Southampton Premier League Betting Preview

Southampton Betting Odds


Southampton Betting Preview

In what looks likely to be the most fiercely contested Premier League season yet, it might be tough for Southampton to replicate last season’s top six finish.  Not only have many of the traditional top-flight powers brought in high-profile managers and already made some significant new signings, but the Saints have had to endure the loss of their manager and have again been subject to an annual raid for some of their own players.

A top 10 finish should be within their capabilities, but the best available price isn’t worth the risk.  Whatever the concerns about the annual turnover of players, the club is too well run for them to be considered relegation fodder.  A decent run in either the FA or League Cup could prove to be their best hope of success this term.

Southampton offered little in the Europa League last season, going out to FC Midtjylland before the season had barely begun.  They will surely make a stronger showing this year, but it’s probably not a competition they will fully focus on unless they reach the latter stages and the price currently available on them holds little attraction.


Transfer Window

In

  • Nathan Redmond (Norwich City)
  • Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (Bayern Munich)

Out

  • Gaston Ramirez (out of contract)
  • Will Britt (out of contract)
  • Kelvin Davis (out of contract)
  • Victor Wanyama (Tottenham Hotspur)
  • Jason McCarthy (Walsall – half-season loan)
  • Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
  • Juanmi (Real Sociedad)
  • Joe Lea (Yeovil Town)
  • Graziano Pelle (Shandong Luneng)

Southampton’s record 2015-16

  • Premier League – 6th  
  • FA Cup – 3rd round (Crystal Palace)
  • League Cup – quarter-finals (Liverpool)
  • Europa League – play-offs (FC Midtjylland)

Southampton fixtures 2016-17

The Saints start the new Premier League season at home to Watford on Saturday 13th August and follow that with a trip to Old Trafford to face Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United the following Friday.  The final Premier League match of the season for Southampton is at St Mary’s on Sunday 21st May 2017, when Stoke City will be the visitors.  The two south coast derbies with Bournemouth are currently scheduled to take place on Saturday 17th December (Vitality Stadium) and Saturday 1st April 2017 (St Mary’s Stadium).


Southampton Betting Tips

Claude-Puel

After another summer in which the Saints have been raided for key players and lost their manager, the big question is whether or not their famed scouting network will again be able to come up with capable replacements.

The departures of Sadio Mane, Victor Wanyama and Graziano Pelle are perhaps not quite the blow of previous transfer windows, particularly given that the club has previously shown that it is able to rebuild after such losses.  The signings of Nathan Redmond and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg have already helped to soften the blow on this occasion.

It’s also been encouraging to see that Ryan Bertrand has become the latest Saints player to sign a contract extension, joining Virgil van Dijk, Fraser Forster, James Ward-Prowse and Steven Davis in putting pen to paper on new deals over the last few months and indicating that the players still have faith in where the club are heading.

The appointment of Claude Puel as successor to Ronald Koeman is perhaps more open to doubt, with it always being something of a gamble in naming a manager who has never previously worked outside the country of their birth.  Those working behind the scenes at St Mary’s Stadium always seem to do their homework though and Puel is no doubt a safe pair of hands and did take Lyon to the semi-finals of the Champions League, so certainly isn’t lacking in pedigree.


Southampton Information

  • Official club site: www.saintsfc.co.uk/
  • Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium
  • Manager: Claude Puel
  • Club nickname: The Saints
  • Year formed: 1885
  • Club owner: Katharina Liebherr
  • Most League appearances: Terry Paine (713)
  • Most League Goals: Mick Channon (185)

Southampton FC Club honours

Football League Division Three / Football League One

Winners (1): 1959–60

Football League Third Division South

Winners (1): 1921–22

Southern League

Winners (6): 1896–97, 1897–98, 1898–99, 1900–01, 1902–03, 1903–04

FA Cup

Winners (1): 1976

Football League Trophy

Winners (1): 2010