A team once known for flirting with relegation on a yearly basis, Southampton FC has transformed into a Premier League mainstay. The team was established in 1885 but is more commonly known for being founding members of the Premier League. Southampton has a longstanding rivalry with Portsmouth due to their 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
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Southampton Standings Right Now
The Saints are not expected to make the drop to the Championship any time soon. But will they improve and qualify for Europe in coming campaigns? Find out how they're doing below.
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Southampton finished in a respectable 8th place in 2016-17. They could have finished higher if it weren't for some injuries to crucial players. Their big targetman, Charlie Austin, went down early in the season and never regained the scoring form he was in prior to the injury. They also lost their top two center backs - one to the transfer market and the other to injury.
Jose Fonte was shipped to West Ham during the winter transfer period after reportedly falling out with then-manager Claude Puel. Virgil van Dijk, who may be transferred soon too, went down with an injury that kept him out of the lineup for a large portion of the second half of the season.
Claudio Puel is no longer Southampton's manager, the club installing Mauricio Pellegrino as his replacement. He's got pretty big shoes to fill, and will find it hard to finish better than 8th place. Southampton were poor at home, winning only six of 19 games at Saint Mary's. That was the fourth worst home record in the league, a mark that needs to be improved in coming seasons.
The Saints were much better on the road, enjoying the seventh best away record. That's an impressive record for a team that couldn't string together a run of good home results. They were organised and dogged on the road, something Puel should take credit for.
If Pellegrino can instill the same kind of discipline into his team, you should consider backing them on the road when the odds aren't favorable. They are good as a road underdog, something that shouldn't be overlooked.
The Saints, for larger portions of the season, had loads of trouble scoring goals. They scored 41 in 38 games, the seventh fewest in the Premier League. Puel made the astute decision of bringing Manolo Gabbiadini to the south coast and the Italian lit up the Premier League. Along with Austin's health, he will be crucial in ensuring Southampton are more dangerous going forward.
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