Dates and TV picks have been set for Southampton’s first three fixtures of July against Manchester City, Everton and Manchester United.
Pep Guardiola’s City make the trip to St Mary’s on Sunday 5th July, with kick-off set at 7pm. The game will be shown as one of the BBC’s four free games between now and the end of the season.
Saints then play away to Everton on Thursday 9th July, with kick-off coming at 6pm. Fans can watch this game for free via Amazon Prime Video (streaming via Twitch).
Old Trafford is then up next for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men, and they will kick-off against United at 8pm on Monday 13th July. Sky Sports will be showing this game and it will also be available on free-to-air television.
Saints restarted their 2019/20 season on Friday with a comprehensive 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Norwich City and face further meetings with Arsenal and Watford this coming week.
Before heading into a trickier schedule on paper next month, Saints could well be past the 40-point mark that has never seen a team relegated from the top-flight.
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Their next game – a home clash with Arsenal – looks most appealing in the current situation.
The Gunners have a lengthy injury list and are having to call upon fringe players to fill out their squads whilst still looking very inconsistent on the pitch.
There is no doubt that Mikel Arteta’s side are in transition at the moment and will need plenty of changes to return into contention for European football.
For Saints, this game could not come at a much better time.
They are 10 points clear of the bottom three now and look to be under little pressure themselves, with a top-half finish perhaps more likely than a relegation scrap after the win over Norwich on Friday.
The players can take real confidence from their second-half display at Carrow Road and looked to carry out Hasenhuttl’s instructions to perfection at times.
Can they build some real momentum towards the campaign’s finale?