Build-Up To The New Season – Southampton

Team: Southampton

Nickname: The Saints

Founded: 1885

Manager: Mauricio Pellegrino

Stadium Name: St Mary's

Stadium Capacity: 32,505

Major Honours: (1) Third Division, (1) Third Division South, (1) F.A Cup, (1) Football League Trophy

Main Rivals: Portsmouth, Brighton, Bournmouth

Biggest Win v Brighton: 6-1 (October 1961)

Biggest Defeat v Brighton: 5-0 (September 1955, October 1911)

Last Meeting: Brighton 3-0 Southampton (2/1/12)

When Do They Play Brighton: Saturday 28th October (AMEX Stadium), Wednesday 31st January (St Mary's)

 

Players To Watch:

Goalkeeper: Fraser Forster

Defender: Virgil van Dijk

Midfielder: Dusan Tadic

Striker: Manila Gabbiadini

 

Southampton weren't expecting a great deal at the start of the season, and that's what they got. The appointment of Claude Puel at the start of the season was one which they hoped would shoot them up the table and challenge for a top 6 place, but it never went according to plan. In the relegation places after matchday 4, things were looking bleak for the Saints already, but after 3 wins in their next 5, they were soon up the table. By the halfway point they had lost 7 of their games, and were dumped out the Europa League by Hapoel Be'er Sheva. 6 wins in the second half of the season along with 9 defeats saw them scrap 8th, 15 points behind 7th place Everton, ahead of rivals Bournmouth on goal difference, and it wasn't soon after that Puel was given the boot. With the money being spent this season within last years top 7, its hard to see Southampton breaking in to it, and another 8th place finish seems about right.

 

Last Season’s Finish: 8th 

Predicted Finish 8th

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