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Nickname: The Saints
Stadium: Saint Mary's Stadium (Capacity 32,384)
Manager: Ralph Hasenhüttl (AUT)
Last Season: 15th
|Gavin Bazunu (Manchester City) €14m||Fraser Forster (Tottenham Hotspur) Free|
|Roméo Lavia (Manchester City) €12.3m||Shane Long (Reading) Free|
|Armel Bella-Kotchap (VfL Bochum) €10m||Harry Lewis (Bradford City) Free|
|Joe Aribo (Rangers) €7.1m|
The Saints Skipper is a renowned set-piece specialist, but he brings so much more to Southampton. Netting 10 goals last season, the playmaker picked up the Player of the Year award for the second year running. The Saints are known for their inconsistency, but Ward-Prowse provides a much-needed, dependable presence in the heart of their midfield.
Predicted Formation: 4-2-2-2
Southampton play with a clearly defined, high pressing 4-2-2-2 structure. With rapid transitions and direct counter attacks at the heart of the system, a relentless work rate is required to play in Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side. Winning the ball back as quickly as possible is a top priority as the Saints look to set traps and unleash explosive transitions into the final third. In keeping with their Gegenpressing style, Southampton have a high defensive line. At times, the results are risky and rewards rare, but Hasenhüttl will never part from his pressing philosophy.
|Tottenham (A)||There were 14 goals in the 4 fixtures between Southampton and Spurs last season.|
|Leeds United (H)||Southampton finished just two points ahead of Leeds last season.|
|Leicester City (A)||Leicester equalled the Premier League’s biggest every victory when they beat Southampton 9-0 back in 2019.|
|Manchester United (H)||There were two 1-1 draws when the two sides faced each other last season.|
|Newcastle (H)||Newcastle won this fixture 2-1 last season as they cruised to Premier League safety under Eddie Howe.|
On their day, Southampton are a match for any team. But equally, there are times where the Saints look devoid of direction. In four of the past five seasons, Southampton have taken fewer than 45 points. After a dismal end to last season where the Saints won just one of their last 13 games, Hasenhüttl will be under pressure to ensure his side hit the ground running in this campaign.
Since the takeover in January, the new owners at Southampton have acted swiftly this summer, axing three of Hasenhüttl’s backroom staff. And if the Saints get off to a bad start this season, it’s likely the Austrian Manager will follow suit.
Southampton have finished 15th for the second season running and it’s difficult to envisage any significant improvement in this campaign. The team will again be reliant on last season’s top goal-scorer James Ward-Prowse, and Hasenhüttl will be hoping his young signings can make an instant impact.
Will Southampton be dragged into a relegation battle, or will they have the quality to secure a mid-table finish?
(odds correct as of July 22, 2022 and subject to change)
Did you know? Southampton dropped 29 points from winning positions in the 2021/22 season - the highest number in the Premier League.
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