Southampton had a torrid 2017-18 campaign as they had a brush with relegation and a managerial change.
Under Mauricio Pellegrino the club looked destined for the Championship, but Mark Hughes managed to save the club’s skin by scraping to survival following his appointment in March.
The former Stoke City boss was given a permanent deal at the end of the season, so he will get an opportunity to put his stamp on the team this season.
On Thursday morning, the Premier League announced the fixtures for the new campaign, and it has been a kind start for the Saints.
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The club will begin their season with a home match against Burnley at St Mary’s on August 11, and they will go on to face Everton, Leicester City, Crystal Palace and Brighton in their first five clashes.
The festive schedule looks tougher for Southampton as they will take on Huddersfield Town, West Ham United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Leicester over the hectic period.
The coastal club will close the season at home against Huddersfield.
Overall, the fans are content with the schedule, but some are slightly concerned about the December/January run.
At last! Not a top form team on the last game of the season for a change! Thank you FA! ?❤️⚽
— Di Healey ⚽? (@saintylgirl1972) June 14, 2018
First five last five fixtures look good for us, start well finish well is required for sure,
— Saints76 (@Saints761) June 14, 2018
Dead happy with these fixtures! ???
— ?????? ♥ (@MissYjw1) June 14, 2018
Beat Huddersfield on the last day of the season to stay up. What’s not to like?
— Richard (@richargr001) June 14, 2018
Wow! Doubt we’ll drop a point until November ……..
— John Griffin (@Griffinjohn38) June 14, 2018
— steve (@stevemoe73) June 14, 2018
Maybe I’m being a bit of a soft-lad but December looks a bit congested/hard? Last year’s premiership injury stats suggest bad things at Xmas
— Maff Willoughby (@MaffWilloughby) June 14, 2018
A great start for a great season!
— Paul Chu (@inthemix516) June 14, 2018