With two home games that could take them into 3rd place in the Championship, and a 3-2 away win against Burnley on their last outing, Southampton are in confident mood for Saturday's clash with Charlton at St.Mary's. But their inconsistency could let them down. That is the verdict of Trevor the Saint who occupies the office next door to me.
Trevor is expecting a high scoring game with 3-2 being a typical score in games involving Southampton. Like Charlton, they have a suspect defence, but can also score goals, which shouldn't be too hard against our defensive line up. One big question will be whether Charlton's long ball Route 1 football will actually get the ball in the Saints' net. Or perhaps Pards will have a change of heart and play to feet down the wings.
Saints have had a torrid time with their parachute payments running out this year. The acquisition of a 55 per cent stake by a hedge fund is imminent, but may be blocked by popular board member Rupert Lowe.
Apparently Saints have said we can't book in a bid for Rasziak which is good news as we don't want any more target men waiting for the long ball.
Elsewhere, Ipswich are the latest Championship club to be taken over, while a silence surrounds any bids for the Addicks: Tractors