We bring you up to speed on the latest at Southampton Football Club with this week's Monday briefing...
International action begins again
We’ve reached the second break in the season, as international football once again takes centre stage.
It’s set to be a busy period for the club’s players, with 14 of them away on duty with their respective countries.
You can check out the full list of who has been selected here.
Saints’ women march on
It was another fine weekend for the club’s women’s team, who booked their place in the first round proper of the SSE Women’s FA Cup.
Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s side beat Larkhall Athletic 4-1, at AFC Totton’s Testwood Stadium, on Sunday to progress through the third qualifying round.
Goals came via Georgie Freeland, Ellie Chaffe (2) and Rachel Woods, with Saints now set to face Poole Town on Sunday 11th November, away from home.
Checkatrade Trophy action returns
Southampton’s youngsters are away to Cambridge United on Tuesday night, as they look to continue their fine start to the competition.
Saints, who are one of a number of clubs invited to field an under-21 side in the tournament, won 2-0 at Colchester in their opening group game.
Kick-off is at 7pm BST, and you can keep up to date with the game on our Twitter account.
Under-23s buoyed ahead of Checkatrade clash
Saints will certainly head into Tuesday night’s game with plenty of confidence, after Radhi Jaïdi’s side notched up another win over the weekend.
Goals from Michael Obafemi and Callum Slattery earned a 2-1 home victory over Leeds in the Premier League Cup.
“We’ve picked up three points here and that will carry us over nicely into next week,” said Jaïdi.
Under-18s make it three in a row
Paul Hardyman’s side continued their fine run of form, as they won 3-1 away at Swansea in the Under-18 Premier League.
Christian Norton, Will Ferry and Oludare Olufunwa were the goalscorer, as Saints built on wins against Brighton and Reading in their previous matches.
Next up is another league clash, at home to Leicester City, on Saturday 20th October.
Hughes calls for more belief
Southampton manager Mark Hughes spoke after Sunday’s 3-0 home defeat to Chelsea and urged his players to show some extra faith in their own ability.
“We needed to show a bit more belief in how good we actually are,” explained the Saints boss. “I think we were a little bit too respectful of a good Chelsea team.
“We haven’t performed at anything like the level we did in the games against Wolves and Everton, so that’s a disappointment, because we know what we’re capable of.”
Seats for next month’s home Premier League clash with Watford went on sale to Official Members this morning, with general sale starting on Thursday.
Also this week, tickets for the Carabao Cup trip to Leicester go on sale, from 9am on Tuesday. Full information can be found by clicking here.
The Premier League trip to Manchester City will also be available to purchase for eligible fans from 9am on Wednesday. Click here for all the details for that game.