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August 25th, 2017 | Ian Carnaby's Sports News

I am away on holiday in Canada so it would be wrong to go into detail about the weekend sport, though naturally I was pleased that both selections came in last week – no shortage of goals at St Mary’s and Forest Green Rovers just inching out Yeovil.

At this distance I have to rely on things I’ve seen and after watching the Southampton-Swansea goalless draw on the opening day I thought Swansea would need a miracle to survive in the Premier League this season. Of course, the months stretch ahead to spring, there is still the remainder of this window and another one to come but they lack spark and inspiration. I don’t believe in betting certainties but Manchester United could have been backed at a very short price to beat them last Saturday.

You can never tell how long it will take a new boss to shape things his way and the early signs are that Frank De Boer needs more time at Crystal Palace. But Swansea at home is a game they will have to win and I think they will manage it all right. They have the forwards to score early, something the Saints signally failed to achieve in a game that was virtually attack against defence.

It’s gratifying when the good guys get a break and Mick McCarthy has had a better start at Ipswich after a few years when he must surely have been on the edge. The game against Fulham is a fascinating prospect because the London boys need to pick up to justify some fairly confident forecasts on their behalf.

They can take something from the game at Portman Road, which I expect to be open and entertaining. There should be goals.

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