It's been three hundred and seventy one minutes since saints last scored a goal from open play. In that time the European dream has fizzled out as Koeman resorted to hoofball against the nerdy Danish champs and anaemic premier league performances have some fans questioning Les Reed's transfer market infallibility.
Oh well, a return to St Mary's tomorrow gives the squad a chance to turn things around. After all, it wasn't until the 30th of August that Southampton got their first win last season. The double goal scoring talisman that afternoon in east London was Morgan Schneiderlin and... oh.
Norwich are the visitors this week and they have made a decent start to their campaign. The canaries under the tutelage of Alex Neil are yet to be defeated on the road. But records are there to be broken just look at Everton and their previously dismal results at St Marys.
The bookies are seemingly unbothered by the saints woeful form that stretches back into the end of last season. They are even money to pick up a victory whilst the away side are 3/1 to take the three points.
To add insult to injury Paul Merson is now atop the table after correctly predicting a draw at Vicarage road:
To this week's stabs in the dark:
"Southampton have not really got going yet, and playing in the Europa League again on Thursday will not help them this week either. They have got the last few days of the transfer window to get through too, but I think things will be looking up at St Mary's pretty soon."
Dirty Skate: 2-1
"It's actually a big, big game for Saints. I watched Norwich at Sunderland, and they did well. Last week at Stoke they didn't put their chances away, but I'm going to go with Southampton."
"Saints to take the lead before being pegged back by the Canaries. We need to see a considerable step up in performances levels for this one. Regardless, the international break can't come soon enough for Ronald Koeman's men."
"Need a win, but won't get it against a confident Norwich."
"The tiny bit of optimism within me Is leading me to go for a dodgy 1-0 win. We've got to win at some point, surely?!"
"Norwich have held their own against some decent teams and smashed a terrible team. We might not be Sunderland bad, but we definitely look like a bad team at the moment"
Rules are one point for a correct result, three for a correct score.