The Saints have surrendered their top four position following three back-to-back defeats in the Premier League. They will be looking to get their season back on track with a win on Saturday afternoon.
Southampton started their season in tremendous form, however they have now failed to register a single win for over a month and have fallen out of the top four in the Premier League as a result.
Ok so their defeats have been to Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City, however Ronald Koeman’s side desperately need the win which would keep them in touch with the leading sides and they can achieve this at Burnley this weekend.
The momentum at St Mary’s has been severely dented by injuries to key players recently, however confidence can be somewhat restored with three points this weekend against a Clarets side who have managed a mere two wins so far this term and who remain stuck in the relegation zone.
Burnley suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of QPR in their last outing and will therefore be in extremely low spirits coming into this clash. The side are the Premier League’s lowest scoring team, however they did manage to get onto the scoresheet in four successive matches prior to their defeat at Loftus Road on saturday.
A home win could see them exit the bottom three this weekend, however manager Sean Dyche will be eyeing the fixtures leading up towards Christmas and will perhaps be eager to build up a head of steam as the festive period approaches.
Dyche will likely field the same starting eleven as that which lost last weekend, Stephen Ward, Sam Vokes and Matthew Taylor all being sidelined with injury problems. The visitors will be without Jay Rodriguez, Sam Gallagher, Jack Cork and perhaps Toby Alderweireld for this match.
The Clarets have failed to register a single victory over Southampton since 2008 and judging by current form, we don’t anticipate this situation changing at the final whistle on Saturday.
With the Clarets the lowest scorers in the top flight and the Saints boasting the league’s strongest defence, this match should be as one-sided as the statistics would suggest. Nevertheless, Burnley will be no pushovers and the Saints will be forced to work hard for their points.
Southampton are specialists at grinding out wins by a one-goal margin, five out of their last eight victories finishing this way and we expect that trend to continue at Turf Moor at odds of 13/5 with BetVictor.
Graziano Pelle scored the Saints’ only goal in their defeat to Manchester City and the Italian offers decent value at 13/8 to get his name onto the scoresheet once again this weekend.
Our betting tips
Southampton victory by single goal – BetVictor 13/5
Anytime Goalscorer, Graziano Pelle – Betfair 13/8
Under 2.5 Goals – BetVictor 4/5