Southampton looks to keep pace with the surging Gunners as they host Swansea City at St. Mary’s live on NBCSN or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.
Maya Yoshida and Saido Mane both return to Southampton after exits from the Asian Cup and Africa Cup of Nations, with Yoshida straight back into the side and Mane on the bench.
They’re welcomed back with open arms into a team struggling with injury. Both Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama have hamstring problems, while Shane Long and midfield engine Morgan Schneiderlin miss out with other injuries.
The other side is equally thin, as Gylfi Sigurdsson’s yellow card suspension makes the sale of Wilfried Bony even more painful, and Kyle Bartley is also suspended. Jonjo Shelvey returns from suspension after missing out in their tough FA Cup loss to Blackburn Rovers last weekend, while Kyle Naughton makes his debut at right-back after moving from Spurs.
Jack Cork isn’t registered in time to face his old club, and won’t be able to make his first start for Swansea at his former home after making the switch yesterday.
Get ready to bear down for this match, as there have only been six goals scored in the last five meetings between these two teams. Meanwhile, Swansea has won just one of its last nine away matches.
Southampton: Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Bertrand, Reed, S. Davis, Ward-Prowse, Tadić, Elia, Pellè.
Subs: K. Davis, Gardos, Mané, Targett, Seager, Gape.
Swansea City: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Fulton, Carroll, Shelvey, Dyer, Emnes, Gomis.
Subs: Tremmel, Rangel, Amat, Barrow, Tiendalli, Oliveira, Grimes.