Michael Brown admits, at this stage of the season, it is often preferable to encounter a team in the top half of the table as opposed to a team desperately seeking to retain Premiership status.
It is the latter scenario the team face when we travel to St Mary's to take on Southampton on Saturday, who are unbeaten in their last five games in all competitions.
"I think so and we've generally found these games a little bit harder and have tended to struggle a bit," responded the midfielder to the question of preference. "We've got to make sure we go there and play well.
"They have picked up of late and got a good result against Arsenal last weekend.
"Teams down there normally kick on with a bit of a run and grind out a few wins, with the team that does the best maybe getting out of it."
One key influence on Southampton's improved fortunes was the arrival of our former captain Jamie Redknapp in January, a man Michael - like everyone at the club - speaks very highly of.
"Jamie is such a nice guy, when you arrive he comes over straight away and makes you feel welcome. He is good like that and is a genuine good bloke and good player as well.
"It will be tough playing against Jamie and I'm sure he will be desperate to play well even more than he is in a normal game.
"I'm sure we will have a little battle in midfield."