After what seems like forever, the Premier League is finally back to light up our screens! In preparation for the opening weekend, Millsy’s View is going to take a look at each team and review how they have done so far, how they might perform with the remaining fixtures and where they might finish in the league.
It is obviously going to be very different, as we have already seen with the return of the Bundesliga, where the lack of fans seems to give no home advantage. Also, many teams have come back seemingly better prepared, whilst conversely, some are not so well prepared. Nonetheless, in this article, we’re going to a look at Southampton F.C. and try to analyse how they might do.
The Story So Far
Southampton’s season so far can only be described as the definition of a roller coaster. They started with a small dip into the relegation zone, before picking up their form and moving briefly into the top half, before their form dipped again massively and they spent a much longer period in the relegation zone, during this period was a notable 9-0 thumping at home to Leicester City.
At this point, many clubs would’ve sacked Ralph Hassenhuettl, but credit has to be given to Southampton when it comes to managers, they often find hidden gems and don’t give up on them easily. They were then repaid by an upturn in form and another brief return to the top half of the table.
At the end of the day, you never know what type of Southampton side are going to come out of the tunnel. Will it be the one that lost 9-0 or the one that won 4 in 5 in January and February, beating Chelsea, Tottenham and avenging the defeat to Leicester? A lot of it depends on the performances of Danny Ings, who is having the season of his life and has played his way back into the England squad whispers.
What’s Coming Up?
First off is a game against bottom of the table Norwich, which Hassenhuettl will be looking at to give them the post-corona boost they need to secure their place in the league, which still isn’t a given. Following that, it will be a home game against Arsenal before they go to 17th place Watford, which are all winnable games if The Saints play to their best.
They have one of the kinder fixture lists all things considered, 4 of the teams they play are below them and another of those is also in the bottom half, so should the aforementioned Ings continue to turn up, they could still get a good haul of points and perhaps breach the top half again.
Where Will They Finish?
Overall, Southampton are unlikely to get relegated this season, which for a long time looked almost a certainty. They have shown faith in their manager, who does a very professional job, and should be able to steer themselves clear of the drop. I think they can certainly pull off some surprise results and it will be interesting to see if they can hold onto Ings going into next season. He made the step up once and it didn’t go quite how he might’ve liked it to have gone, would he want to do that again?