Southampton F.C, nicknamed “The Saints,” are an English Premier League team who go into the 2016/17 season with mixed emotions, and a little uncertainty. Since returning to the Premier League in the 2012/13 season, the Saints have managed to establish themselves as a good top-half team in the league, this despite continually selling their best players season after season. In recent years Southampton have sold Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovgren, Calum Chambers, Luke Shaw, Morgan Schneiderlin, and Nathaniel Clyne to various Premier League rivals, yet they still manage to impose themselves each season.
Before the 2016/17 season, Southampton lost the services of strikers Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane, and midfielder Victor Wanyama. At time of writing, none of these players have been replaced, which could spell bad news for the Saints.
An even more substantial loss is that of manager Ronald Koeman who had worked wonders with the players he had available to him. Koeman left for Everton and Claude Puel replaced him.
Southampton still have several talented players in their first team squad, and a seemingly never-ending line of youngsters coming through the ranks so they should be fine this season, but it is easy to see why they are +12500 to win the league this year and only +2000 to be relegated.
Can Southampton better or match last season’s amazing sixth-place finish, or does the bottom half of the table await the Saints?
Southampton Next Regular Season Game
Is the next game at St Mary’s, or are the Saints on the road? Let us check where Southampton’s next regular season game takes place, and who it is against.
Southampton Game Schedule
If you want to know the full Southampton game schedule, you have come to the right place because you will find it right here, along with a whole host of other useful information.
What Are The Current Southampton Standings
The 2016/17 season could go either way for Southampton; it is going to be difficult to predict. Let us take a look at the current Southampton standings and see how they are faring so far.
Southampton Online Betting Tips
The 2016/17 season could go either way for Southampton; it is going to be difficult to predict. Let us simply take a look at the current Southampton standings and see how they are faring so far.
Southampton’s odds on winning the 2016/17 Premier League are an astronomical +12500 so if I were you, I would leave this particular market along and focus my attention elsewhere.
We have already gone over how Southampton have lost key personnel in the offseason, including their manager, and not replaced them with quality, but they are still too good to be relegated (plus there are teams much worse than them) so leave the +2000 on relegation alone, too.
Bookmakers are confident of a top half finish for Southampton as they are priced at -125, but you can also find -111 on a bottom half finish, showing how difficult the Saints are to predict this season.
If you think Southampton will match their sixth place finish from last year this season, you’ll get odds of around +450 on that happening.
Southampton won 11 of their 19 home games last season, and did so with the second best attack in the league having scored 39 goals. However, they have lost two good strikers this summer so expect this tally to be lower this time around.
Defensively, the Saints were the fifth best in the Premier League with 41 goals conceded and 12 clean sheets. Their away defensive record was second best in the league, showing they tighten up on the road, also evident by their away attack being ranked 13th.
Games involving Southampton featured 100 goals in 2015/16, with 61 of them coming at their home ground, and only 39 away; that last stat ranked them 19th in the league, so do not expect goals when Southampton are on their travels.
Those of you looking at the top goalscorer market will find the only Saints player listed as Charlie Austin. The former QPR forward is +5000 to finish at the top of the charts, like a title win, this will not happen.
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