You only have to look at the Saints’ position in the table to get an understanding of how their season has played out so far. Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side are currently in the relegation zone, just one point above Norwich City who sit at the bottom of the table, meaning their hopes of remaining in the Premier League are becoming slimmer by the second.


Their start to the campaign has witnessed one of the most humiliating games in football history – and Hasenhuttl is struggling to find the solution to end their horrific run of form.


However, equally disappointing starts from the likes of Watford means there is not much separating the teams at the bottom of the table – and Southampton do have a few positives to take away from the season. After all, every cloud has a silver lining, right?


Negative: The 9-0 Thrashing Against Leicester

Youri Tielemans,James Maddison,Wilfred Ndidi

Of course, Southampton’s home record defeat against the Foxes has to be one of the biggest concerns of the 2019/20 campaign.


Leicester's nine goals on that night down at St. Mary's meant they recorded the biggest ever away win in Premier League history.


Captain Pierre-Emile Højbjerg took credit for the loss, but there were disappointing performances from the entire team as they allowed the early dismissal of Ryan Bertrand to affect the game. The result is definitely one they will be hoping, but probably unable to forget anytime soon.


Positive: Away Form

Sofiane Boufal,Heung-Min Son

Although the Saints have put on some horrific displays at home, they have performed better on the road, with wins against Brighton and Sheffield United as well as an impressive 1-1 draw against Wolves.


During their trips to the Etihad and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Southampton only missed out on a point from mere 2-1 defeats against both Manchester City and Spurs (though Hassenhuttl was furious about the outcome of the latter).


Their next league fixture is away at the Emirates, and with Arsenal not exactly in their best spell of form either, it might be a chance for Southampton to pick up some much-needed points.


Negative: Injury Concerns

Moussa Djenepo

However, one of the main reasons why Southampton may be struggling this season is their high number of injuries in the squad. Since the start of the campaign, only James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu and Jan Bednarek have featured in every game, forcing Hassenhuttl's hand and rarely, if at all, being able to field his strongest team.


Key man ​Danny Ings has struggled for fitness this season, whilst new signing Moussa Djenepo has picked up an injury after making an impressive start for the Saints.


Positive: Upcoming Fixtures

Danny Ings

Apart from their game against ​Arsenal on Sunday (though you never know with Unai Emery), Southampton have a promising list of fixtures to look forward to including matches against Watford, Norwich City and Aston Villa as they take on their fellow teams at the bottom of the table.


It’s no secret that despite everything, the Saints have had a pretty tricky run with games against ​Manchester City, Chelsea and an in-form Leicester City. Did we mention that already?


Taking that into account, Saints fans will be relieved that they can now hopefully break their winless streak as they hold on to their hopes of avoiding relegation.


Negative: Defensive Issues

Angus Gunn

Although Southampton have expressed their issues across the team, their main concern remains in defence. Since the departure of Virgil van Dijk back in 2018, the club have failed to effectively replace the Dutchman and it shows as his team have conceded 29 goals this season already.


Southampton’s biggest weakness lies in central defence, but they also lack strength in depth (or strength at all) across the whole back-line. This means that the January transfer window could be the team’s chance to spend big and fix their defensive struggles once and for all, despite their reluctance to do so.