With the new season fast approaching, Southampton fans have the first bit of breaking news and that comes in the form of the 2019/20 Premier League fixtures being released.
Here are some of the key dates the Saints fans may want to turn their attention too, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The opening day of the season sees Southampton pitted away at Burnley on 10 August in which Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men will look to record their first points of the season at Turf Moor.
This will split opinions among Southampton fans as Turf Moor has proven to be a tough place to go over the years and Burnley rely on their home form to pick up the majority of their points. An away game probably wasn’t what the Saints wanted but with a positive mood around the club, fans can’t be too disheartened.
Over the Christmas period, Southampton travel to Chelsea on Boxing Day, a tough but exciting fixture for the fans who love to travel after a day around the fire.
Boxing Day has thrown up a few shock results in the past, so being away to a Champions League contender is perhaps not the worst case scenario, hopefully, there is an extra special present for the Saints fans should they manage to get a point or three that day.
New Year’s Day sees Southampton pitted at home to Tottenham, this will hopefully be the start of good things to come for the south coast club, who have started to look like a different team under their new manager and will hope to add points to the board against a top-six club for the second time over the Christmas period.
The last two games of the 19/20 season could play out quite well for Southampton as the fixtures have been fairly kind. They come up against Bournemouth, who have proven inconsistent at best, the game will be played at the Vitality stadium which means not too much travelling for Ralph’s men.
This is followed by Sheffield United who Southampton will play at home on the final day of the season. The newly-promoted side have built a philosophy on improving players instead of spending and on paper, this looks an ideal tie. Southampton fans will hope they are already safe by this point but if not then they may be thankful this ‘nice’ fixture.