Southampton have had a rather mixed start to the 2019/20 campaign, but fans will be relatively pleased with where the team is at ahead of their return to Premier League action this weekend. 

Saints currently sit in 13th place on the table after two defeats, one draw and one victory. They’ve also got the small matter of a South Coast Derby to consider this month after progressing to the third round of the Carabao Cup…

The season started horrendously. Southampton travelled to Burnley, full of optimism, only to be trounced 3-0. A better showing at home to Liverpool followed, but a 2-1 defeat was all the hosts had to show for their efforts. 

Southampton got their first win of the season away at Brighton and Hove Albion, though, before beating Fulham in the second round of the Carabao Cup at Craven Cottage. 

Most recently, they drew 1-1 with Manchester United despite going down to 10 men for the final 20 minutes of the match. 

So, what can be taken from the start to the season? Who has impressed? What needs to be done differently?

Here are four positives and four negatives from the opening exchanges of the campaign.