Southampton’s odds move from 2/1 to 12/1 to be relegated since Ralph Hasenhuttl was appointed manager

Southampton’s odds move from 2/1 to 12/1 to be relegated since Ralph Hasenhuttl was appointed manager

Southampton’s odds move from 2/1 to 12/1 to be relegated since Ralph Hasenhuttl was appointed manager

The new manager effect is something many teams battling relegation seek, often making the choice to switch managers in the hope it can be a catalyst for change for a club struggling at the bottom of the league.

It has a track record of giving a timely boost to a team, with no side executing the transition between managers mid-season better than Sunderland, who it seemed for a spell were being kept up by the skin of their teeth by a new man every season.

Since winning promotion to the Premier League Southampton have had a reputation for being one of the most stable, well-run clubs in the country. Particularly during the Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman years they were a club that were considered the ‘best of the rest’ outside the top six, developing some top talent in the likes of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren to name a few, who went onto pastures new.

They were replaced with a new wave of talent that included Sadio Mane, Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle, but those days of the club getting into the Europa League have felt a distant memory.

Claude Puel and Mark Hughes bored supporters to tears, but there has since been a breath of fresh air arrive at St. Mary’s in Ralph Hasenhuttl.

Turning the corner

Southampton were edging close to rock bottom when the Austrian arrived at the club, managing just one win in 12 games in all competitions which came via penalties against Everton in the Carabao Cup.

Even when they announced the former RB Leipzig coach as their new man at the helm, it still took some time for them to turn it around, losing 1-0 away to Cardiff City away from home in a bottom-of-the-table clash.

They lost via a single goal from Calum Paterson that came via an under hit back pass from Jannik Vestergaard, again highlighting the deficiencies that were present in the team Hasenhuttl was taking over.

At that point, Southampton were as short as 2/1 to be relegated from the Premier League, with it looking as if last season was going to repeat itself once again. Yet Saints host Cardiff this weekend in a far better position, being 12/1 outsiders to be relegated to the Championship come May.

Following that Cardiff defeat, Saints won back-to-back games against Arsenal and Huddersfield Town and they come into this weekend’s match unbeaten in five in the Premier League. They have lost just two of their nine league games under their new manager so far.

Southampton are again anticipated to win this weekend, being 3/4 favourites to get the win over Neil Warnock’s team at St. Mary’s on Saturday in what is another big six-pointer for both teams.

Three points for Saints would help them move five points clear of the bottom three and Cardiff in 18th, though a defeat could well see them sit back in the relegation zone come the end of the weekend.

Full Premier League Relegation Odds:

Huddersfield at 1/100 with William Hill – BET HERE

Fulham at 1/5 with William Hill – BET HERE

Cardiff at 8/15 with William Hill – BET HERE

Burnley at 12/5 with Betfair – BET HERE

Newcastle at 8/1 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Southampton at 12/1 with William Hill – BET HERE

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