Robbie Savage has told BBC Sport that he believes Southampton will finish this season in seventh place.
The Saints have sustained a top-four challenge for the entire campaign so far, but Savage thinks they will fall just short of the Champions League spots.
At the moment, Ronald Koeman's side are four points behind fourth-placed Manchester United and Savage feels the gap is too big to make up.
"I think they will finish where they are now, which is seventh," he said. "Some Saints fans might be disappointed with that, but I think that would still mean an unbelievable season, especially considering where they were last summer after losing their manager and several key players."
At the start of the season, Southampton fans would have been delighted to finish in such a lofty position but, after competing for so long, it will be disappointing to miss out on Europe's premier club competition.
The Saints have been one of England's most impressive teams throughout the campaign and it is only a poor run of form more recently that has seen them slip down the table.
Koeman's side have won just two of their last six Premier League games and that has allowed the chasing pack to overtake them.
They will be looking to prove that their top-four chances are not over yet, though, and a win against Chelsea this weekend would certainly make everyone take their challenge seriously once again.