How Southampton fared last season
Last season turned out to be far more of a struggle than any Saints fan would’ve anticipated at the start.
After 4 consecutive top 8 finishes, which included 2 European campaigns, they wouldn’t have been expecting to be in a relegation battle that went to the final day.
Southampton won just 4 of their 30 games under Mauricio Pellegrino and looked set for relegation when Mark Hughes took over in March.
Despite losing his first 3, conceding 3 on each occasion, Sparky did put the spark back into the Saints and 5 points from their next 3 set up a relegation showdown with Swansea in the final week of the season.
The winner would survive.
The loser would be down.
It looked to be heading towards an inconclusive 0-0 but Manolo Gabbiadini scored the winner with just 17 minutes to play and the Saints survived. Just.
Will Southampton have a more comfortable season this time around?
What’s changed at Southampton this summer
Mark Hughes has wasted no time in this window and has splashed the cash on 4 new recruits.
Jannik Vestergaard could help their defensive fragility as they never coped after the departure of Virgil van Dijk.
Hughes will also be hoping that Armstrong and Elyounoussi can bring some attacking flair to a team that averaged less than a goal a game last season.
Scoring goals was their biggest problem and if they are going to stay up comfortably either they’re going to have to bring in a new striker or hope one of Long, Austin or Gabbiadini can find their shooting boots.
It could be a tough season ahead at St Mary’s.
|Angus Gunn.||Goalkeeper.||Manchester City.||£10 million.|
|Jannik Vestergaard.||Centre back.||Borussia Mönchengladbach||£22 million.|
|Stuart Armstrong.||Attacking midfielder.||Celtic.||£7 million.|
|Mohamed Elyounoussi||Winger.||Basel.||£15 million.|
|Stuart Taylor.||Goalkeeper.||Free agent.||Free.|
|Florin Gardoș.||Centre back.||Universitatea Craiova.||Free.|
|Jérémy Pied.||Right back.||Free agent.||Free.|
|Dušan Tadić.||Winger.||Ajax.||£11 million.|
|Guido Carrillo.||Striker.||Leganés.||Season long loan.|
|Jordy Clasie.||Central midfielder.||Feyenoord.||Season long loan.|
|Sofiane Boufal.||Winger.||Celta Vigo.||Season long loan.|
Southampton predictions for 2018/2019
After last season’s close shave they will be desperate to stay clear of the drop zone and are a big 8/1 to go down.
They have finished in the top 10 in 4 of their 6 Premier League seasons since promotion in 2012 and are 5/4 to do so again.
Southampton lost in the final of the league cup in 2016 and are 33/1 to win either the FA Cup or League Cup.
Despite some promising signings, expect Southampton to struggle this season and they’re an outside bet for relegation.
Southampton’s potential starting XI and squad depth
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.