Southampton finished in 17th place in the Premier League last season, just one position away from relegation, and Mark Hughes will be looking to make sure that his side secure survival more comfortably this upcoming campaign.
A dull 0-0 draw to Burnley wasn't the most invigorating start to the season but they will have chances to bounce back after strengthening their side over the summer. Moves for Mohamed Elyounoussi and Jannik Vestergaard will solidify the Saints' midfield and defense, while a loan move for wayward ex-Liverpool striker Danny Ings will sure to freshen up their attack options.
Goal brings you your complete guide to Southampton's 2018-19 pre-season and Premier League fixtures, key transfers, dates and all you need to know.
Southampton 2018-19 squad numbers
Southampton's 2018-19 transfer activity
Mark Hughes landed several solid coups in the transfer window this summer, signing former Borussia Monchengladbach defender Jannik Vestergaard for £18m, as well as Basel's Mohamed Elyounoussi for Basel for £16m.
The Saints were busy on deadline day as well when they worked to secure the loan signing of Danny Ings from Liverpool , where he had struggled to regain match-fitness and would have slipped well below the pecking order in an attacking lineup that includes Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and now a newly-rejuvenated Daniel Sturridge.
Ings had grown up a Saints fan and will have re-signed for his boyhood club. The loan deal will be made permanent next summer, with Southampton eventually paying £20m to the Reds.
Transfer activity in
|MF||Stuart Armstrong||Celtic||£7m||June 26|
|MF||Mohamed Elyounoussi||Basel||£16m||June 29|
|GK||Angus Gunn||Manchester City||£13.5m||July 10|
|DF||Jannik Vestergaard||Borussia Monchengladbach||£18m||July 13|
|FW||Danny Ings (loan)||Liverpool||N/A||August 9|
Transfer activity out
|FW||Olufela Olomola||Scunthorpe United||Free||July 1|
|DF||Will Wood||Accrington Stanley||Free||July 1|
|MF||Dusan Tadic||Ajax||Undisclosed||July 1|
Southampton's 2018-19 Premier League fixtures
The Premier League has confirmed that the 2018-19 season was under way on Saturday August 11.
The Saints got their top-flight campaign underway with a lukewarm 0-0 draw to Burnley on opening day, and will be eager to bounce back when they travel to Goodison Park to beat Everton in matchday two.
An away fixture at Anfield where they will meet a slew of former Southampton players – including Virgil van Dijk, Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne, Sadio Mane and Dejan Lovren – awaits them towards the end of September.
Southampton's full Premier League fixtures can be seen below.
|11/08/2018||15:00||Southampton vs Burnley|
|18/08/2018||15:00||Everton vs Southampton|
|25/08/2018||15:00||Southampton vs Leicester|
|01/09/2018||15:00||Crystal Palace vs Southampton|
|15/09/2018||15:00||Southampton vs Brighton|
|22/09/2018||15:00||Liverpool vs Southampton|
|29/09/2018||15:00||Wolves vs Southampton|
|06/10/2018||15:00||Southampton vs Chelsea|
|20/10/2018||15:00||Bournemouth vs Southampton|
|27/10/2018||15:00||Southampton vs Newcastle|
|03/11/2018||15:00||Manchester City vs Southampton|
|10/11/2018||15:00||Southampton vs Watford|
|24/11/2018||15:00||Fulham vs Southampton|
|01/12/2018||15:00||Southampton vs Manchester United|
|05/12/2018||19:45||Tottenham vs Southampton|
|08/12/2018||15:00||Cardiff vs Southampton|
|15/12/2018||15:00||Southampton vs Arsenal|
|22/12/2018||15:00||Huddersfield vs Southampton|
|26/12/2018||15:00||Southampton vs West Ham|
|29/12/2018||15:00||Southampton vs Manchester City|
|01/01/2019||15:00||Chelsea vs Southampton|
|12/01/2019||15:00||Leicester vs Southampton|
|19/01/2019||15:00||Southampton vs Everton|
|23/01/2019||19:45||Southampton vs Crystal Palace|
|02/02/2019||15:00||Burnley vs Southampton|
|09/02/2019||15:00||Southampton vs Cardiff|
|23/02/2019||15:00||Arsenal vs Southampton|
|27/02/2019||19:45||Southamptonv s Fulham|
|02/03/2019||15:00||Man United vs Southampton|
|09/03/2019||15:00||Southampton vs Tottenham|
|16/03/2019||15:00||Watford vs Southampton|
|30/03/2019||15:00||Brighton vs Southampton|
|06/04/2019||15:00||Southampton vs Liverpool|
|13/04/2019||15:00||Southampton vs Liverpool|
|20/04/2019||15:00||Newcastle vs Southampton|
|27/04/2019||15:00||Southampton vs Bournemouth|
|04/05/2019||15:00||West Ham vs Bournemouth|
|12/05/2019||15:00||Southampton vs Bournemouth|