Considering the Saints had ratified £100 million worth of cumulative player sales over the summer, it was expected that incoming manager Ronald Koeman would struggle to replicate the success his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino achieved.
However, if anything, Koeman has - thus far - surpassed what Pochettino accomplished as Southampton are second only to Chelsea in the division.
Queens Park Rangers, in contrast, are in the relegation zone with just one win to show for their efforts.
With this in mind, Saints defender Nathaniel Clyne believes QPR will adopt a safety-first approach: “QPR will be another tough test for us," the Englishman said, according to The Mirror.
"They will probably come to defend and we will have to break them down," he concluded.
Southampton have the most stringent defence in England's top flight of late, as they have conceded just three goals. QPR, meanwhile, have failed to score in every one of their last five away games.