Southampton's impressive start to the season may have banished pre-season expectations of a relegation battle, but their next set of fixtures will give them hope that they can continue their current run.
Ronald Koeman's side are unbeaten in their last seven matches, which has seen six wins and one draw, including the away scalp of Arsenal in the Capital One Cup.
Every run comes to and end sooner or later, but with the current confidence in the squad, the next set of fixtures could well see the continuation of their good run, rather than the end of it.
Winnable October ahead
The Dutch manager, fresh from Saturday's victory over QPR at St. Mary's takes his side to face his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino and his new team Tottenham on Sunday afternoon. This looks the toughest test on paper in the Saints' next month of fixtures.
Although Tottenham have not made a fantastic start to the season they are always a threat and Koeman will be keen to avoid defeat at White Hart Lane. After that though they face Sunderland and Stoke City at home, and both will look like winnable games to Koeman.
The last fixture of the month is the next round of the Capital One Cup, where the 51-year-old's team travel to Stoke City, having faced them a few days earlier in the Premier League. It wouldn't be too much to suggest another win is possible, although a Tuesday night at the Britannia is likely to offer a sterner test than hosting them at St. Mary's.
Could they be top?
If results were to go their way in the previous month, then the Saints could quite easily be kicking it with the big boys at the top of the Premier League as November starts. A tricky trip to Hull City is followed by Leicester City at home, and you would suggest any side aiming for the top eight would look to amass four points from those fixtures.
Another tough test comes at Villa Park on Monday 24th November, but with Paul Lambert's side in good early season form, this should be another game Ronald Koeman's side aim to avoid defeat.
That could leave the South coast outfit continuing to hold their own at the top of the Premier League when they will face their sternest test since the opening day, as Manuel Pellegrini's Manchester City side visit St. Mary's.
December starts with Arsenal away followed by Manchester United at home, and should Southampton still be in the mix by then, they could well be set to challenge for a top four place this season.
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