Crunch Time for Reading and Southampton

October 22, 2012 in Premier League

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Everyone always says that a newly-promoted team needs a good start to the Premier League season, otherwise they are pretty much consigned to relegation back to the Championship. Looking back through recent years, you see the likes of Hull, Norwich and Swansea, who all started well and managed to survive their first season in the top flight. Sadly, Reading and Southampton have not started well, and as I travelled back from Anfield yesterday, both myself and some Southampton fans were jeered by a few West Ham fans who condemned us to relegation. All we did was laugh, but the fear that they were right was plain to see.

Both Reading and Southampton haven’t exactly had easy starts to this campaign. The Royals have played a game less than everyone else but have already played Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham, West Brom, Newcastle, Swansea and Stoke. The Saints too have had it tough by playing Manchester City, United, Everton and Arsenal, although they have also played rivals Wigan, Aston Villa and West Ham. It is not easy to get a good start when you have these kind of games early on in the season but now it comes to the crunch point in both their seasons.

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Season Preview: Southampton

August 15, 2012 in Premier League

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How old you are will probably determine how you feel about Southampton in the Premier League this season. For myself, as a kid, Southampton were always a top flight team. They were the inoffensive, mid-table nobodies who would often be on at the end of Match of the Day (see Aston Villa today). I used to quite enjoy seeing The Dell on TV, Matt le Tissier doing something awesome and their inevitable home spanking of Manchester United every season. It is strange to think that Southampton have been out of the top flight since 2005, but after stagnation in the Championship then two seasons in League 1, where they faced the plight of administration, they are now back after achieving back-to-back promotions. They have a great manager, a great owner, a great stadium and a great support. There is practically a halo over the Saints right now!

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