Southampton (9-4-12) vs. Burnley (9-4-12)
Premier League: February 15, 2020 at 7:30 am ET (St. Mary’s Stadium)
Line and Odds: Southampton -129/ Burnley +389 — Over -102/ Under -106
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Southampton host Burnley in crunch clash
Burnley travel to Southampton on Matchday 26 of the Premier League. Both teams are level on points along with Arsenal and Newcastle in a rather tight race for spots in the top half of the table. A victory on Saturday could see either team move into 10th place and just one behind Wolves in ninth with the season moving into its most decisive phase.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has no doubt transformed this Southampton side, but there is work to be done. The Saints have managed just one win in their last five matches, drawing one and losing three. A 3-2 loss to Wolves after being two goals up was followed by improved performances in the 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace and a 1-1 draw at home to Tottenham in the FA Cup. However, Southampton come into this match after two losses on the trot. They were first beaten convincingly by Liverpool, though a 4-0 scoreline does seem a little harsh given the numerous chances Hasenhuttl’s side had to score the opening goal. Southampton then lead Spurs twice in the FA Cup Replay fixture, but eventually went down 3-2 to crash out of the tournament. The Saints find themselves 13th in the table and a victory will be crucial to get their rhythm back going into the business end of the season.
As for Sean Dyche, inconsistency continues to haunt Burnley‘s season. Their last five games have seen his side win twice, lose twice and draw once. The run began with a crushing 3-0 defeat at Chelsea, but Burnley turned the corner with successive victories – 2-1 over Leicester at home and a shock 2-0 victory at Old Trafford. Their form has dipped since then, however, with a 2-1 reverse at Norwich seeing them exit the FA Cup while a goalless draw with Arsenal doing them hardly any favours in a race for a spot in the top-half of the table. Burnley have the quality, but an inability to find the right results in succession might ultimately end up hurting them.
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– Southampton are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 Premier League matches.
– Southampton are 7-6 ATS at home in the Premier League this season.
– Southampton are 11-10-4 O/U in the Premier League this season.
– Burnley are 5-5 ATS in their last 10 Premier League matches.
– Burnley are 7-4-1 ATS away from home in the Premier League this season.
– Burnley are 11-10-4 O/U in the Premier League this season.
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Last Time Out
Burnley scored thrice in a 12-minute second-half burst to run away with three points at Turf Moor on the opening day of the season. Ashley Barnes began the spree, opening the scoring a little over the hour mark. He added a second seven minutes later, before Johann Berg Gudmonsson curled a finish into the far left with fifteen minutes remaining to give Burnley a convincing victory. The hosts scored with three out of their four shots on target while Southampton managed just three shots on target of their own in an underwhelming performance.
Shane Long will be Southampton’s most important player. The Irishman has two goals in his last five matches, a tally he will be hoping to improve on. Long has not been statistically prolific by any means in the league, managing just one goal and two assists in nine appearances. However, the 33-year-old offers good support for Danny Ings up-top and puts in hard-working shifts every match. Long will be an absolute nuisance to Burnley’s defence if he can get going and Hasenhuttl will hope the forward comes good.
Dwight McNeil is an extremely underrated player who has been vital for Burnley this season. The Englishman is quietly becoming a dependable winger and has created the most chances out of all his teammates this season. McNeil’s crosses are at times deadly and his ability to quickly shuffle the ball between either foot means he is extremely difficult to defend against. The 20-year-old winger has four assists and a goal in the league this season and will hope to add to those numbers on Saturday.
James Ward-Prowse will miss this clash after being carried off in a stretcher in the match against Spurs. Stuart Armstrong could however return to the squad while new arrival Kyle Walker-Peters will also be available for selection.
Predicted Line-up: McCarthy; Bertrand, Bednarek, Stephens, Walker-Peters; Redmond, Hojbjerg, Romeu, Djenepo; Long, Ings.
Ashley Barnes and Johann Berg Gudmonsson, goalscorers from Burnley’s last clash with Saturday’s opponents are still doubtful for this clash. January signing Josh Brownhill will however will be available for selection and could make his debut.
Predicted Line-up: Pope; Taylor, Mee, Tarkowski, Lowton; McNeil, Cork, Westwood, Hendrick; Rodriguez, Wood.