Match Preview: Southampton vs Burnley

By SFC Media Sat 15 Oct Saints vs Burnley

Get all the key information ahead of Southampton's clash with Burnley in our match preview.

What’s at stake?

Southampton are looking to extend their unbeaten run at home this season, as well as making it four Premier League games without a loss.

Additionally, Saints are also closing in on a new record for consecutive clean sheets, having kept six in a row now.

They have not gone seven matches on the bounce without conceding since the 1921/22 season. Overall, that run reached eight games, with a clean sheet on the opening day of the following season as well.

For Burnley, this game will be another chance to secure a first away win of the season. So far, the Clarets’ two Premier League victories have both been secured at Turf Moor, with both of their away games – at Chelsea and Leicester – ending in 3-0 defeats.

Team news

Southampton will be without full-backs Ryan Bertrand and Cédric, while Shane Long is also an injury doubt. There is good news on Jay Rodriguez, who is available, while record signing Sofiane Boufal could be part of the squad for the first time.

Burnley goalkeeper and captain Tom Heaton is expected to be fit following a minor calf strain that resulted in him withdrawing from the England squad last week. Striker Andre Gray remains out, as he serves the third match of a four-game ban.

Form guide

Southampton’s last five:

Leicester (a) D 0-0
Hapoel Be’er Sheva (a) D 0-0 (Europa League)
West Ham (a) W 3-0
Crystal Palace (h) W 2-0 (EFL Cup)
Swansea (h) W 1-0

Burnley’s last five:

Arsenal (h) L 0-1
Watford (h) W 2-0
Leicester (a) L 0-3
Hull (h) D 1-1
Chelsea (a) L 0-3

Top performers

After a pair of 0-0 draws in their last two outings, things remain the same for Saints in the scoring and assist charts.

This weekend will provide a decent opportunity for them to change, though, with Burnley having conceded six goals in their two away Premier League matches so far this season.

Top scorer: Charlie Austin (5)
Most assists: Charlie Austin, Ryan Bertrand, Shane Long, Cuco Martina, James Ward-Prowse (1)

There is no doubt who Burnley’s real danger man has been so far this season. Steven Defour joined the club in the summer from Belgian club Anderlecht and has made a superb start to his Clarets career.

The midfielder has scored once and provided three assists, meaning he has had a direct hand in four of Burnley’s five Premier League goals this season.

Top scorer: Steven Defour, Andre Gray, Jeff Hendrick, Michael Keane, Sam Vokes (1)
Most assists: Steven Defour (3)

Previous meetings

All-time record:

Played: 52
Southampton: 19
Draws: 14
Burnley: 19

Last four meetings:

March 2015: Southampton 2-0 Burnley (Long, Shackell og)
December 2014: Burnley 1-0 Southampton
January 2014 (FA Cup): Southampton 4-3 Burnley (Clyne, Lambert, Rodriguez, Lallana)
February 2012 (Championship): Southampton 2-0 Burnley (Lallana, Sharp)

Did you know?

Southampton are currently eight games unbeaten in the Premier League at St Mary’s.

Saints have also scored in each of their last 13 top-flight home games, which is the leading run in the competition right now.

On home soil, Saints have lost just one of their last 14 games against Burnley.

Burnley’s average possession figure of 36.8 per cent is the lowest in the Premier League this season.

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