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Southampton’s home form may lead to relegation battle
06 November 2017, 16:41
Southampton’s home form may lead to relegation battle
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Southampton have established themselves as a good solid Premier League club and team in the last few seasons. The Saints have lost a number of key players and even managers, yet they have remained in a steady position in the English top-flight.

However, there is now a growing trend of underperforming at St Marys that could well lead to trouble for Mauricio Pellegrino’s side this season.

Dating back to last season, Southampton have won just two of their last 12 home games in the Premier League. For any team that is a worrying record, but it is even worse for a team that struggles for goals. That has been one of the Saints main problems.

They have scored just six goals in that run of 12 games in the English top-flight. The fact that all six of those goals came in three games, means Southampton have failed to score in nine of their last 12 home games in the league. That is a frightening stat for any Saints fan.

Last season Southampton fans considered boss Claude Puel’s football defensive and that is born out in the stats. This summer the Frenchman left and Spaniard Mauricio Pellegrino came in as his replacement.

However, the Argentinian is also known as a relatively cautious boss when it comes to style of play. Questions were asked about his appointment on the south coast, but the clubs hierarchy have chosen their bosses well in recent times.

It seems Pellegrino has not yet found an answer to Southampton’s goalscoring problems on home soil. Ironically, although the Saints have not been prolific on their travels in the Premier League, they have scored in seven of their last eight away games.

A 1-0 home defeat by Burnley on Saturday leaves the Saints in 13th place in the Premier League. At the minute, they are five points clear of the relegation zone.

However, if they do not find a way to score goals and win games at St Mary's they may find themselves in a relegation battle this season.

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Leicester City
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West Bromwich
Huddersfield

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Liverpool FC
West Ham

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Burnley FC
Southampton

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England Premier League - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Manchester City 72 27 23 3 1 79 20 59
2. Manchester United 56 27 17 5 5 51 19 32
3. Liverpool FC 54 27 15 9 3 61 31 30
4. Chelsea FC 53 27 16 5 6 49 23 26
5. Tottenham 52 27 15 7 5 52 24 28
6. Arsenal 45 27 13 6 8 51 36 15
7. Burnley FC 36 27 9 9 9 21 24 -3
8. Leicester City 35 27 9 8 10 39 40 -1
9. Everton FC 34 27 9 7 11 32 46 -14
10. Bournemouth 31 27 8 7 12 31 41 -10
11. Watford FC 30 27 8 6 13 37 47 -10
12. West Ham 30 27 7 9 11 34 46 -12
13. Newcastle Utd 28 27 7 7 13 25 36 -11
14. Brighton 28 27 6 10 11 22 36 -14
15. Crystal Palace 27 27 6 9 12 25 42 -17
16. Swansea City 27 27 7 6 14 20 37 -17
17. Huddersfield 27 27 7 6 14 23 47 -24
18. Southampton 26 27 5 11 11 28 40 -12
19. Stoke City 25 27 6 7 14 27 53 -26
20. West Bromwich 20 27 3 11 13 21 40 -19

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