Both the sides are coming from heavy defeats against Leicester City and Spurs respectively.
It’s going to be a vital clash for a spot in the top half of the table.
The Clarets are without several key players as they look to avenge their 4-2 defeat in the second gameweek.
The attacking duo of Jay Rodriguez and Chris Wood scored 22 goals in the previous Premier League campaign;
Ths Burnley faithfulls will be hoping the duo find their scoring boots against Southampton.
Before their game against Crystal Palace and Spurs, the Saints lost only once in their last 9 Premier League games.
Despite star man Danny Ings scoring twice, Southampton was downed 2-0 by Heung-Min Son’a quartet of goals.
Pre Match Analysis – Burnley
Burnley were set-out to press high in order to make the Foxes’ job difficult in the previous game.
They employed the zonal marking system in their high press.
This meant that Burnley’s players covered their respective area and at the same time got closer to the player in the zone.
Therefore, even though full-backs of Leicester moved higher on the pitch, the wide midfielders were marking the central midfielders who were covering for the full-backs.
Let us have a look at the statistics from their previous encounter :
1. Ball Possession : 33% vs 67%
2. Total Shots : 16 vs 14
3. Big Chances Missed : 2 vs 0
4. Corners : 4 vs 15
5. Passes : 292 vs 621
6. Interceptions: 12 vs 11
Pre Match Analysis – Southampton
Two critical factors that resulted in Southampton’s demise as the game progressed: an ineffective pressing strategy and a lack of aggression in transitions.
Spurs efficiently lay deep and invited the Saints’ midfielders and defenders into their half.
Afterwards, a simple long ball was played which Heung-Min Son or Lucas Moura caught with their pace and created chances.
The statistics of the match are given below :
1. Ball Possession : 52% vs 48%
2. Total Shots : 14 vs 9
3. Goalkeeper Saves : 1 vs 5
4. Counter Attacks : 0 vs 2
5. Long Balls Accuracy : 19/58 (33%) vs 25/63 (40%)
6. Clearances : 7 vs 21
Expected Lineups – Burnley
Manager Sean Dyche is known to utilize the conventional 4-4-2 setup for his Burnley the most.
Nick Pope, last season’s runner up in clean sheets kept category, will start as the #1 and the last line of defence.
The Clarets will have a selection dilemma as their first choice centre back pairing is out injured.
Jimmy Dunne and Kevin Long will hence be starting in the heart of the defence.
They will be flanked by the experienced Phil Bardsley on the right and by Charlie Taylor, who won 8 out of 9 total duels attempted, on the left.
The young Josh Brownhill would be paired with the club captain Ashley Westwood in the central midfield. Robbie Brady will be missing out as he suffered a rib injury against Spurs and Erik Pieters is likely to start as the wide midfielder along with the talented Dwight McNeil. The dynamic duo of Jay Rodriguez and Chris Wood will be shouldering the responsibility of scoring goals for their as the fowards.
Player Injuries – Robbie Brady (ribs), Ben Mee (hamstring), Jack Cork (ankle), Johann Berg Gudmundsson (knee), Ashley Barnes (groin), James Tarkowski (toe)
Expected Lineups – Southampton
The Saints are also expected to be in 4-4-2 formation on Saturday as they visit Turf Moor.
Alex McCarthy will be the starting between the sticks after his success in the league in 2019/20.
Kyle Walker-Peters and Ryan Bertrand would be starting as the dangerous full-backs to provide attacking threat and defensive support.
The strongest centre back pairing of Jan Bednarek and Jack Stephens will be finding a place in the starting XI as well.
Oriol Romeu and the English international Jack Ward-Prowse would be stationed in the central midfield.
Moussa Djenepo and Stuart Armstrong will act as the inverted wingers on the flanks while Che Adams and Danny Ings will be spearheading the Saints’ attack.
Nathan Redmond (ankle), Mohammed Salisu (match fitness)
Our Predictions – Burnley vs Southampton
Burnley 1 – 2 Southampton
While Burnley will find the back of the net courtesy of the ever consistent Chris Wood, Southampton’s attack will be too handle for the Clarets’ defence.
Stuart Armstrong is long overdue a goal and we expect him to get on the scoresheet along with the deadly Danny Ings.
Where and When To Watch – Burnley vs Southampton
England – Sky Sports, BBC at 8:00 pm (GMT) on 26th September.
India – Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar at 12:30 am (IST) on 27th September.
If you like the article, share it with your friends by clicking the icon appearing on the left sidebar.
Subscribe to us by clicking on the Subscribe Button below for getting instant updates about your favourite club.