Savage predicts Southampton's next three results - good or bad?

Robbie Savage has commented on how he thinks Southampton will do in their next three games against Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.

BBC Sport journalist Robbie Savage believes Southampton will pick up two wins in their next three fixtures to confirm their status as Champions League contenders this season.

The Saints take on Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United in what looks a tough run of games but Savage is backing them to come through it in impressive fashion.

Indeed, the Welshman feels it is time people started taking Southampton's challenge for a European spot seriously. 

"I am backing Saints to push on and take six points out of a possible nine against some of their main rivals for a top-four place but, whatever happens next, it is time to take their challenge seriously," Savage told the BBC.

"At the time, it would have been ridiculous to suggest they would be in second-place at the end of November, and the only team within six points of leaders Chelsea.

"But now, especially with the top end of the Premier League looking so open, I think Southampton have got a great opportunity to break into the Champions League places."

Savage was one of a number of pundits who predicted that Ronald Koeman's side would struggle this season but it seems his opinion on their chances has changed markedly. 

Any concerns over their loss of players over the summer have already been banished by the side's brilliant opening 12 matches, which have seen them climb to second spot in the Premier League.

Southampton have already built up a seven-point gap ahead of fifth-placed Newcastle United and they will be looking to protect that advantage over their next three fixtures.

The matches look a daunting prospect for the side to face yet, if they can manage to earn the six points Savage predicts, their place in the Champions League qualification slots would look very secure indeed for the time being.

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