Vital Football

Latest Southampton FC News

Who Will Be League One's Top South Coast Side?

Who Will Be League One's Top South Coast Side?

To do this fairly we have to do it alphabetically. That means our friends along the coast headin westward are first to be disected.

Bournemouth have been shouting out loud and clear that they are going to be the team to end up on top. Even their chairman Eddie Mitchell has been quoted as saying that the Cherries can end up top south coast club.

Bournemouth had a bloody good season last time round but this season will be a damned sight harder. They have picked some new players but none stand out as will be stars so we will have to wait and see.

Brighton like us started slowly last season but like us slowly fought their way out of trouble, ending the season not a long way behind us.

They have also picked up a few players and have a manager that can do them good. They will certainly fancy their chances of doing better this time round. They will definitely be looking for wins against the Cherries.

Exeter struggled last year after winning promotion from League Two. They have a yound manager who tries to get his team playing football as the fan likes it to be played.

The team has been strengthened but they will see Bournemouth as a game that they can win. The experience from last year should help but I can still see them as one of the clubs that will be fighting against the drop.

Plymouth were relegated last season and one would expect them to be a force in this league with new players and a new manager.

Peter Reid has gone on record as saying that it is his job to get the club back to the CCC. Whether he can do that this season is another story but he will bring in players that he feels will help the cause. They will fancy their chances against the Cherries.

Finally there is the Saints. We narrowly failed to make it to the play-offs. With the start that we had we more or less gave all teams a twenty point start.

The team was threadbare when AP took over and it took a few games to get us started. The fact that we came so close has to be a big plus for the season we had.

This season we have hopefully filled our weakest position by signing two accomplished right backs. We may have found another central midfielder and have signed a good left back who shapes as though he can do a good job in left midfield as well.

Alan Pardew says he is still in the market for a couple more to add to the strength of our team/squad and I believe we will be tight at or near the top of the League this season.

So for any of us to end up top dog down here won't be easy as all will be keyed up for the fight. Only time will tell, but if pushed I would say that at the end of the season, the five clubs will finsh with Saints best, Plymouth next, then Brighton, then Bournemouth and finally Exeter.

Not forgetting that this is my own personal feeling, and is only for the five clubs and not for the final League One positions.



Join Vital Saints

It's easy to register , simply click the link and enjoy getting involved (you can even win prizes!)

Message Board To visit the message board, click here. Get involved

This website is your website and we are looking for people to help run the site. Do you go to most of the games and have an opinion? Why not write a match report? Perhaps you are a budding journalist or even just someone who is very opinionated? Well why not join our team? If this interests you please contact Vital Saints.


Join Vital Saints



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

Writer:SFC Forever
Date:Wednesday July 28 2010
Time: 7:14PM

Comments

0
Saints then Brighton, Plymouth, Bournemouth and Exeter for me. I think the Bournemouth chairman is doing a blinding job of winding up the rest of the south coast.
VSrednwhite
28/07/2010 21:47:00
0
Bournemouth 0-1 Portsmouth tonight. Where does that leave the chairman now I wonder. Eating egg perhaps is my guess.
VSrednwhite
28/07/2010 22:25:00
0
Bournemouth will be a hard low scoring game I expect. Brighton as well though we do owe them one for last year. We only need to improve a little from last year to have a realistic chance of beating last years showing.
stellarnw
28/07/2010 22:46:00
0
I don't think that this Mitchell fellow will be shouting so loud after the first month of the season has passed us by.
sfc4ghg
29/07/2010 07:24:00
0
Being a saints fan there will only ever be one answer to that question. Who comes second to us though is hard to say. I reckoon xeter will struggle this again season.
stellarnw
29/07/2010 08:18:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Southampton Articles

Stats: Southampton v West Ham

All the stats from Southampton (1) vs (0) West Ham, St Mary's Stadium, 6/2/16 Att: 29,161

Van Dijk - I'm Settling Well

Now with six months behind him following his move to the Premier League from Celtic, centre half Virgil van Dijk has said he feels like he's settled in well at the club.

The Southampton Injury Table Updated

Our weekly update looking at the injury table and also comparing with all our competitors in the Premier League.

Duo Up For January Awards

Manager Ronald Koeman and defender Virgil van Dijk have both been nominated for the Manager and Player of the Month awards for January.

Archived Vital Saints Articles

Vital Saints articles from

Site Journalists

SFC Forever
Profile
Vital Saint
Profile
Matt Gardner
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

West Ham MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Forster100%
van Dijk0%
Fonte0%
Yoshida0%
Soares0%
Clasie0%
Wanyama0%
Bertrand0%
Mane0%
Pelle0%
Long0%
Sub - Romeu0%
Sub - Austin0%
Sub - Ward-Prowse0%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Leicester City 25 15 8 2 53 20
2 Spurs 25 13 9 3 48 26
3 Man City 25 14 5 6 47 21
4 Arsenal 24 13 6 5 45 15
5 Man Utd 24 11 7 6 40 10
6 West Ham 25 10 9 6 39 9
7 Southampton 25 10 7 8 37 9
8 Everton 25 8 11 6 35 12
9 Liverpool 25 9 8 8 35 -4
10 Watford 25 9 6 10 33 0
11 Stoke 25 9 6 10 33 -7
12 Crystal Palace 25 9 5 11 32 -4
13 Chelsea 24 7 8 9 29 -2
14 WBA 25 7 8 10 29 -9
15 AFC Bournemouth 24 7 7 10 28 -10
16 Swansea 25 6 9 10 27 -9
17 Newcastle 25 6 6 13 24 -18
18 Norwich 25 6 5 14 23 -20
19 Sunderland 25 5 5 15 20 -19
20 Aston Villa 25 3 7 15 16 -20
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Southampton Fixtures (view all)

Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Swansea City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Chelsea (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : AFC Bournemouth (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Sunderland (H)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : Stoke City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Mar 19 2016 3:00PM : Liverpool (H)
Barclays Premier League

Recent Southampton Results (view all)