Southampton kick off the Premier League season with a huge game,
with massive implications at both ends of the table.
Can the Saints send shockwaves across the Premier League
and all but confirm their own Premier League safety against title chasing Liverpool?
You can nearly break Southampton’s season down in to two halves: Mark Hughes, and post Mark Hughes.
The Saints had won just a single game in 14 before Hughes was dismissed in December.
Since then, his replacement Ralph Hasenhüttl has lead his side to 7 Premier League victories,
with 3 of those coming in their last 4 Premier League outings, including a vital win in last weekend’s 6 pointer against Brighton.
The Saints seem to be hitting form at just the right time, they’ve been excellent in recent weeks.
A few weeks ago they beat Spurs at home, which was a week after they were very unlucky to lose at Old Trafford.
Of course more importantly, they beat Brighton last weekend, which was a crucial win!
The likes of Yan Valery, James Ward-Prowse, Nathan Redmond and Pierre Højbjerg have put in some great shift lately,
and I think that Hasenhüttl is the reason for them all enjoying their football again.
He seems passionate on the sidelines, and the players have responded on the pitch.
Danny Ings has also returned to the side, which is a welcome return to bolster the squad.
Southampton’s run in is also favourable, as they face sides that are in and around them including Newcastle,
Bournemouth, and already relegated Huddersfield.
So you’d expect them to grab at least another 3-6 points out of those games,
which should be enough to keep them safe for another season in the Premier League.