Southampton FC 2018/19
Southampton are a football club based in the South East of England. They are known as the Saints and are a one club city, meaning that many people in the area support them. St Mary’s has been their home for nearly 20 years now, after the club moved to the 32,500-seater stadium in 2001 after many years at The Dell. Southampton were formed in 1885 and originally called St Mary’s YMA. They have never won the First Division title and only have one major trophy, the FA Cup in 1976, to their name, though they did make the final in 2003 when they lost to Arsenal. They made the Europa League two years ago, facing the likes of Italian giants Inter, but they failed to make it out of the group stages.
Notable former players include Matt Le Tissier, who is arguably their most famous ever player. The man fans called ‘Le God’ is their second highest goalscorer if all time having played 209 times for the club. James Beattie, another legendary figure at the club, is third on the list, but neither come close to Rickie Lambert in terms of goals; the Liverpool-born former striker is unrivalled in terms of this particular record, netting 115 goals in just 165 games. He played a particularly crucial role in the Saints securing back to back promotions from League One to the Premier League. As a club, Southampton’s best asset is their academy, which has produced a number of key players including Le Tissier, Alan Shearer, who went onto become the Premier League’s record goalscorer with 260 goals, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, both of whom they sold to Arsenal and of course Gareth Bale, who signed for Real Madrid in a then-world record £85million deal back in 2013 via a spell at Tottenham. He has gone on to win four Champions League titles with Los Blancos.
Southampton squad 2018/19
Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster, Alex McCarthy, Angus Gunn, Harry Lewis
Defenders: Cedric Soares, Maya Yoshida, Jannik Vestergaard, Ryan Bertrand, Jack Stephens, Matt Targett, Jan Bednarek
Midfielders: Steven Davis, Oriol Romeu, James Ward-Prowse, Stuart Armstrong, Mario Lemina, Nathan Redmond, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Harrison Reid, Sam McQueen, Jeremy Pied
Forwards: Shane Long, Charlie Austin, Mohammed Elyounoussi, Manolo Gabbiadini, Sam Gallagher, Josh Sims
Southampton 2018/19 predictions
Since returning to the Premier League in 2012, Southampton have relied on their superb academy and excellent recruitment process to keep climbing up the Premier League table despite selling s number of key players. But last season, everything caught up with them; by the time Mark Hughes came in and replaced Mauricio Pellegrino, all the style and philosophy that got them where they were went out of the window and suddenly, survival mattered more than anything. Hughes kept them up and was rewarded with a new contract at St Mary’s Stadium, so it will be interesting to see what happens this season. In reality, they shouldn’t suffer a similar near Miss this season, but will they regret going in a completely different direction having built something great over the past few years?
That is the way things are going these days, though; there is so much money involved in football these days and little time for development. Winning is all that matters and, for all of his faults, Hughes gets the job done. We can only see another top half finish for the Saints and that is our betting tip.
Southampton 2018/19 best offers
Top ten finish @ 11/8 with Paddy Power
Top South Coast team @ 13/10
Mark Hughes to be sacked first @ 10/1