Southampton welcome Burnley to St. Mary’s on Saturday afternoon in a mid-table clash. Both sides are in relatively safe positions in the league and an entertaining match is expected.
The Saints haven’t beaten the Clarets in their last six meetings, but with Danny Ings in top form, could they punish their rivals this weekend? Get the latest team news and our predictions here.
Southampton vs Burnley – Premier League 2019/20
Where to Watch
Venue: St Mary’s Stadium
Kick Off Time: 12:30 GMT
Referee in charge: Simon Hooper
TV Channel / Live Stream: This game will be broadcast live by BT Sports in the UK. The game will be on BT Sport 1, with live match build-up from 12.00 GMT. Subscribers can also catch the action on the go via the BT Sport app.
Southampton vs Burnley – The Form Guide
The Saints had picked up only nine points from the opening 13 games this season, but have turned things around. They have now won seven of their last 12 Premier League games and have scored in 11 of those matches. Englishman Danny Ings is enjoying one of his most fruitful seasons bagging 17 goals across all competitions so far.
Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side have however lost two of their last five. A 4-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool is nothing to be ashamed of, and in truth, the scoreline flattered the league leaders. The Saints were also unlucky in their 3-2 loss to Spurs in the FA Cup with an 87th-minute penalty awarding the London side an undeserved win. Southampton should have killed the game off before that and were made to pay.
Burnley have been having a typical Burnley season under Sean Dyche. The Clarets show grit and grind out decent results. Nine wins after 25 games are three better than they had at this stage last season (6) and they are a decent 11th in the table making Premier League survival look all but guaranteed.
On top of that, they have turned on the style lately. Dyche must have been pleased with wins over high-flying Leicester and Manchester United before the break and with the draw at Arsenal. Burnley are playing with confidence at the moment and their attacking players are enjoying good scoring form.
What is the Team News?
There aren’t any major concerns for the home side in terms of injuries. James Ward-Prowse picked up a knock to his knee in the FA Cup but should be fit enough in time to play.
On-loan Spurs defender Kyle Walker-Peters may be given his Southampton league debut here.
Danny Ings will be the danger man again for Saints and will lead the line.
Similarly, Burnley’s squad are in good shape. Johann Berg Gudmundsson is the only doubt as he works his way back from a thing injury, but could make the bench.
Ashley Barnes is ruled out for this match with a groin injury but is expected to back on the pitch before the month is out.
Southampton Predicted Line-up: McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Stephens, Bednarek, Bertrand; Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Redmond; Long, Ings
Burnley Predicted Line-up: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Wood, Rodriguez
Southampton vs Burnley Latest Odds
Southampton start as strong favourites at 4/5 (1.8) with SportNation. They are expected to bounce back to winning ways following two defeats, and we see some good value in their price. Burnley will start at around 15/4 (4.75) to win with SportNation which is a decent price. The Clarets, however, don’t win much away from home which is likely why their odds are so big. In saying that, they did beat Manchester United away recently and will fancy their chances here.
The draw will give you odds of 53/20 (3.65) with MoPlay. We’re expecting an open game though, and don’t expect the teams to cancel each other out.
Southampton vs Burnley Score Prediction
The Saint’s usually get off to a great start in games. They have conceded only one goal in before the break in 13 home league fixtures this season, and only one first-half goal in their last eight outings. They are a difficult side to break down, and we can see them taking the lead in the first 45 minutes.
Burnley failed to score against Arsenal but did have plenty of chances. Jay Rodriguez was unlucky to his effort come out off the bar and the Englishman is enjoying his football of late. Because of that, we think the away side will get on the score sheet too.
A 2-1 win to the Saints at 31/4 (8.75) is out fancy here.
Southampton vs Burnley Tip
Following a tricky start, Southampton are arguably one of the in-form teams in the league at the moment. Nathan Redmond and Danny Ings have a good understanding with each other, as do midfielders Stuart Armstrong and Ward-Prowse. They make it difficult for teams to attack and can be lethal on the counter.
Burnley play in a similar style with target man Chris Woods always involved in goalmouth action. The big Kiwi is especially dangerous from set-pieces and we think this is where the Saints will be caught out. The Clarets keeper Nick Pope has been earning plaudits for recent heroic displays, so we don’t think it will be a goal-fest, but we fancy one in each half for the home side.
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