Burnley boss Sean Dyche says his side will have to be at peak performance levels if they are to register a result against Southampton at Turf Moor.
Saints recorded a 1-0 victory over Liverpool in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg on Wednesday, with Dyche an interested observer ahead of this weekend’s clash.
“I thought the Southampton performance was good. They’ve had a tricky spell in the league but not on that showing,” Dyche reflected.
“There was good energy, they’ve got quality and they countered really well on Wednesday night as well as defending well.
“We know they’re a good side, there’s no two ways about it and I say it every week but every side in the Premier League have earned the right to be there.
“They’re all good sides but we know that there are some who are more powerful than others, whether it’s from strength of depth or just the players they’ve got.
“I think Southampton are certainly in the mix of that. They’ve got some good players so we’ve got to be on top of our performance levels without a shadow of a doubt.”
Dyche’s side have continue their fine home form in the current campaign, with 22 points from their 23 coming in East Lancashire.
He added: “I don’t think they have gone better than we could have hoped, because you plan for things to go well.
“There’s work to be done away from home but the home form has been very strong. It has been for a while now but obviously a lot more is made of it in the Premier League.
“We’ve given a solid account of ourselves on most occasions. More recently, we’ve been pretty consistent and got some good points on the board.
“It’s an ongoing story for us. We don’t think we’re the done deal, we just thinking we’re improving.”