Football fans could be back in stadiums and watching live action around the UK once again by December, according to reports.
Via the BBC, the UK government are planning to reintroduce supporters in areas of the country where Covid-19 infections are low and where towns and cities are in the Tier One or Tier Two categories.
This is dependent on lockdown restrictions being lifted, but Southampton is currently in Tier One which means the city has seen low infection rates and has less restrictions in comparison to some other areas in England.
Although the bigger number of fans inside St Mary’s could see Saints with fans back at the pitch side later than other clubs at lower levels, the fact that Coronavirus cases in the area are low could go in their favour.
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The last time fans were present at a St Mary’s fixture was back in March as Saints lost 1-0 to Newcastle United.
When supporters return to the stands to watch Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side, they will see a totally different team playing to the one they saw form most of the 2019/20 campaign.
New players arrived in the summer and have added to the Saints squad to give many more options. Mohammed Salisu and Ibrahima Diallo are yet to make a real impression so far but Theo Walcott and Kyle Walker-Peters now look to be key players.
Others like Jannik Vestergaard have forced themselves back into the starting line-up and produced a very healthy level of competition as a result.
Their style of play remains much the same but the way in which players carry out their roles has been refined to the point of some almost perfect team displays recently.
It remains to be seen when and how fans will be allowed back through the turnstiles but Saints have home games against Sheffield United, Manchester City and West Ham in December that could potentially be aimed for.