Southampton’s struggle last season can now be put firmly in the rearview mirror.
With struggles under Mauricio Pellegrino, the late appointment of former Stoke City gaffer Mark Hughes paid its own dividends for the club as he edged us to narrow safety in the Premier League to sidestep the natural fallout that relegation would’ve meant for us.
A new season always begins to feel ‘with you’ when you get to fixture release day and that took place at roughly 9am this morning.
So without ado – here they are.
Saturday 11th August – Southampton 15:00 Burnley
Saturday 18th August – Everton 15:00 Southampton
Saturday 25th August – Southampton 15:00 Leicester City
Saturday 1st September – Crystal Palace 15:00 Southampton
Saturday 15th September – Southampton 15:00 Brighton & Hove Albion
Saturday 22nd September – Liverpool 15:00 Southampton
Saturday 29th September – Wolverhampton Wanderers 15:00 Southampton
Saturday 6th October – Southampton 15:00 Chelsea
Saturday 20th October – AFC Bournemouth 15:00 Southampton
Saturday 27th October – Southampton 15:00 Newcastle United
Saturday 3rd November – Manchester City 15:00 Southampton
Saturday 10th November – Southampton 15:00 Watford
Saturday 24th November – Fulham 15:00 Southampton
Saturday 1st December – Southampton 15:00 Manchester United
Wednesday 5th December – Tottenham Hotspur 20:00 Southampton
Saturday 8th December – Cardiff City 15:00 Southampton
Saturday 15th December – Southampton 15:00 Arsenal
Saturday 22nd December – Huddersfield Town 15:00 Southampton
Wednesday 26th December – Southampton 15:00 West Ham United
Saturday 29th December – Southampton 15:00 Manchester City
Tuesday 1st January – Chelsea 15:00 Southampton
Saturday 12th January – Leicester City 15:00 Southampton
Saturday 19th January – Southampton 15:00 Everton
Wednesday 30th January – Southampton 19:45 Crystal Palace
Saturday 2nd February – Burnley 15:00 Southampton
Saturday 9th February – Southampton 15:00 Cardiff City
Saturday 23rd February – Arsenal 15:00 Southampton
Wednesday 27th February – Southampton 19:45 Fulham
Saturday 2nd March – Manchester United 15:00 Southampton
Saturday 9th March – Southampton 15:00 Tottenham Hotspur
Saturday 16th March – Watford 15:00 Southampton
Saturday 30th March – Brighton & Hove Albion 15:00 Southampton
Saturday 6th April – Southampton 15:00 Liverpool
Saturday 13th April – Southampton 15:00 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Saturday 20th April – Newcastle United 15:00 Southampton
Saturday 27th April – Southampton 15:00 AFC Bournemouth
Saturday 4th May – West Ham United 15:00 Southampton
Sunday 12th May – Southampton 15:00 Huddersfield Town
Hughes will be hoping to get off to a strong start this year to further help eradicate any hangover and lack of confidence from last season and that means we look to take all three points from an opening day’s clash with Burnley at St Mary’s Stadium.
There’s a south coast feel to some games again this year, and Hughes comes up against Stoke City looking to take bragging rights of his own following his sack last season and six points from those two would certainly boost his spirits.
Home advantage on Boxing Day is crossed with an away trip on New Year’s Day but now we see which games, and importantly, how many, are moved and rejigged by the television companies for live broadcasts across the year.