PHEW! The Saints just about managed to avoid the drop last season after Mark Hughes rode to their rescue.
Fans won’t exactly have been overwhelmed by summer transfer activity so far but will hope Charlie Austin can stay fitter for longer and fire them up the table.
Getty Images – Getty Charlie Austin celebrates a goal against Celta Vigo with Saints’ new boy Stuart Armstrong
Frustrated home crowds also crave enterprising play after the dour stuff churned out by first Claude Puel and then Mauricio Pellegrino.
Whether that is possible under the much-travelled Hughes remains to be seen.
Burnley’s pre-season has been all about Europa League qualifying battles with Aberdeen, which proved successful.
Chris Wood, Jack Cork and Ashley Barnes were on target as the Clarets produced a decisive 3-1 second round, second leg win at Turf Moor to earn a third round showdown with Istanbul Basaksehir.
PA:Press Association Mark Hughes kept Southampton up last season but fans expect so much more this season