Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says that he never expected Southampton would struggle this season.
The South-Coast club lost a number of their key players over the summer, but Hughes felt that they always had the capabilities to perform well.
"They lost their manager and one or two key players," Hughes said to the Sentinel, "but they had a decent amount of money to work with and spent it well."
"The key is to get the balance right and the dynamic in the dressing room correct, and they seem to have done that. There was talk they would struggle, but it wasn't a view I shared."
Stoke travel to Southampton this Saturday and it seems that Hughes knows his team could be in for a tough test.
The Saints host to the Potters having won 8-0 in their last fixture, against Sunderland, meaning they will be full of confidence.
However, Stoke, too, have made improvements this season and have quietly crept into the top-half of the table, as they build on their impressive showings last season.
It means that the match is set to be an entertaining encounter, with both sides going for three points to help consolidate their positive starts to the campaign.