Southampton v Burnley

Southampton's Shane Long challenges Burnley's Scott Arfield

Southampton sent Burnley packing the last time the Clarets visited St Mary’s, winning 2-0.


Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez could be fit to face his former club after recovering from a groin injury.

Saints are monitoring right-back Cedric Soares, who pulled out of Portugal’s squad last week after suffering an ankle injury against Leicester.

Burnley goalkeeper and captain Tom Heaton should be fit after a minor calf strain that forced him to withdraw from the England squad last weekend.

Forward Andre Gray serves the third game of a four-match ban.


Martin Fisher: “Like Mauricio Pochettino and Ronald Koeman before him, Claude Puel appears to have overcome the loss of key players over the summer to fashion a Southampton side that remains true to the club’s traditions.

“Saints are picking up points, are easy on the eye and difficult to beat.

“They’ve kept three clean sheets in a row in the Premier League (six in all competitions), and there’s every chance of extending that further against goal-shy Burnley, who are again without Andre Gray, as he serves a four-game ban.

“Success for the visitors rests on turning a defence that’s been so leaky on the road into the miserly outfit that turns up at Turf Moor.”

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche: “We have to be intent on doing what we do and have belief in what we do and so far we’ve had a solid start.

“We want that to continue, though we’re obviously aware it’s a tough place to go.”


I think Burnley are in for another tough afternoon at St Mary’s Stadium.

I have been impressed by Southampton boss Claude Puel, and it looks like Saints are set for another good season.

Prediction: 2-0

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  • Southampton have lost just one of their last five league meetings with Burnley (W2, D2).
  • Saints have suffered just one defeat in their last 14 home league clashes with Burnley (W7, D6).


  • Saints are unbeaten at home in all competitions this season (W3, D2). They have gone eight Premier League games without defeat at St Mary’s (W5, D3).
  • They have scored in each of their last 13 Premier League games at home, the best current run in the division.
  • Charlie Austin has scored twice and been sent off once in his two previous Premier League games against former club Burnley.


  • Burnley have lost all three of their away matches this season – two in the Premier League, and one in the EFL Cup – without scoring.
  • They have earned just two victories in their last 15 Premier League away games (D3, L10).
  • The Clarets have averaged 36.8% possession in their league games this season, the lowest percentage in the top flight.

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