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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.

Predictions for Premier League

Home team - Away team Forebet
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Crystal Palace
Stoke City

25/11/2017 15:00
X
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Tottenham
West Bromwich

25/11/2017 15:00
1
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Swansea City
Bournemouth

25/11/2017 15:00
2
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Newcastle Utd
Watford FC

25/11/2017 15:00
2

England Premier League - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Manchester City 34 12 11 1 0 40 7 33
2. Manchester United 26 12 8 2 2 27 6 21
3. Chelsea FC 25 12 8 1 3 23 10 13
4. Tottenham 23 12 7 2 3 20 9 11
5. Liverpool FC 22 12 6 4 2 24 17 7
6. Arsenal 22 12 7 1 4 22 16 6
7. Burnley FC 22 12 6 4 2 12 9 3
8. Watford FC 18 12 5 3 4 19 21 -2
9. Brighton 16 12 4 4 4 13 13 0
10. Huddersfield 15 12 4 3 5 8 17 -9
11. Leicester City 14 13 3 5 5 17 19 -2
12. Newcastle Utd 14 12 4 2 6 11 14 -3
13. Bournemouth 13 12 4 1 7 11 14 -3
14. Southampton 13 12 3 4 5 9 14 -5
15. Stoke City 13 12 3 4 5 15 24 -9
16. Everton FC 12 12 3 3 6 12 24 -12
17. West Bromwich 10 12 2 4 6 9 18 -9
18. West Ham 10 13 2 4 7 12 26 -14
19. Swansea City 8 12 2 2 8 7 15 -8
20. Crystal Palace 5 12 1 2 9 6 24 -18

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