Best Odds: 5/14
Two teams looking to enter the top half of the Premier League table, Southampton will welcome Burnley to St. Mary's on Saturday at lunchtime.
Starting with the hosts, while Southampton may have shown what was an animated display at Tottenham last time, the saints only managed to defeat the 3-2 defeat in North London and saw their FA Cup adventure end. Despite shooting away from the drop zone, thanks to a remarkable rebirth at the turn of the New Year, the South Coast team have won just one of their last five matches in all competitions. While coach Ralph Hasenhüttl may still find his team in top form at home, former RB Leipzig boss will be happy to see striker talisman Danny Ings continue to shine in the third third. Once again meeting the net against Tottenham last week, the Liverpool striker scored 17 goals in all competitions in 2019-20, mostly by a Southampton player in six years.
Southampton have a fully prepared team, with the Tottenham defender loaned Kyle Walker-Peters in line to debut.
Midfielder James Ward-Prowse is scheduled to appear, despite being stretched during the FA Cup defeat at Tottenham.
As for the visitors, despite not being able to score all three points against Arsenal in the last half, Burnley is enjoying the match against opponents in the upper half. Despite falling from the FA Cup against Norwich last month, Sean Dyche's men are unbeaten in their last three Premier League games, a race that has led them to consecutive wins against Leicester and a famous 2-0 win at Old Trafford. If Burnley wins consecutive road victories for the first time this season, Saturday's travel support will require sniper leader Chris Wood to be the leader. With two goals in his last three Premier League games, the New Zealand international is the only player in Lancashire to reach double figures so far. Knowing that just one point this weekend would take them to Arsenal in the top half of the table, Dyche's men will also be spurred on by their most recent encounter against Saturday's hosts. When Burnley hosted Southampton at Turf Moor in August, the Clarets won a 3-0 win.
Burnley may be missing Matt Lowton and Charlie Taylor, with the two defenders being assessed for injuries.
Striker Ashley Barnes and Johann Berg Gudmundsson remain out, but Josh Brownhill's new signing is in the squad.
Main Factors to Consider
- When the two teams met at the start of the season, Burnley won a 3-0 win at Turf Moor.
- Three of the last four meetings between the two sides ended in a draw.
- Burnley are unbeaten in their last six games against Southampton, a race that begins in October 2016.
- Chris Wood has two goals in his last three Premier League clashes.
- Southampton have won just one of their last four Premier League games at St. Mary & # 39; s.
In a battle between the two sides looking to find a route to the upper half, Burnley and Southampton must see Saturday as a real chance to get the most points this weekend. With Burnley holding what is a stellar record against Santos, including a 3-0 win at the start of the season, the Clarets will be a difficult test against a Santos team that has shown some struggles at home. In what could be a hotly contested match and in three of the last four matches between the two teams ending in a draw, we will support a similar result on Saturday.
Best Odds: 5/14