Are Southampton going down?
It has been a very difficult season for Southampton.
The Saints started the season by winning just 2 of their first 9 matches in all competitions.
Last season, Southampton reached the League Cup final before losing in dramatic form to Manchester United but this year, they failed to progress past the first hurdle (Wolves).
Now, Mauricio Pellegrino’s team find themselves in the relegation zone with just 11 games to go.
The Saints have won just 5 games all season, whilst drawing and losing 11 matches.
Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville, who was recently appointed as manager of the England’s women team, had his say on the situation at Southampton on Match of the Day.
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) February 11, 2018
“They’re too nice”
Neville explained that Southampton
“They’re starting to drift into the bottom three and I am concerned for Southampton”
“They struggle to score goals and they struggle to have the ruthlessness that we saw from Huddersfield and Newcastle today”
Southampton have struggled to hold onto a lead this season and in recent weeks, they have surrendered a two-goal lead to Watford, a one-goal advantage to Spurs and lost 2-1 to Watford after being in front until the last 20 minutes of the match.
Neville most certainly has a point when he says that Southampton aren’t ruthless.
Southampton struggle to kill off teams and they have conceded far too many goals.
The Saints do have a strong side on paper and players such as Fraser Forster and Ryan Bertrand are far too good for the Championship.
Southampton’s run in
Disregarding the FA Cup, Southampton’s run in to avoid relegation begins at Turf Moor where the Saints face Burnley before their last ten matches of the season.
In March, Southampton face Stoke (h), Newcastle (a), Swansea (a) and West Ham (a). To sum up, March is the month where relegation will be decided. All of Southampton’s matches are relegation six-pointers and it is not a great omen that three of them are away from home.
April sees Southampton travel to Arsenal before facing Chelsea at St Mary’s. They finish the month by playing Leicester (a) and Bournemouth (h).
Southampton’s last two matches of the season come against Everton (a) and Man City(h).
As you can see, Southampton are really going to struggle but I think they have enough quality to avoid the drop… just.