The season may only be a month old but already many who enjoy betting at Bet Victor are starting to see signs of who will be competing at the top and bottom of the Premier League table.
The top is already taking a familiar look, while at the bottom one club is finding life back in the top flight difficult.
Southampton, back in the Premier League for the first time since 2005, have lost all four of their games so far, the latest a 6-1 thrashing at Arsenal.
They have had a horror fixtures list, with the Gunners also joining the two Manchester clubs lurking the south coast club’s opening games, but their failure to grab even a point from their first month of the campaign means they are already on the back foot.
A fast start is essential for newly promoted clubs as they can build up a head of steam – momentum can take you a long way in this league.
Once the defeats start flowing though it becomes difficult to stop the rot, with the pressure to get a result increasing with each passing game.
It needs to be pointed out that just two years ago the Saints were in League One and still have a number of the players who played in that division in their squad. But Norwich City were in that same position 12 months ago and their solid start resulted in an eventual 12th place finish.
Some kinder fixtures await in the coming weeks for Southampton so there is time for them to turn their season around. But there is already pressure to win those encounters, pressure you don’t always have at this early stage of the season.
It’s sink or swim time, and if the Saints fail to keep their heads above water in the coming weeks, it will become a long, tough and ultimately heartbreaking campaign.
The race to avoid relegation is well and truly on, so make sure you check out the great odds at Bet Victor.