Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn says he wants his side to get one over on Bournemouth in the first of two upcoming derbies. The Saints hosts the Cherries at St Mary’s on Friday night before travelling to Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening.
It is a match-up between 10th and 9th respectively with both sides having good starts to the new season.
Southampton quickly got over their opening day 3-0 drubbing by Burnley and have recorded a four match unbeaten streak in all competitions in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s first full season in charge.
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The last meeting in April ended 3-3 and saw the Saints secure their Premier League status for another season following a year of struggles.
Gunn played in that game and says the club are now looking to Bournemouth as a benchmark with the Cherries finishing above them in the last two seasons. “Bournemouth have finished above us in the last few seasons so finishing above them is definitely a big focus for us this year,” said Gunn. “That’s a benchmark we want to get to and we treat every Premier League game as a rivalry to get focused.”
Southampton have taken seven points from their last nine in the Premier League as Hasenhuttl’s side have impressed many onlookers so far.
They defeated Sheffield United only after VAR ruled out a goal for the Blades in the second half before summer signing Moussa Djenepo grabbed his second goal of the season.
The Mali international has started the season very impressively and fans can sue their free bet to back him impress again.