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 By Chris Rann
1 day ago

Saints must make the most of Villa clash before crucial stretch

Ronald Koeman's high-flying Southampton next bring their goal-scoring roadshow to Villa Park.
Ronald Koeman's high-flying Southampton next bring their goal-scoring roadshow to Villa Park.

If there is one club who really didn't want an international break at the moment, it is Southampton, and so they will be raring to get back into the swing of the Premier League at Villa Park on Monday night.

Saints are flying, and a visit to Birmingham represents the last 'golden' opportunity for another three points before a tricky run of fixtures. Villa will be no pushovers of course, but with their ever declining form and a nasty growing injury list, Southampton boss Ronald Koeman and his team...

 By Chris Rann
Nov 14, 2014

Southampton: Providing a bright future for the England national team

Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw have broken into the England squad and secured big-money moves to Liverpool and Manchester United respectively last summer, having been schooled at Southampton.

What do the Football Association's head of coach and player development, the goalkeeping coach, Fraser Forster, Nathaniel Clyne, Calum Chambers, Luke Shaw, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana, Theo Walcott and Rickie Lambert have in common?

They are all currently involved with the England setup and all have one mutual club who have had an influence on their career: Southampton.

Gone are the days when Saints fans waited for an England squad to be announced, knowing the best on the south coast would...

Nov 11, 2014

Reality check: Saints' Champions League bid remains only a dream

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether or not Southampton can continue their great run of form when they play the big boys.

"I have absolutely no sympathy for Southampton. They have a choice as a club. They don't have to sell. They had that choice. Maybe Southampton's objectives have changed. They were on course to be a Champions League club, I believe, but obviously, that has changed," -- Brendan Rodgers, August 2014

Whoops. The Liverpool manager might not be the modern-day Nostradamus, but, in fairness, he wasn't alone in feeling that Southampton had lost their ambition and were on a downward spiral. It is safe to...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Nov 11, 2014

Player of the Season so far: Your club's best performer in the Premier League

The ESPN FC crew respond to your tweets and discuss the candidates for EPL MVP thus far and question whether or not Craig Burley will ever manage.

With the season in full swing, who has shone in the Premier League? We asked our ESPN FC bloggers who has been their club's player of the season so far ...

- Europe: Star players for the continental clubs so far

Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez

In a season when Arsenal have lurched from the less than sublime to the beyond ridiculous, the Chilean stands head and shoulders above anyone else. Desire, work rate, energy, application, a hunger to make an impact on games and the end product to back it up. So far...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Nov 9, 2014

#FCtalkingpoints: LFC woe, Donovan alive, Saints to UCL, Chelsea, Pellegrini

Chelsea traveled to Anfield and came from behind to remain unbeaten and further Liverpool's woes.

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five white-hot topics on the ESPN FC radar, and we want to know what you think!

Vote and comment below or on Twitter using the hashtag #FCtalkingpoints.

Was it a penalty? Steven Gerrard certainly thought so!

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was disappointed his side were not given what he described as a "clear penalty" in their 2-1 Premier League defeat against Chelsea at Anfield, after a shot from Steven Gerrard hit the arm of Cahill in the area late on.

Did Gary Cahill get away with a hand ball vs. Liverpool?

While we're on...

 By Chris Rann
Nov 9, 2014

Koeman's Plan B pays off as sub Shane Long beats Leicester

The Saints continued their brilliant start to the season with another win and another clean sheet.

Is there anything Ronald Koeman's Southampton team can't do? For seventy minutes on Saturday it looked like they might play out a frustrating 0-0 draw in the pouring rain against a Leicester side that played for such a scoreline from the kick-off.

But good managers change things when it isn't clicking and good players take their opportunities when they are presented them.

Cue Shane Long. The Saints had been completely dominant in terms of play and possession but were also sloppy and uncharacteristically...