Southampton sent Burnley packing the last time the Clarets visited St Mary’s, winning 2-0. TEAM NEWS
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. MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES
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.”
Twitter: @mfisherfootball WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY
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.
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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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