To date, 11 Premier League clubs have already had an opportunity to strut their stuff on a Sunday this season.
Five more will get their chance in gameweek five of Premier League action, including Southampton as they prepare to host Swansea.
The St Mary’s fixture starts a run of three consecutive Sunday outings for Claude Puel’s men, with a trip to West Ham upcoming on September 25th’s Super Sunday before a visit to champions Leicester on October 2nd.
This run of games is significant because of the way Southampton emphatically ended the last campaign, when allocated a run of Sunday showdowns.
It began on May 1st when Sadio Mane helped himself to a hat-trick in a 4-2 home victory over Manchester City.
The following weekend brought a London trip to White Hart Lane to face another Champions League qualification challenger in Tottenham. A Steven Davis double ensured the Saints secured a 2-1 triumph.
Then on the final day of the campaign Southampton romped to a 4-1 St Mary’s success over Crystal Palace, with Mane and Davis again among the players on target.
Considering the Saints currently find themselves in the Premier League’s relegation places having failed to win any of their opening four top-flight fixtures this term, predicting another burst of three Sunday victories looks a little optimistic. It is 15/1 that they do beat Swansea, West Ham and Leicester.
However, having done the double over Swansea last term and with only Stoke giving up more chances inside their penalty area so far this term than the Welsh club through the opening four rounds of games, there is a strong possibility that Southampton will begin their sequence with maximum points.
Southampton’s odds to beat Swansea are 4/6, with a repeat of last season’s 3-1 victory on the south coast priced at 12/1.
But to do so, Puel will need to inject some additional goal threat into his team, with only two Premier League clubs netting fewer than their three goals so far.