Season So Far
Southampton have reached the nosebleed-inducing heights of seventh in the top flight after losing just one of their five league matches so far, banking a point more than champions Man Utd at this stage of proceedings.
Keeping the defence tight has been key to the Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s success, with a single strike surrendered at St Mary’s in this campaign, but away wins to nil at West Brom and Liverpool have the travelling army of Saints dreaming of a top ten finish at ever-shortening odds of 9/10 come May.
Despite their promising start Southampton haven’t yet managed to take maximum points from a home league tie this term, but the visit of relegation favourites Crystal Palace next time out should see that failing put right.
The Premier League’s joint-second meanest backline can ensure a third clean sheet of the season against Ian Holloway’s Eagles in a Saints win to nil, which is priced up at 6/5.
Besides the 5-1 win at Barnsley in the Capital One Cup none of the games involving Southampton in 2013/14 have produced over two goals.
Palace’s matches have also been relatively devoid of big scores, with three of the Eagles five league games seeing a pair of strikes or less hit the back of the net so the 83/100 that there will be under 2.5 goals when the sides clash at St Mary’s can be backed with some confidence.
Centre-half Dejan Lovren’s headed winner against Liverpool means defenders have so far scored two-thirds of the Saints’ league goals this season.
With £13m forward Dani Osvaldo joining England international Rickie Lambert in the attacking ranks over the summer Pochettino’s strikers are bound to find their scoring boots eventually.
However, defender Jose Fonte is the most prolific goal-getter in the Southampton back-line – with ten league goals in his half-decade on the south coast – and is worth a punt at 7/1 to score at any time in the match having already got off the mark at home to Sunderland this term.
Other Notable Trends
Southampton’s unbeaten home run so far means they have lost just once in the last eight games in all competitions at St Mary’s. Midfielders Steve Davis and Gaston Ramirez have yet to make a league start between them in this campaign, but two goals each in the Capital One Cup means they are Southampton’s joint-top scorers in 2013/14