With European football, a new manager and a competitive squad at their disposal, Southampton fans in The Football Transfer Tavern have every right to be optimistic going into the upcoming season.
In Claude Puel they have an experienced French manager who takes the reigns from Ronald Koeman, who did a good job on the South Coast during his tenure at the club.
And with the season nearing closer and closer, it’s essential that the Premier League’s top sides begin finishing their preparations and ending their pre-season campaigns as strongly as possible.
And next up for the Saints is Spanish outfit Athletic Bilbao, who will prove stern opposition in their final pre-season fixture of the season.
Both sides are expecting to name as strong a lineup as possible and Puel is expected to name an XI that is as close to his starting side as possible with their Premier League curtain raiser against Watford just a week later.
So who is expected to start for the Saints against the Spanish giants? Here’s a Southampton XI who will smash Bilbao on Sunday!