We take a look back at some of the highlights from matches played between Saints and Friday’s pre-season friendly opponents, Bournemouth.
The two teams haven’t met too many times in competitive matches over the years, but Saints have the upper hand with the number of victories recorded, including these memorable successes:
Sat 12th March 2011 League 1 Bournemouth 1-3 Saints
Oscar Gobern, Dean Hammond and Rickie Lambert celebrate the latter's free-kick in front of the travelling support
Both teams were battling it out for promotion to the Championship, and this was the first time the teams had met in the league at Bournemouth in over 50 years.
Saints had to come from behind to claim all three points against their South Coast promotion rivals.
Lauri Dalla Valle, who appeared to be offside, put the hosts ahead with a thumping shot into the top corner after just six minutes.
Saints were level just five minutes later, however when Rickie Lambert crossed for Lee Barnard, whose header squirmed under Cherries keeper Shwan Jalal to level the scores.
Dean Hammond put Saints ahead from close in and Lambert's superb free-kick sealed the win before Southampton sub Oscar Gobern was given a straight red card for a high challenge towards the end of the game.
The result was Bournemouth's first home defeat of the year, and saw them slide down to fifth, while Saints leapfrogged them to go fourth.
Bournemouth team: Shwan Jalal, Jason Pearce, Adam Smith, Rhoys Wiggins (Warren Cummings 33), Shaun Cooper, Marc Pugh, Anton Robinson, Liam Feeney, Danny Hollands, Lauri Dalla Valle (Joe Partington 84), Danny Ings (Steve Fletcher 74)
Unused substitutes: Dan Thomas, Stephen Purches, Mathieu Baudry, Mark Molesley
Goal: Dalla Valle (6)
Southampton team: Kelvin Davis, Dan Harding (Dan Seaborne 66), Jose Fonte, Danny Butterfield, Radhi Jaidi, Dean Hammond, Adam Lallana, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Richard Chaplow (Frazer Richardson 88), Rickie Lambert, Lee Barnard (Oscar Gobern 78)
Unused substitutes: Tommy Forecast, Aaron Martin, Jonathan Forte, Dany N'Guessan
Goals: Barnard (11), Hammond (71), Lambert (88)
Tue 10th August 2010 Carling Cup Saints 2-0 Bournemouth
Remember the name! Oxlade-Chamberlain opens his Saints account
16 year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored his first senior goal for Saints, who progressed into the second round of the League Cup thanks to a pair of second half strike.
Adam Lallana was also on target as he helped Saints knock his old club out of the competition.
The impressive Cherries had looked the better side until former Bournemouth loanee Lallana struck in the 63rd minute when he bent a superb right-foot shot past goalkeeper Shwan Jalal from 20 yards.
Southampton had to wait until four minutes from the end to get their second with Bournemouth pressing for an equaliser.
On a breakaway, Oxlade-Chamberlain beat Jalal to a long ball out of defence and tapped into an empty net from 15 yards.
Bournemouth had their chances in the first half, with Brett Pitman, scorer of 28 goals the previous season, twice going close with a free-kick and another shot across the face of the goal.
Lallana also had a shot cleared off the line by Rhoys Wiggins, while at the other end, a diving save by Kelvin Davis denied Bournemouth a consolation as Saints set up a second round meeting with Bolton Wanderers at St Mary’s.
Southampton team: Kelvin Davis, Danny Butterfield, Jose Fonte, Dan Seaborne, Ryan Dickson (Dan Harding 46), Jason Puncheon, Paul Wotton, Dean Hammond, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana (Lee Holmes 79), Lee Barnard (Rickie Lambert 84)
Unused substitutes: Bartosz Bialkowski, Aaron Martin, Joseph Mills, Tony Garrod
Goals: Lallana (63), Oxlade-Chamberlain (86)
Bournemouth team: Shwan Jalal, Stephen Purches, Jason Pearce, Ryan Garry (Lee Bradbury 75), Rhoys Wiggins, Liam Feeney, Anton Robinson, Marvin Bartley (Michael Symes 65), Shaun Cooper (Danny Hollands 58), Marc Pugh, Brett Pitman
Unused substitutes: Dan Thomas, Warren Cummings, Harry Arter, Josh McQuoid
Sat 23rd April 1960 DIV 3 Bournemouth 1-3 Saints
Clifton levels the scores at Dean Court with a downward header
After being beaten 4-3 at the Dell in the reverse fixture, the hosts sought revenge at Dean Court against table topping Saints. They took the lead on 24 minutes, but Southampton were level just six minutes later when Brian Clifton got his obligatory goal in this fixture with a downward header from Terry Paine’s chip into the area.
That was Clifton’s fourth strike in six matches against the Cherries, and levelled the scores going into the half-time interval.
12 minutes after the re-start, John Page converted a penalty after a handball offence inside the area to put Saints on course for a league double.
The win was made safe in the final minute of the game when Page despatched his second spot kick of the game after Derek Reeves had been brought down inside the box.
Bournemouth’s players sportingly applauded Saints from the pitch after the game, with the league leaders going on to take the title two games later.
Southampton team: Ron Reynolds, Ron Davies, Tommy Traynor, Dick Conner, John Page, Cliff Huxford, Terry Paine, George O’Brien, Derek Reeves, Brian Clifton, John Sydenham
Goals: Clifton (30), Page (57 & 89)
Sat 5th Oct 1957 DIV 3 South Saints 7-0 Bournemouth
Brian Clifton in action for Saints against Bournemouth
Saints recorded their most comprehensive win over Bournemouth and Boscombe Athletic with a second half demolition at the Dell in October 1957.
Brian Clifton had put the hosts in front after seven minutes with a well-placed rising shot, and the same man doubled the lead just three minutes into the second period.
It was 3-0 on 50 when Derek Reeves added his name to the scoresheet before Johnny Walker and a pair of strikes from John Hoskins put Saints six up after a blistering 15 minute spell.
Walker notched his second and Saints’ seventh with five minutes remaining when he converted Reeves’s pass as the team recorded their sixth win of the season, a week on from putting five past Brighton also at the Dell.
Southampton team: Brian Stevens, Len Wilkins, Tommy Traynor, Bob McLoughlin, Pat Parker, John Page, Terry Paine, Derek Reeves, Brian Clifton, Johnny Walker, John Hoskins
Goals: Clifton (7 & 48), Reeves (50), Walker (54 & 80), Hoskins (62 & 63)