Will Mauricio Pellegrino succeed with Southampton? Read our 2017/18 season preview with expert views from Soccer Saturday pundit Matt Le Tissier.
Finishing position: Eighth (-2)
Total points: 46 (-17)
Key stat: Southampton were on course for a return similar to 2015/16 but faded badly after their 3-2 EFL Cup final defeat to Manchester United and took just six points from their final eight Premier League games, winning only once. The run ultimately cost Claude Puel his job and only Leicester had a worse points swing among the sides who also played in the previous Premier League campaign.
Major ins: Jan Bednarek (Lech Poznan, undisclosed).
Major outs: Jay Rodriguez (West Brom, £15m), Harrison Reed (Norwich, loan), Cuco Martina (Everton, free).
MATT LE TISSIER’S VIEW
Will Pellegrino be another smart appointment for Saints?
LE TISS: From the people that I’ve spoken to at the club, he’s made himself pretty popular with the staff and the players. I haven’t been to see them play yet so I’m looking forward to seeing what system he plays, but I’d imagine he’ll be more popular than Claude Puel.
Which of their players are you most excited about watching?
LE TISS: I’d go with Manolo Gabbiadini in his first full season. His season was a bit interrupted with injury and it will be interesting to see him with a pre-season under his belt and linking up with Charlie Austin. They played together in France. I hink he’ll try to get both in the team somehow.
What are the challenges facing the manager this season?
LE TISS: Well the main one will be getting the space in-between Virgil van Dijk’s ears right if he stays. We’ve signed another centre-back in Jan Bednarek and Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens did well but it would be good to get Van Dijk right for another season and say he can leave in 12 months. The club seem to digging their heels in. It would not be a surprise if he went to Barcelona or Real Madrid but I don’t see how he can go to Liverpool after what happened.
What are their strengths?
LE TISS: I think our strengths will probably lie in the way we keep possession of the ball, but we have to use that better in terms of penetration. We’re a good technical team but I’d like to think the new manager will be more adventurous.
What are their weaknesses?
LE TISS: If Van Dijk doesn’t stay or is still training on his own then that leaves us a little bit stretched at the back and we need Fraser Forster to have a better season. Last season wasn’t his best and he needs to get back to the form of a couple of seasons ago.
Where will Southampton finish and why?
LE TISS: It’s obviously incredibly difficult to break into the top six and Everton have invested heavily so I think eighth is realistically where Southampton would be aiming for and should get.Euro Soccer Bonus
Our fantastic Euro Soccer accumulator offer gives you the chance to earn a bonus of up to 100% on accumulators on the top domestic leagues in Europe along with the group and knockout stages of the Champions League.
This offer applies to returns on pre-match accumulators of 3 or more selections on Full Time Result or Result/Both Teams To Score markets for the English Premier League, Italian Serie A, Spanish Primera Liga, German Bundesliga 1 or UEFA Champions League.
The maximum bonus that you can receive is €100,000 or currency equivalent. The bonus will not apply where a stake has been fully Cashed Out. Where a stake has been partially Cashed Out, the bonus will be calculated based .on the remaining active stake. If a qualifying bet is edited .using our Edit Bet feature. The bonus will be calculated based on the new stake. Where a bet has been edited to include or amend a selection for an event that is In-Play, the bonus will no longer apply. Double Chance bets or combination bets with bonuses. Such as Lucky 15’s or Lucky .31’s do not apply for this offer.
If your bet is successful, we will add the following bonuses to your returns:
Bet Type Bonus
14-folds and upwards 100% bonus
Terms and Conditions
Applies to straight pre-match accumulator bets on the Full Time Result or Result/Both Teams To Score markets for UEFA Champions League, English Premier League, Italian Serie A, Spanish Primera Liga, German Bundesliga .1 or Australian A-League matches. Maximum bonus €100,000 or currency equivalent. Euro Soccer Bonus does not apply to Double Chance bets or combination. bets with bonuses such as Lucky 15’s, Lucky 31’s etc.
If any selections are postponed/void then the bonus will still apply, but the percentage bonus added will reflect the actual number of winning selections. For example, an 8-fold accumulator with 7. winners and 1 postponed match will receive a 30% .bonus to returns.
The bonus part of your returns will be added to your account within 24 hours of your final selection having played.
This bonus will not apply where a stake has been fully Cashed Out. Where a stake has been partially Cashed Out, the bonus will be calculated based on the remaining active stake.
If a qualifying bet is edited using our Edit Bet feature, the bonus will be calculated based on the new stake. Where a bet has been edited to include or amend a selection for an event that is In-Play, the bonus will no longer apply.
Where any term of the offer or promotion is breached or there is any evidence of a series of bets placed by a customer or group of customers, which due to a deposit bonus, enhanced payments, free bets, risk free bets or any other promotional offer results in guaranteed customer profits irrespective of the outcome, whether individually or as part of a group, bet365 reserves the right to reclaim the bonus element of such offers and in their absolute discretion either settle bets at the correct odds, void the free and risk free. bets or void any bet funded by the deposit bonus.
In addition bet365 .reserve the right to levy an administration charge on the customer up to the value of the deposit bonus, free bet, risk free bet or additional payment to cover administrative costs. We further reserve the right to ask any customer to provide sufficient documentation for us to be satisfied in our absolute discretion as to the customer’s identity prior to us crediting any bonus, free bet, risk free bet or offer to their account.
All bet365 offers are intended for recreational players and bet365 may in its sole discretion limit the eligibility of customers to participate in all or part of any promotion.
bet365 reserves the right to amend, cancel, reclaim or refuse any promotion at its own discretion.