Few were predicting anything from Southampton this season. A host of big names (including their captain and top scorer from the last four seasons) departed over the summer, but from the exodus, ecstasy has gripped the South Coast club. Some wise additions and good showings saw the Saints enter their tie with Manchester City in second spot, and although they lost, third place after 13 games is some going!
Some tricky ties are coming up for the Hampshire outfit, but we think these three factors make them genuine top four contenders.
It’s quite bizarre to ready that Southampton have only conceded four goals at home all season! Yaya Toure’s driven effort was almost unstoppable, with the Ivorian’s goal following Charlie Austin’s for QPR at St Mary’s Stadium. With a solid base provided by the likes of Jose Fonte, Toby Alderweireld and Victor Wanyama, the Saints have enough to stem the flow of goals, unlike some rivals…
Tadic and Pelle were not at their best this afternoon, but the pair have been excellent this season. Summer arrivals to replace Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, the Italian and the Serbian have already notched a combined seven Premier League goals, while the latter has weighed in with six assists. Better than the men they’re filling in for…
So Southampton sold Lambert, Lallana and Lovren to Liverpool and got Tadic and Pelle. Great business
— Josh (@jampadu) November 1, 2014
Tadic, Pelle, Bony, Blind, Eriksen. It’s been a great couple of years for recruiting from the Eredivisie. Oh be quiet about Jozy Altidore.
— Daniel Storey (@danielstorey85) October 25, 2014
#bbceurofooty Graziano Pelle to southampton. Absolute steal for 8 million. Dusan Tadic was a great buy too!
— william thornton (@birdwatcher_7) November 28, 2014
It’s not wise to rely on other dropping points, but the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Spurs are all stuttering right now, easing the pressure on Southampton. With such a buffer over their rivals right now, the South Coast side can afford a few losses on the upcoming run of tricky fixtures. However, some fans are a bit negative…
Southampton’s easy opening fixtures have made them look better than they are. Will be out of the top four by Christmas.
— Ollie Heptinstall (@OliHepy) November 30, 2014
Looks like the Southampton bubble has burst, remember being in the top four in November means nothing
— 23CarraGold (@GMPUNK88) November 30, 2014
Southampton might just be crawling out of top four with these fixtures
— TAWIAH (@Shuugar) November 30, 2014