Match Preview: Burnley vs Saints

By SFC Media Fri 13 Jan Burnley vs Saints

Get the lowdown ahead of Southampton's trip to face Burnley in the Premier League at Turf Moor, with our in-depth match preview.

What’s at stake?

Claude Puel’s men returned to winning ways with their 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the EFL Cup and and will be looking hoping to build on that performance.

They come up against a Burnley side who have been in imperious home form so far in the Premier League.

Their return of 22 points represents their best start to a Premier League season after 20 games.

Team news

Southampton: A late assessment will be made on the fitness of Steven Davis after he picked up a knock in EFL Cup victory over Liverpool on Wednesday.

That aside, longer-term absentees Charlie Austin, Matt Targett, Sofiane Boufal, Alex McCarthy remain sidelined.

Burnley: Sean Dyche has confirmed that Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Scott Arfield are both doubts.

George Boyd, Jon Flanagan and Ashley Barnes are all expected to recover from knocks in time to feature.

Form guide

Southampton’s last five:

Liverpool (h) W 1-0 (EFL Cup semi-final)
Norwich City (a) D 2-2 (FA Cup)
Everton (a) L 0-3
West Bromwich Albion (h) L 1-2
Tottenham Hotspur (h) L 1-4

Burnley’s last five:

Sunderland (a) D 0-0 (FA Cup)
Manchester City (a) L 2-1
Sunderland (h) W 4-1
Middlesbrough (h) W 1-0
Tottenham Hotspur (a) L 2-1

Top performers

Oriol Romeu
Defence stats
Tackles won
52/67
Clearances
23
Blocks
6
interceptions
38
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Oriol Romeu turned in another impressive midfield display against Liverpool in the EFL Cup semi-final.

The Spaniard recovered possession 12 times against Jürgen Klopp’s men as well as boasting an 89% pass accuracy.

Top scorers: Charlie Austin (9), Jay Rodriguez, Nathan Redmond, Virgil van Dijk (4)
Most assists: Dušan Tadić, James Ward-Prowse (3)

Andre Gray recently netted a Premier League hat-trick in the 4-1 victory against Sunderland at Turf Moor.

Andre Gray after celebrates his Sunderland treble

The forward scored 25 goals to help the Clarets win the Championship title last season and his pace has also helped him registered two assists.

Top scorers: Andre Gray (5), Sam Vokes (4), Ashley Barnes [3]
Most assists: Steven Defour (3), Dean Marney, Andre Gray, Sam Vokes (2)

Previous meetings

All-time record:

Played: 53
Southampton: 20
Draws: 14
Burnley: 19

Last four meetings:

October 2016: Southampton 3-1 Burnley (Austin 2, Redmond)
March 2015: Southampton 2-0 Burnley (Long, Shackell og) 
December 2014: Burnley 1-0 Southampton
Jan 2014: Southampton 4-3 Burnley (Clyne, Lambert, Rodriguez, Lallana)

Did you know?

- Burnley have a higher percentage of points won at home than any other team in the Premier League or Football League, ahead of Rotherham (Championship) - 92%.

- Burnley have lost two of their previous three Premier League games against Southampton, but did win the other at Turf Moor in December 2014 thanks to a goal from Ashley Barnes.

Not at the game?

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Our Matchday Live centre on southamptonfc.com will feature build-up and team news ahead of kick-off, as well as live updates from the game and FREE audio commentary.

Additionally, our social media channels will also be offering exclusive, behind-the-scenes access, as well as updates from the match.

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