Southampton Predictions for this Season ( I_WOULD Luv it if number 2 comes true )
Addressing their attacking woes this summer, Southampton completed an undefeated preseason which included victories over FC Koln and Feyenoord. Besides both of those bright points, Southampton have also achieved their first preseason under manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
The hard-working Austrian pushed the side this summer while also reintroducing former busts Wesley Hoedt and Sofiane Boufal. Mixing these players along with the Saints newest signings, Southampton look set to have a bounce-back campaign. Targeting the mid-table, Saints are also likely to target some major cup victories in both the Carabao and FA Cups.
Looking at the first team, however, it’s time to make some predictions. So let’s get to it and take a look at some of the biggest and boldest Southampton predictions.
James Ward-Prowse is Named PL Player of the Season
Becoming a major force under manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, James Ward-Prowse finally achieved the level of talent that many expected of him last season. Scoring seven times last season for Saints, Prowsey became a major playmaker during the second half of the campaign. Despite having zero assists last season, Ward-Prowse gave Southampton a deadly edge whenever he was on the pitch.
This season, however, Ward-Prowse hit’s a high that no one would have ever expected from him. Scoring 15 times for Southampton, Ward-Prowse adds another 20 assists to his total this season. Playing a major role in every single Southampton victory, Ward-Prowse earns plaudits across the league. In the end, his performance not only leads the Saints to a top ten finish in the league but also lead’s to the Englishman being named as the Premier League’s Player of the Season. Talk about a bold start to our Southampton predictions.
Sofiane Boufal Is This Season’s Mohamed Elyounoussi
Despite having an underperforming loan stint at Celta Vigo last season, Sofiane Boufal remains a player full of potential. Unfortunately for Southampton, it remains just potential at this stage. While few would argue with Boufal’s ability on the ball, the Moroccan remains a troublesome player. Giving possession away far too easily at times, Boufal reminds many of Nathan Redmond prior to Ralph Hasenhuttl’s arrival.
Unfortunately for those supporters, Boufal proves to be less Redmond and more Mohamed Elyounoussi this season. Struggling to usurp both Redmond and new signing Moussa Djenepo in the starting XI, Boufal quickly falls down the pecking order. Making just a handful of appearances this season, Boufal becomes another rusty anchor on the Saint’s wage book.
Che Adams Scores Five Goals
Despite an amazing start to his Southampton career, Che Adams finally hits a wall once the Premier League season kicks off. Scoring three times in his first three matches for Saints, Adams has seen his already unreasonable expectations skyrocket. Expected to be a top goalscorer in the Premier League this season, Adams’ will fall far short of those expectations.
Scoring just five times in the league this season, Adams’ will struggle from the word go. However, this is not a bad thing. In fact, it’s actually alright. While the Englishman does struggle to find the back of the net, he does manage to contribute in the attacking end of the pitch. Showing improvement every match, Adams follows the pattern he has shown throughout his career. Struggle in year one, dominate in year two.
Jake Vokins and Michael Obafemi Become First Team Regulars
One of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s greatest accomplishments thus far has been his ability to promote and develop the great talent currently on display in the Southampton youth ranks. Yan Valery, Callum Slattery, and Kayne Ramsay are just a few names that Hasenhuttl has promoted during his time with the club.
That said, two players who promise to play a major role in the Saints first team this season are Michael Obafemi and Jake Vokins. Becoming increasingly fit under the leadership of Hasenhuttl, Obafemi becomes the number three striker for Southampton. A regular second-half sub this season, Obafemi becomes even more of a fan favourite thanks to his exciting runs and pure pace that he displays.
Joining Obafemi in the first team will be Jake Vokins. The 19-year-old full-back is the first choice to replace Ryan Bertrand this season. Earning a number of starts while Bertrand is out injured, Vokins joins fellow full-back Yan Valery as the faces of the Saints defence for years to come.
The day is about the very few that served on the anniversary and are still with us , including the mothers and fathers , daughters and sons. The grandchildren who feel proud of what was sacrificed for our way our life. The ones that didn't make it RIP.
I know you won't let our proud County down , do not accept anything but 100% respect from the visitors to your city and our county. Show the world why we have been the bulwark of this country for centuries with our wall of oak.
Make us proud to be British one more time my smelly friends
What type of idiot publically refuses to attend a state event when he is part of the state as leader of the opposition and then unknown to everyone he attempted to arrange a private meeting with Trump which Trump subsequently turned down , I wonder why ?
I'm sure if the tories decided to shoot every cat in the country , Corbyn would respond by shooting all the dogs.
I see this Craze for voting for the wrong outcome has spread to Turkey now. After getting the wrong result in the Istanbul Mayoral elections they have consulted the UK voters who were at the receiving end of a wrong result and decided to rerun the elections as you can't have to much Democracy , a victory for 'The People' !
Turkish authorities have scrapped the result of a vote for Istanbul mayor that was lost by the candidate backed by the president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, in response to calls by his AK party for a rerun.
In a move that hit the lira and drew opposition accusations of “dictatorship“, the high election board (YSK) ruled that a fresh Istanbul mayoral contest must be held on 23 June.
I'm off to Cheltenham on Thursday to watch our horse DOITFORTHEVILLAGE run in The Brown Advisory plate. He's currently 20-1 and we are very confident of a place and with a bit of luck who knows.
Couple of write ups about him.
A winner here over 2m previously and stayed on last year in the Grand Annual for 6th place off 1lb lower. Been staying on now stepped up an extra few furlongs none more so than when flying home for 3rd last time out at Warwick which suits horses ridden prominently. Previously beaten by Cyrname in a handicap, which doesn't look bad now considering that horse did the same to a Grade 1 field over the same C&D. Ground, Track and Trip all in this one's favour, and still nicely weighted, with potentially more to come off this mark over this new distance.
Was a truly unlucky horse here at the festival last year. Hampered by fallers no less than three times in the Grand Annual over 2m. Then with two to jump was around 12th eventually finishing sixth up the hill. Has won round here before, will enjoy the ground, and has shown he is maybe better suited by todays trip of 2m4f. A hold up horse that will come late under the guidance of Paddy Brennan, who he gets on so well with. A little bit of luck this time and he has a race like this in him.