ side could muster in a match where their defensive frailty, an unfortunate consistent on the return to the top flight so far, was once again exposed.
Rodriguez’s goal was his first in the Premier League this season, having come from 15 shots at goal 7 on target.
Despite their struggles, Southampton remain top of the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index for their work rate, the Saints players have together covered 633.72 miles this season.
Rickie Lambert can also consider his transition to the Premier League a successful one so far. He has 4 goals from 22 shots at goal this season including 10 on target.
Swansea battled to a 1-1 draw with Chelsea last time out, a late equalizer from Pablo Hernandez rescuing a point for the Swans. Whilst Ashley Williams provided a bright spot by looking to have returned to top form, Swansea will have felt lucky to come away from anything in this match though given their lack of invention and striking inability to work Petr Cech for larges swathes of the match.
Hernandez’s is Swansea’s record signing, and the Spanish midfielder has two goals in his Premier League account so far from 9 shots at goal with 5 on target.
Williams has displayed impeccable reading of the game so far this season, making 72 interceptions, the third highest in the EA SPORTS Player Performance Index, and 13 blocks, the second highest in that category
Swansea were facing one of the Premier League’s most dangerous midfields against Chelsea, and Jonathan de Guzman’s development into a Premier League midfielder of real quality was demonstrated as he won 8 tackles in the game, the second highest total by a player in a single game this season.
Dyer’s goal was in addition to his two Premier League goals so far this season, which have come from 12 shots at goal with an impressive 9 on target. Dyer also has two league assists to his name, having completed 165 passes in his opponent’s half this season.