Re: Premier League Discussion Thread
I Don't think Southampton will finish top four however I can see them being top 6. As you have pointed out Ray they did lose to Spurs and Liverpool which have been there biggest tests in the league however both we're away and could of been a lot different with the way they played especially If Mane had scored the sitter he had in the Spurs game.
Southampton don't need to win all the big games this year in my opinion to be in the mix they just need to do what a lot of the so called bigger teams don't do and that's win all the games against mid table and lower end teams that's where the positions at the top can be lost if silly points are given up.
Southampton's Schedule looks nice until December then they hit a bunch of tougher matches, however they get to play Arsenal twice before the start of the Transfer Window which could prove to be a blessing in disguise.
City(Home) Arsenal (Away) Manchester United(Home) Everton(Home) Chelsea (Home) Arsenal(Home)... The Big word here is HOME if they can get say 7-9 points from them games and keep up the form there showing against the teams in the lower regions of the table there be in good stead to push for a higher finish than last season.
I think Southampton's success is down to the club having a massive chip on it's shoulder from being underrated throughout the summer by the media, Good young English players leaving leading to people calling out Soutampton's ambition then those players being replaced by lesser known players like Tadic, Mane, Pelle from not very respected leagues in the eyes of most EPL fans. With Cortese Leaving the mastermind behind there rise there was a big question mark over the Leibher family's motives especially when Cortese was replaced by Kruger a Candian who'd spent the majority of his career in Ice Hockey. Then there's Koeman was seen as a downgrade on Pochettino. Well this is my theory anyways as to why they've started so well, the Chaos in the summer help motivate everyone who remained causing this very good start... It all now just depends on how long they can keep this us vs the world sort of mentality.