Saints have the quality but need the consistency to avoid a relegation scrap...
Southampton will pretty pleased to have another stab in the top flight, won’t they? They will. After 10 games they were bottom in 2012/13 – despite playing pretty well, they lost eight of those opening 10.
It was a tough start though, and they recovered well… Yes, they had City, United and Arsenal in their first four games, so it was something of a false picture, especially as they gave the Manchester clubs a right scare. Nigel Adkins had them playing pretty well and up to 15th with a crucial win over Villa and a draw at Chelsea.
So he probably didn’t see the bullet coming his way, then? No, it was a shock to pretty much everyone when Adkins was sacked and replaced by Mauricio Pochettino. Crucially, the Argentinian kept them up. And he oversaw some big wins in so doing – against City, Liverpool and Chelsea.
No mugs, then… No – they’ve got some quality performers. Morgan Schneiderlin was impressive in midfield against us. And they’ve added some steel with the signing of Kenyan powerhouse Victor Wanyama from Celtic. Defender Dejan Lovren is another new arrival, from Lyon.
Do they have any other key men? Captain Adam Lallana made the step up to the Premier League with aplomb last term, showing quality on the ball and even earning an England call-up.
When do we face them this term? Saturday 19 October at OT; we head to St Mary’s on the last day of the season, Sunday 11 May. Hmm, wonder if it’ll be squeaky-bum time on the south coast that day…?
Any interesting facts or figures? United were only ahead for three minutes at St Mary’s in September before taking the points. Saints were 2-1 up with 87 minutes gone before RVP nipped in twice.
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