Southampton vs Burnley: Saints can undo erratic run of form with a victory in South-coast showdown

In a clash that has implications on the bottom-half of the Premier League table, Southampton and Burnley face off on Sunday, and a win would be crucial to both sides

Best bets

Danny Ings to score, 5+ corners each team and Westwood to be carded - 40/1 (Sky Bet)

3+ goals, 3+ cards and 9+ corners - 11/2 (Paddy Power)

The game to end in a draw - 23/10 (Bet 365)

Have the Saints had a disappointing campaign?

Hasenhuttl, 2021
Hasenhuttl, 2021

November 6, 2020 - history was made at St Mary's as Southampton beat Newcastle 2-0 and went top of the Premier League table, continuing their remarkable start to the season.

Fast forward five months, and Ralph Hasenhuttl's men now reside in 13th place, with just one win in their last 10 games - coming against rock-bottom Sheffield United - and having suffered back-to-back 9-0 losses in consecutive seasons, it's safe to say it's been a season of two halves for the South-Coast outfit.

The Saints have kept just one clean sheet since their impressive win over reigning champions Liverpool back at the beginning of January and have conceded 31 goals in that 11 goal period, leaving them with a goal difference of -15, a far cry from their table-topping performances in 2020.

Irrespective of this however, the Saints could still take a number of positives from the 2020/21 season come May, they are likely to remain in the top-flight for yet another season, sitting seven points above Fulham in 18th, and still have a chance of silverware, having booked their place in the FA Cup semi-finals.

Despite their cup opposition being Brendan Rodgers' Leicester while possessing one of the worst records in the league since the turn of the new year, a strong showing from Hasenhuttl's side in the last few months of the season could still ensure the Saints have another successful campaign.

The Saints are priced at 10/1 to win the FA Cup on Sky Bet.

Last three Premier League meetings

Burnley 0-1 Southampton (September 26, 2020)

An early strike from Danny Ings was enough to secure all three points at Turf Moor and gift Southampton with their first victory of the Premier League season, meaning Burnley lost their first two in a row.

Burnley were without seven senior players as their injury crisis at the start of the campaign continued, with manager Sean Dyche revealing that the squad had largely suffered without a number of key inclusions.

The hosts came close to equalising on a number of occasions but were denied by Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy who ensured his side saw out a 1-0 win.

Southampton 1-2 Burnley (February 15, 2020)

Matej Vydra's winning goal for the Clarets at St Mary's secured another win for Sean Dyche's in-form side as they moved up to 10th in the league, three points clear of Southampton in 13th.

It was the visitors who broke the deadlock after just 93 seconds, Ashley Westwood scored directly from a corner to give his side the perfect start and stun Southampton.

Sixteen minutes later, Saints' talisman Danny Ings had levelled proceedings, rocketing a low driven strike past Nick Pope to provide his side with a foothold in the game.

Following the early start, the game's third and decisive goal was scored over 40 minutes later, a well-hit left-footed strike into the top corner to further bolster Burnley's dream of returning to European football.

Burnley 3-0 Southampton (August 10, 2019)

A commanding second-half display at Turf Moor from Sean Dyche's side wrapped up a well-deserved 3-0 win for the Clarets on the opening day of the 2019/20 Premier League season.

Two goals from Ashley Barnes and a goal from Gudmundsson helped Burnley record their biggest opening league victory since 1966, as they looked to reverse their near-relegation in the season previous.

Head-to-head in the Premier League

Played: 7

Southampton won: 3

Drawn: 3

Burnley won: 5

Southampton scored: 9

Burnley scored: 11

How well can the Clarets finish the season?

Dyche, 2021
Dyche, 2021

For almost every domestic side, the arrival of the international break is usually viewed as one of two things - a hindering momentum stopper or a welcomed period of reassessment, in Burnley's case this particular one was certainly the former.

In their last match before the World Cup qualifiers, Dyche's side overcame Everton in a superb 2-1 win on Merseyside thanks to goals from Chris Wood and Dwight McNeil.

The win provided some much needed reassurance for the Clarets in their bid for survival after failing to win in their previous five games prior to the occasion, despite well-earned points against Arsenal and Leicester respectively.

Should the Clarets build on the foundations of the impressive victory at Goodison Park, they can leave the relegation mix-up altogether and focus on a comfortable finish in mid-table.

With two winnable fixtures awaiting them in Southampton and Newcastle, six points will alleviate any fears of an unneeded dogfight come May.

Score prediction: Southampton 2-2 Burnley

The availability of crucial players in Danny Ings, Theo Walcott and Kyle Walker-Peters could be instrumental in determining Southampton's performance, as the Saints look to finish a topsy-turvy season on a high.

Burnley's resolute defensive structure has made them difficult to beat in the turn of the new year but if executed correctly, the Saints' well-worked, incisive style of play that we have seen they're capable of could cause problems for the Clarets.

At the other end, it is imperative to Southampton that they are able to cope with the physicality of Chris Wood, whose aerial threat and exquisite hold-up play has seen him play a crucial role in a number of important results for Dyche's side.

A score-draw on the South Coast could be likely to be the outcome of this one.

Goalscorer bets

With seven goals to his name so far this season, Southampton striker Che Adams will be determined to build upon this tally towards the end of the season.

bet365 are offering odds of 15/8 for the striker to score at any time.

Chris Wood is Burnley's top scorer in the Premier League this season, with the Kiwi striker currently enjoying a great spell in the top flight.

You can also get 15/8 odds on the Clarets forward to score anytime with Paddy Power.

Takumi Minamino has proven to be a reliable asset to Ralph Hasenhuttl's side since arriving on loan from Anfield in January.

The Japanese winger is 11/2 to score the first goal of the game, on Sky Bet.

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