Europa target for Saints

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman believes his side will not need to better last year’s 60 points to qualify for the Europa League.

Southampton: Europa target for Saints Southampton: Europa target for Saints

The Dutch manager has challenged Saints to register more than three wins from their remaining six matches to secure European football.

Striker Charlie Austin agrees with Koeman’s assessment of that Europa League battle, and now hopes he can hit top form after shaking off a run of minor injuries to boost that cause.

“It’s been frustrating just because of little niggly injuries, but hopefully I’ve shaken them off now, and can stay fit now until the end of the season,” said Austin.

“My strength’s up now and I just need to perform for the team between now and the end of the season.

“There are six games to go, we want to get into the Europa League places and that battle starts this weekend.

“We need to get as many points as we can, and hopefully we can get into the Europa League.

“It was a great second-half display against Liverpool and hopefully that will give us confidence at home again this weekend.”

Southampton host struggling Newcastle on Saturday and they are 13/20 with Titanbet to claim all three points.

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