Vital Football

Latest QPR News

Premier League Preview - Southampton

Premier League Preview - Southampton

NICKNAME: Saints

MANAGER: Nigel Adkins

STADIUM: St Mary`s Stadium (32690)

LAST SEASON: 2ND (CHAMPIONSHIP)

Southampton were another run-away train in the Championship last-season, deserving their promotion at the first opportunity. In fact it was successive promotions for the Saints who were able to call on their new-found wealth to force them over the line and back into the top tier.

The signing of Billy Sharp in particular was inspired as Southampton as they vied with the division`s elite for supremacy, eventually coming out on top in the battle for promotion - both they and Reading were the victors as Nigel Adkins enhanced his ever-growing reputation as a manager with the will to succeed.

IN: Jay Rodriguez (Burnley, £6m), Paulo Gazzaniga (Gillingham, undisclosed), Steven Davis (Rangers, free), Nathaniel Clyne (Crystal Palace, free).

OUT: Dan Harding (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed), Bartosz Bialkowski (Notts County, free), Lee Holmes (Preston North End, free), Ryan Doble (Shrewsbury, free), David Connolly (released), Radhi Jaidi (retired), Aaron Martin (Crystal Palace, loan), Tommy Forecast (Gillingham, loan)

PREVIEW:

This will undoubtedly be a very tough season for Southampton and the bare statistics would suggest that the struggle will be on despite their expensive summer inclusions. Jay Rodriguez has been signed for £7m - certainly a surprise deal considering his lack of top flight experience, combined with only a solitary England Under 21 cap.

They are deals that are either genius or fool-hardy - either way they would be well equipped for a battle back once more should the worst happen and they plummet through the trap door. Nigel Adkins took Scunthorpe into the Championship and kept them there briefly, and this situation seems to mirror the improbability and the battle that will await the Saints coming into this Premier League season.

KEY PLAYER: Jay Rodriguez

The former Burnley man is without question the biggest gamble of the summer. Nigel Adkins has delved into the market and paid a king's ransom to snare a player with only one Under 21 international appearance. If it comes off it will be worth its weight in gold, if it fails then Southampton could be staring down a dangerous barrel indeed.

PREDICTION: 18TH

Southampton have now also shed their load that took them from League One to the Championship the season before last, and have - as mentioned - introduced some big money gambles to the set-up at St Mary`s. While the exuberance of youth will undoubtedly yield positive results in isolation - it is questionable whether such inspirational players from last season - Guly, Lambert et al - will be able to withstand the pressures of the Premier League.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Boxer
Date:Thursday August 16 2012
Time: 9:44PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Queens Park Rangers Articles

What A Mann - Ryan Nets First QPR Goal

QUEENS Park Rangers and Fulham had to settle for a share of the spoils on a bitterly cold afternoon at Loftus Road.

It was a genuine clash of styles with Rangers a combative, counter-attacking

Team News - QPR v Fulham

Rangers unchanged for the first time this season.

One to Watch - Chris Martin

Ryan Forrester takes a look at today's One to Watch - Chris Martin

The Men in Black - QPR v Fulham

This weekend's official in profile - the card-happy Keith Stroud

Archived Vital QPR Articles

Vital QPR articles from

Site Journalists

Boxer
Editor email
Profile
sandydl
no email
Profile
Superhoop50
no email
Profile
danielqpr
no email
Profile
JackSupple
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

MotM v Fulham
Suggested By:
Smithies18%
Onuoha0%
Hall0%
Lynch0%
Furlong0%
Wszolek0%
Luongo16%
Manning41%
Bidwell0%
Mackie25%
Sylla0%
Washington0%
LuaLua0%
Perch0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 27 19 1 7 58 33
2 Brighton 26 17 6 3 57 24
3 Huddersfield 27 15 4 8 49 2
4 Leeds Utd 27 15 3 9 48 10
5 Reading 26 14 4 8 46 2
6 Sheff Wed 27 13 6 8 45 5
7 Derby County 27 12 7 8 43 6
8 Barnsley 27 12 5 10 41 5
9 Fulham 26 10 10 6 40 13
10 Norwich 27 12 4 11 40 5
11 Preston 27 11 7 9 40 3
12 Birmingham 27 9 10 8 37 -5
13 Aston Villa 27 8 12 7 36 1
14 Ipswich 27 9 7 11 34 -5
15 Brentford 27 9 6 12 33 -1
16 Cardiff 26 9 6 11 33 -9
17 Q.P.R. 27 9 6 12 33 -11
18 Wolves 27 8 8 11 32 -3
19 Forest 27 8 6 13 30 -7
20 Bristol City 27 8 3 16 27 -4
21 Wigan 27 6 7 14 25 -8
22 Burton 27 6 7 14 25 -11
23 Blackburn 27 6 7 14 25 -12
24 Rotherham 27 4 4 19 16 -33
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Queens Park Rangers Results (view all)

Queens Park Rangers Fixtures (view all)

Jan 28 2017 3:00PM : Burton Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 1 2017 7:45PM : Newcastle United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 4 2017 3:00PM : Blackburn Rovers (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 11 2017 3:00PM : Huddersfield Town (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 18 2017 3:00PM : Birmingham City (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Feb 21 2017 7:45PM : Wigan Athletic (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.The Uncredibale Hulk65
2.QPR4Me9
3.ImSitiv1
4.Boxer1
Vital Football Comment