A team once known for flirting with relegation on a yearly basis, Southampton FC has transformed into a legitimate Premier League contender over the last few years. The team was established in 1885 but is more commonly known for being founding members of the Premier League in 1992. Known to fans as The Saints, Southampton has a longstanding rivalry with Portsmouth due to its cities’ close proximity. Southampton have never captured a First Division/Premier League championship, but finished as runners-up during the 1983-84 season.
The Saints won a FA Cup crown in 1976 and finished as runners-up on three occasions — in 1900, 1902 and 2003. The team’s longest winning streak was during the 2011 season when they reeled off an 11-game run in all competitions.
Mick Channon, who played 15 seasons with The Saints, is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer with 228 goals. Derek Reeves only played one season with Southampton, but his 44 tallies still stands as the record for most goals in one season. Although it’s ancient history, Albert Brown — a striker who played for Southampton for one season during the 1901-02 campaign — once scored seven goals in one match.
Former Saints winger Terry Paine is the most capped Southampton player at 815.
Southampton Betting Lines Today
Whether at home or on the road, Southampton will keep matches close and can compete with the Premiership’s top clubs. However, it’s important to keep track of where Southampton is playing and what their record is at home or on the road before making your bet.
Southampton Scores & Schedule
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Southampton Standings Right Now
Southampton will undoubtedly finish in the top 10 of the Premier League standings once again and may creep into the top five by the end of the season.
It’s imperative to keep track of where Southampton and their next oppoent sit in the Premier League standings before placing your bet.
How To Win At Southampton Betting
Southampton, under newly hired manager Claude Puel, will look to build off a strong 2015-16 season in which they finished sixth in the Premier League. Puel has implemented a plan to work more closely with the Saints’ younger players.
“Especially being one of those young players, it’s important for the manager to come in and want to improve young players and to put an emphasis on that is great for us,” Southampton midfielder Harrison Reed told Southampton’s official YouTube channel.
Southampton was among the higher scoring clubs in the Premier League last season with 59 goals while conceding just 41. The club finished with an impressive record of 18 wins, nine draws and 11 losses and wrapped up the season right behind powerhouse teams Manchester City and Manchester United — not bad company.
So how will the Saints fare this upcoming season?
Bet365.com has Southampton at +10000 to win the Premier League outright in 2016-17 — not the greatest odds, but we all remember what Leicester City did, right?
The online sportsbook also has Southampton at +2500 to win the FA Cup in 2017 — a trophy they haven’t lifted since 1976. Southampton is also pegged at +2500 to win the England EFL Cup.
Their sixth-place Premier League finish also qualified Southampton for the UEFA Europa League. According to Skybet.com, The Saints are 28/1 underdogs to win the tournament.
If Southampton wants to remain in contention, they’ll need another strong performance from Irish striker Shane Long, who netted 10 goals last season. Southampton already lost striker and leading scorer from a year ago Sadio Mane. It is also expected Graziano Pelle, who netted a team-leading 11 goals last season, may be on his way out on transfer as well.
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