May 12: at Sunderland
May 19: vs. Stoke City
Rickie Lambert: A tremendous season from big Rickie Lambert has landed him seventh in goals for the season, and he's proved to be a handful even for the top teams with goals coming against Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool. Lambert has easily been one of the best strikers in the Premier League this season.
Jay Rodriguez: Combining with the size and strength of Rickie Lambert has been the speedy and crafty Jay Rodriguez, who has played his way from sub to starter over the course of the season. Between he, Lambert, Jason Puncheon and Morgan Schneiderlin, the Southampton offense has been very fun to watch and equally as effective.
Maya Yoshida: What started out as a shaky and questionable beginning to his Premier League career, Japanese defender Maya Yoshida has settled into an every match stalwart at the back. While the team is brash, young and not always defensively sound, Yoshida is a calm no-nonsense defender whom the Saints will need to be on top of his game to survive a scramble at the bottom.
The enigmatic giant killers of the season, Southampton were looking at relative safety until a late equalizer by Tottenham over the weekend got them in a bit of hot water. Now they are not entirely safe, but they do have probably the easiest of matches of the bottom teams.
However, no match is safe with this squad as dominant victories over Chelsea and Man City are met with equally bazaar head-scratching losses to QPR, Sunderland and Wigan all at home in St. Mary's.
It's really a mixed bag with Southampton who play a free-flowing offensively overloaded style, but they shouldn't have a problem holding off the lackluster offenses of Stoke City and Sunderland to stay up in the Premiership for another year. It's worth noting Southampton have not beat either of these teams this season, drawing Stoke 3-3 at the Britannica and losing to Sunderland 1-0 at home in December.