As we look ahead to this weekend’s trip to St Mary’s, I’ve taken a look at our opposition and have been made aware of quite a glaring stat about Southampton’s home form – something which has to give everyone at NUFC real confidence ahead of our upcoming game.
Quite incredibly, Southampton have only scored in ONE of their last NINE Premier League matches at St Mary’s, with goals in their 3-2 win over West Ham being the only time they’ve scored at home in this season!
It gets worse too. If you add in August’s Carabo Cup defeat to Wolves, they have failed to score in nine of their last 10 at home in all competitions.
Here’s Southampton’s results in their last 10 home games from April (2016/17 season), to last month’s defeat to Manchester United this season:
Southampton 0-3 Man City (15th April)
Southampton 0-0 Hull (29th April)
Southampton 0-2 Arsenal (10th May)
Southampton 0-0 Man Utd (17th May)
Southampton 0-1 Stoke (21st May)
Southampton 0-0 Swansea (12th August)
Southampton 3-2 West Ham (19th August)
Southampton 0-2 Wolves (23rd August)
Southampton 0-2 Watford (9th September)
Southampton 0-1 Man Utd (23rd September)
It’s now easy to see why so many Southampton fans are frustrated with the start they’ve made under new boss Mauricio Pellegrino and we must aim to exploit this on Sunday.
No doubt many will feel they’re due a goal and that this article only curses a potential clean sheet, but it’s quite a remarkable stat and one that can’t be ignored. The crowd will be on edge with the team and manager under pressure to deliver. We must look to take advantage of that.
On the flip side, we haven’t been too handy scoring goals on the road this season – with one goal in three away outings – however you’d like to think we can come away with a result on Sunday if we can stay organised and take our chances at the other end.