In this second Super Sunday preview Southampton face Swansea, in an evenly matched encounter with Claude Puel's looking to build on their excellent mid week win. The final fixture sees Tottenham face struggling Sunderland, with the hosts looking to bounce back from the defeat in the Champions League against Monaco.

Southampton vs Swansea Odds – Sunday 18th September 2016 – 14:15 

Southampton
Can the Saints build on their excellent midweek Europa League win?

Southampton welcome Swansea to St.Mary's on Sunday afternoon, with Southampton looking to make it back to back wins under Claude Puel.

Southampton registered an excellent 3-0 victory on Thursday's Europa League tie, with Claude Puel winning his first game in charge at the club.

This could be the catalyst in Southampton's Premier League season, with this home game representing an ideal opportunity for a much needed three points.

Southampton's last Premier League game was against Arsenal, with the Saint's incredibly unlucky to lose against the Gunners.

Puel looking for win

A Petr Cech own goal (18) saw Southampton take the lead, with an excellent free kick from Dusan Tadic rebounding off the post, off Cech and into his own net

Arsenal equalised through Laurent Koscielny's acrobatic overhead kick, a finish you would not associate with a central defender.

Jose Fonte was then penalised in the 94th minute for a foul on Olivier Giroud, which appeared very harsh.

Santi Cazorla stepped up to make it 2-1 and consign Southampton to their second defeat of the season.

Europe A Welcome Relief?

They face a huge challenge to remain competitive in the Premier League and progress in the Europa League.

Southampton may well find that this temporary relief from the Premier League may help their domestic form though.

European matches at St.Mary's are what the club has worked so hard for, the players will be motivated to ensure they don't fail after last season's exploits.

They face a tough challenge against Swansea but it is one that the club will fancy winning.

Their record against Swansea overall is excellent, with 7 wins, 3 draws and 4 defeats in their 14 meetings.

Southampton are 4/6 with Shane Long at 4/1 to score first.

Southampton
Can Southampton build on their impressive Europa League display on Thursday?

 

Swansea come into this match on the back of a 2-2 draw against Chelsea, with the Swans producing an excellent second half performance.

They come into this match on the back of a 2-2 draw against Swansea, in a match that wasn't without controversy.

The Blues took the lead through Diego Costa in the 18th minute, with Swansea levelling through a Gylfi Sigurdsson penalty in the 59th minute.

Thibaut Courtois was at fault for the penalty after fouling the Iceland international, after some fine counter attacking football.

Swansea then took the lead three minutes later, with one of the controversial moments of the match, with Cahill furious at an apparent foul.

Blues defender Gary Cahill was caught in possession and Leroy Fer's shot just crossed the line off the legs of Courtois.

The Swans lost their game prior to the international break 2-1 against a resurgent Leicester at the King Power Stadium.

Mixed Season So Far

Swansea started the season in excellent fashion, with a narrow 1-0 win away against newly promoted Burnley.

Things quickly took a backward step, with a 2-0 defeat against Hull at the Liberty Stadium, with late goals from Shaun Maloney and Abel Hernandez consigning the Swans to a home defeat.

Guidolin and his men will have been deeply disappointed, failing to win at home and having created very few goalscoring opportunities.

Swansea continued their excellent recent record against Chelsea, extending their unbeaten run to three matches against the West London side.

Good Test For Swansea

The match against Southampton will be a huge challenge for Swansea, with the Saints looking to build on Thursday's excellent win.

This could yet work in Swansea's favour, with fatigue and a two-day break sure to leave the squad depleted, in comparison with Swansea's freshness.

Swansea will be looking to better their recent record, with just two wins in their last ten matches against Southampton.

Swansea are 9/2 with Borja Baston at 15/2 to score first.

Tottenham vs Sunderland – Sunday 18th September 2016 – 16:30 - Sky Sports 1 

Can Sunderland register their first win of the season against Tottenham?
Can Sunderland register their first win of the season against Tottenham?

Tottenham welcome Sunderland to White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon, with Tottenham looking to move on from their Champions League defeat in midweek.

The 2-1 loss to Monaco was not the Champions League debut Mauricio Pochettino was hoping for, with Tottenham losing at their adopted European home of Wembley.

Goals from Veiga de Carvalho e Silva (15) and Lemar (31), ensured that Tottenham were 2-0 down inside 30 minutes.

Toby Alderweireld grabbed a goal for the hosts in the 45th minute, ultimately it wasn't enough as Spurs were outclassed on their Champions League return.

Great Season So Far

Spurs come into this game on the back of a more solid footing in the Premier League, after an emphatic 4-0 win against Stoke on Saturday.

Mauricio Pochettino will be delighted with that result, with an away win and the return to the goals for Harry Kane a huge bonus for Tottenham.

Tottenham have started the season in excellent fashion, with two wins and two draws from their opening four matches.

Their 4-0 demolition of Stoke saw Harry Kane, Heung-Min Son (2) and Dele Alli complete the scoring, as Mark Hughes also saw red on the touchline.

Tough games against Liverpool and Everton have been navigated without defeat, with wins against Crystal Palace and Stoke fully maximised.

Up until the game against Stoke they had been goal shy, the performance on Saturday has put paid to that in emphatic fashion.

Exciting Times For Tottenham

They find themselves in 6th place after their haul at the weekend, Spurs will be delighted with their form as one of three sides left unbeaten this season.

Tottenham face a tough fixture against Sunderland, who have yet to win a game, they are 19th in the Premier League, level on points with Stoke.

There is plenty of excitement at Tottenham, with the redevelopment of White Hart Lane and performances on the pitch proving that the good times could be back on the other side of North London.

Tottenham will be looking to maintain their excellent overall record against Sunderland. They have won 42, drawn 28 and lost 35 of their 105 meetings.

Tottenham are 1/3 with Harry Kane at 4/1 to open the scoring.

Tottenham
Can Tottenham maintain their unbeaten start this season?

 

Sunderland come into this match on the back of a 3-0 drubbing against Everton at the Stadium of Light.

Romelu Lukaku's hat-trick was the highlight of the match for the visitors, for 61 minutes Sunderland were on even terms but they capitulated.

The Belgian completed an 11-minute hat-trick in the second half, with hapless defending from Sunderland contributing.

Goals in the 61st, 68th and 71st minute saw Sunderland completely capitulate, confirming that David Moyes has a huge task on his hands.

The Black Cats drew their prior game 1-1 against Southampton at St.Mary's, with last season's top scorer Jermaine Defoe scoring the opener in the 80th minute.

They conceded just five minutes later when Jay Rodriguez equalised, following another mistake from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.

Tough Season So Far

Sunderland have had a tough start to the season, with two narrow 2-1 defeats against Middlesbrough and Manchester City.

They gave a great account of themselves against Pep Guardiola's Manchester City, with an unfortunate own goal from Paddy McNair the difference between the sides.

Moyes and his men will have been deeply disappointed, as they followed up that defeat with a 2-1 defeat against Middlesbrough at home.

The draw against Southampton saw them gain their first point of the new season and under Moyes.

However the stark reality of the defeat against Everton is that Sunderland are in big trouble, they desperately need wins.

Big Test For Sunderland

The match against Tottenham will be a huge challenge for Sunderland, with Tottenham unbeaten under Mauricio Pochettino this season.

Last season's corresponding fixture saw Tottenham beat Sunderland 4-1, a result that David Moyes will not want his side to repeat.

Their recent record against Spurs is poor, with nine defeats coming in their last eleven matches. Their last win against Spurs came in the 2009/10 season, when they ran out 3-1 winners.

Sunderland are 15/2 with Jermaine Defoe at 9/1 to score first.

 

Betting Tips

Tip 1: Redmond to score first @ 9/2 and a 2-2 draw @ 16/1

Tip 2: Defoe to score first @ 9/1 and Tottenham to win 4-1 @ 18/1

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