Match Pack: Burnley vs Saints

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Our in-depth match preview, in association with SportPesa, brings you everything you need to know ahead of Southampton's meeting with Burnley in the Premier League.

THE MATCH

Burnley vs Southampton
Premier League
Turf Moor
Saturday 2nd February, 3pm GMT

THE OFFICIALS


Referee: Anthony Taylor
Assistants: Gary Beswick, Adam Nunn
Fourth official: Martin Atkinson

WHAT KIT ARE SAINTS IN?

Southampton will be wearing their yellow and blue away strip at Turf Moor. 

WHAT’S AT STAKE?


A third consecutive Premier League victory did not materialise for Saints on Wednesday night but James Ward-Prowse’s late equaliser did ensure that they remain unbeaten in 2019.


James Ward-Prowse celebrates scoring his third goal in as many Premier League games in 2019. 

Success on the road has been key to the team’s resistance under Ralph Hasenhüttl and they travel to Burnley this weekend looking to take their away points tally to ten from a possible 12.

That draw with Palace, coupled with the Clarets’ impressive 2-2 draw against Manchester United, means that all three teams go into Saturday’s fixtures locked on 23 points.

Victory for either side – who have both improved considerably of late – could open up a gap of up to seven points from the relegation zone. With Cardiff to follow at St Mary’s, the value of getting something in Lancashire cannot be understated.

TEAM NEWS

Burnley: Sean Dyche confirmed that Robbie Brady and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are both back in contention to face Saints while Steven Defour and Matt Lowton are likely to miss out. The Clarets boss indicated that new signing Peter Crouch is also available after completing a deadline day move from Stoke City.

Southampton: Ralph Hasenhüttl is set to have the same group at his disposal at Turf Moor relative to Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg is likely to be available for Saturday's game despite sustaining a head injury on Wednesday night.

Captain Pierre-Emile Højbjerg required treatment for a cut to the head during that game at St Mary’s but the Austrian does not expect it to rule him out at Turf Moor.

Longer-term absentees Ryan Bertrand, Mario Lemina and Michael Obafemi will remain sidelined.

FORM GUIDE

Burnley’s last five:

Man Utd (a) D 2-2
Man City (a) L 5-0 (FA Cup)
Watford (a) D 0-0
Fulham (h) W 2-1
Barnsley (h) W 1-0 (FA Cup)

Southampton’s last five:

Crystal Palace (h) D 1-1 (Ward-Prowse)
Everton (h) W 2-1 (Ward-Prowse, Digne o.g)
Derby (h) D 2-2 (3-5 on pens) (FA Cup) (Armstrong, Redmond)
Leicester (a) W 2-1 (Ward-Prowse, Long)
Derby (a) D 2-2 (FA Cup) (Redmond 2)

THE MANAGERS

Sean Dyche: “We have been building back towards what we can be. I think everyone can see that. Suddenly, we are five unbeaten and very close to being five wins, not just three wins and a draw.

"I’m happy with the signs and I have spoken to the players about continuing that resilience and mentality and we’ve made a strong marker of that lately.”


Ralph Hasenhüttl: "It is a team that also is fighting for everything and it is not easy to take points in such games.


"But I saw also that these type of games we are playing now we have the mentality and we have the character to win them and that's what we want to do.

"It was for sure that Crystal Palace, Burnley and Cardiff are that three games can be the most important in the season. We are in a good position now, four points ahead of Cardiff with a better goal difference, so it looks good, but we are still not out of trouble."

PREVIOUS MEETINGS

All-time record:

Played: 57
Southampton: 20
Draws: 16
Crystal Palace: 21

Previous five meetings:

August 2018: Southampton 0-0 Burnley
February 2018: Burnley 1-1 Southampton (Gabbiadini)
November 2017: Southampton 0-1 Burnley
January 2017: Burnley 1-0 Southampton
October 2016: Southampton 3-1 Burnley (Austin 2, Redmond)

Relive this classic seven-goal thriller from the FA Cup in January 2014:


DID YOU KNOW?

- Southampton have earned seven points from their last three Premier League away games (W2 D1 L0), as many as they had in their previous 10 on the road (W2 D1 L7).

- Burnley have conceded eight Premier League goals in the 90th minute of games this season, more than any other side. Only two teams have ever conceded more in a single season – Hull City x2 (9 in 2009-10, 10 in 2016-17) and Cardiff City (10 in 2013-14).

- Southampton forward Charlie Austin has scored four goals in his last four league starts against former side Burnley – during his league career, Austin has only scored more goals at Loftus Road (32 in 45 games) than Turf Moor (23 in 43).


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