Southampton on the up, and we all underestimated Mauricio Pochettino

St Marys Southampton

Southampton are thought likely to break into the top half this coming Premier League season.

With the Premier League season just one week away, 13 of our football pundits have put their heads together to give you a comprehensive set of predictions.

Each pundit predicted where each Premier League club will finish the season, with 20 points for the club predicted to finish 1st, down to 1 point for the club finishing bottom.

We then added up all the points and:

Verdict - Southampton will finish 9th

Highest prediction: 8th, Lowest prediction: 15th

2013/14 Premier League final table predictions

Vic Daniels: 8th - The manager will build on the relatively strong finish to last season, and the recent squad additions will work out. We have all underestimated Mauricio Pochettino

Callum Farrell: 10th - Pochettino has turned a controversial start around, and now it is widely agreed that his team play much better than under his predecessor. The transfer window has been quiet for them but Victor Wanyama will be a fantastic signing and help them avoid any relegation battle.

Nick Harris: 10th - Another team who have invested wisely this summer, Southampton should be able to shore up their porous defence, and their excellent midfield of Morgan Schneiderlin, Jack Cork and new recruit Victor Wanyama will give a firm base to their attacks.

Mathew Nash: 10th - Mauricio Pochettino had his Saints team playing some excellent football last season. The main issue this summer was addressing their flimsy defensive record. The signing of Dejan Lovren could be the catalyst toward a more comfortable season of survival at St Marys.

Ian Bolland: 11th - Troubled big names towards the back end of last season, I expect them to do so again and consolidate their Premier League status.

Lewis Doe: 11th - The Saints have also had a bit of a summer clear out, with ten players leaving the club. However, they have made two quality signings in the form of Victor Wanyama and Dejan Lovren. Mauricio Pochettino has also showed tactically last season that he can be as clever and innovative as the best of them.

Jenny Leigh: 11th - Pochettino has bought very astutely and I expect the Saints to really grow in confidence and self-belief. I think they’ll find a much greater consistency and show themselves to be difficult opponents to beat.

Jamie Allen: 13th - Mauricio Pochettino’s first full season gets his players playing some nice football, but squad depth restricts them. No danger of the drop though.

Dan Coombs: 13th - Southampton are a key striker away from being where they want to be and cracking the top 10. The Saints looked excellent at times under Mauricio Pocchetino and indifferent at others, so solving consistently issues is the big challenge. They will certainly be safe from relegation.

Gareth McKnight: 13th - Won’t be fighting relegation, but not good enough for top half. Could do with signing a striker. The likes of Ramirez gives them quality, and I think Wanyama will impress.

Graham Morris: 13th - Pochettino appeared to get Southampton firing at the backend of last season, and I look forward to seeing how they develop.

Vincent Ralph: 13th - Despite only signing two players so far this summer, what players they are. The arrival of Victor Wanyama and Dejan Lovren will add both quality and steel to the Saints, while tying Luke Shaw to a new contract is a huge coup in itself. Much will depend on the form and fitness of Rickie Lambert and Gaston Ramirez, but if both play to their abilities, the Saints can improve on last season.

Alan Dawson: 15th - Southampton will build on what they did last season, but not where they finished. They will not want to become too reliant on Rickie Lambert. The Saints have had a holy pre-season and will not likely be dragged into relegation hell.

2013/14 Premier League final table predictions

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