The current 1.5 points per game average would, if maintained over a 38 game stretch, see Wolves finish on 57 points.
That would have placed us 7th last season, 6 points below Arsenal.
It’s impossible to know if this pace can realistically be sustained, but it’s certainly not beyond the realms of possibility based on what we’ve seen so far.
We’re not playing any of the big six until November now so there’s an opportunity to really make some headway over the next four games.
Mark Hughes gets a bit of a raw deal in my opinion. Managers tend to be judged by their failures and not their successes but I think he’s had more of the latter.
OK, QPR won’t remember him fondly but I think that’s been his only definitive miss.
I remember being really impressed by the Fulham side he put together in his brief spell in charge at Craven Cottage. Blackburn were similarly strong in his four years there and he was the first Wales manager for years to extract anything close to a decent performance from his national side.
Despite how things ended at Stoke, he took on the unenviable job of trying to improve their style and was successful up until Arnautovic left and things went south.
He’s not really pulling up any trees at Southampton, but the bottom line is he kept them up last season and with a proven track record of building solid Premier League teams I wouldn’t back against him steadying the ship at St. Mary’s.
It’s been an indifferent start for the Saints this term, but a good 2-0 win at Crystal Palace shows they can get the job done. The 3-0 tonking at Anfield last weekend probably isn’t the barometer to judge them fairly.
Danny Ings is the main man these days, but both Charlie Austin and Shane Long have been thorns in our side previously. Nathan Redmond is the other obvious source of pain.
The away end
I lifted the following comments from the match thread on Saints Web.
We’ll score against them, the question is whether we’ll be able to keep them out at the other end. A draw I reckon.
Wolves are pretty much everything we’re not. We will concede at least 2, and are very unlikely to score 2 ourselves. I’m no Einstein but that combination leads me to believe we’ll lose.
A draw is the very best I can see, we are polar opposite teams. Their confidence is sky high whilst we are bereft of any confidence or leadership whatsoever. Wanted to go to this but tickets sold out, at least there will be a good following, time for the away fans to do their stuff again.
Going to this one, last went to Wolves when we won 6-0 despite them dominating the game. Weirdest game of football I’ve ever witnessed. Anyway onto this game, I can’t see us picking up points here, we are awful. 2-0 Wolves, we’ll hand them at least one of the goals with our awful defenders.
Should be a straightforward win. Ings to score a couple.
This is a much more important game than Liverpool as it is a game in which we have probably targeted to pick up points. Players should know how important it is. Lose this one and we are in big trouble.
Nailed on zero points at Wolves. We are not as bad as many think, but we sure as hell aren’t as good as Wolves. Figure it will be a sort of 1-0 or 2-0 maybe 2-1 game. As I have said many times, we will plod along as we are now on about a point a game under Hughes. He is the past and we need to look for an upcoming manager with new ideas. I throw into the ring Mr. Darren Moore at West Brom.
I can only envisage the same starting lineup we’ve seen in every game so far, assuming no injuries to our best and brightest.
It’s probably more interesting to think about who might make the bench at present with Dendoncker and Cavaleiro set to make things even more competitive as they get properly up to speed.
Traore is still at the front of the queue for a start, but I just can’t see Nuno sacrificing Costa given his recent upturn in form.
Jota isn’t producing the goods in terms of goals and assists, but his performances are coming good so this might be his weekend.
There’s a new leader of the Prediction League table so a pat on the back for vicsmith with 11 points. Paddy is still flying along and now up to second with 10 points from just 4 predictions.
Well done to johnok, BARDWolf, Teddy Eley and Wokingham Welsh Wolf who are all tucked in with the chasing pack and are 9 from 6 just like the lads.
View the full table here. And of course join in by leaving a prediction in the comment section below, which is where you’ll find my forecast.
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