Date: 15th June 2018 at 9:14am
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With the release of the Premier League fixtures lists for all 20 member clubs at 9am on Thursday morning, manager Mark Hughes and Southampton discovered the layout of the challenges that lie ahead of us in 2018/19.

Southampton Face Burnley On The Opening Day Of The 2018/19 Premier League Campaign

With deep-seated relegation worries in 2017/18 and a narrow, but successful, push for safety at the end of the campaign as the Welshman came in and turned us around, everyone is hoping for a far less stressful season ahead.

We open the season at home to Burnley and then face Everton and Southampton before September cycles around, but short of the trip to Anfield to face Liverpool, the fixture run we’ve been granted at the beginning of the season has to be looked at as an opportunity.

This is exactly the way it’s been received amongst the fanbase and hopes are high that we can blow off the cobwebs and any lingering insecurity and get some good confidence going, better performances and a good tally of points before he perceived more difficult matches of the campaign creep up on us.

The response is actually genius!

A bright start could mean everything to us having a wildly different season to the last.

Oh, before I get to the fan reactions a certain Mr Jan Kluitenberg deserves a special mention.

Classy I thought!

Fair to say after a presumed easier start, December is definitely on the tricky side.

In answer to the following question, yes it’s international break time again as if we won’t all be bored of international football in a couple of weeks anyway.

 

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