The Premier League is back, and Southampton will open their 2017/18 campaign with a home clash against Swansea City.
Saints head into the game off the back of a mixed pre-season. Mauricio Pellegrino’s side clinched two wins, drew twice, and lost once.
However, in what will be Pellegrino’s first competitive match as Saints boss, they’ll be hoping to put in a good performance in front of the St Mary’s faithful, with a win on the agenda to kick-start the season.
The hosts will be in a considerably good state for the game. There are no notable injuries, with Alex McCarthy still sidelined with an unknown injury. However, Virgil van Dijk is, of course, out of contention as he continues to try and force through a move.
For Swansea, though, key players will be absent. Gylfi Sigurdsson isn’t mentally ready for the match amid interest from Everton, while star striker Fernando Llorente is also ruled out with injury.
Without further ado, take a look at how we think Saints will line up in their first Premier League match this season.