In a weekend when five of last season’s top six managed to drop points, Southampton strolled to a 4-1 victory over Hull City to move into third place in the Premier League.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are now 4/1 to finish in the top six, but based on current form a Champions League place is not outside their reach and their 14/1 odds to end up in the league’s leading quartet are likely to drop.
Southampton have won four and lost just two of their past ten matches against last year’s top seven.
At the start of last season the Saints turned in impressive performances even as they lost to Manchester United and Manchester City, and in the second half of the year they converted those displays into points, beating the Citizens, Liverpool and Chelsea to help avoid the drop.
This time around they have already taken four points from trips to Old Trafford and Anfield, meaning that upcoming visits to Arsenal and Chelsea will hold little fear for them.
Should they continue their impressive run against the league’s big-boys in London, their odds of a top-four place will come crashing down, making now the ideal time to climb aboard the Saints bandwagon.
The south-coast club’s owners are the fifth richest in England and they could continue their expansive recent transfer business in the January window.
There was no shortage of ambition at St Mary’s over the summer, as they broke their transfer record twice in big money swoops for Victor Wanyama, Dani Osvaldo and Dejan Lovren.
Should they maintain their lofty-league placing until after the Christmas carols have faded, the owners will have every reason to splash the cash again, with Ever Banega one possible target.
In the past five seasons, only two sides have had as many points as Southampton at this stage and gone on to miss out on the fop four.
With teams throwing away points left, right and centre, having collected 22 from their first 11 games will stand the Saints in superb stead come the end of the campaign.
Only in 2011-12, when several teams rocketed out of the traps and Chelsea and Newcastle ending up slipping into fifth and sixth, did any team with as handsome a tally as the Saints’ after 11 games miss out on the top four.