Southampton are back in action on Saturday as they welcome Burnley to St. Mary’s after an extended break that allowed the club to get fit.
The first matchup between the two did not end very well for the Saints. They lost at the Turf Moor 3-0 in the first match of the season and look to get a little pay back.
The weather is supposed to be nasty on Saturday so we are likely in for a bit of a sloppy match. I am not sure who that favors (probably no one) but the Saints will look to take all the points in this one with a full squad to choose from.
How Southampton Will Win?
The Saints are playing a completely different style of play now than they did the first matchup and play better attacking style of football. They will likely be gifted the majority of possession throughout the match and with the sloppy conditions there is a good chance of a slip up in the back.
The name of the game for Saints is finishing. Which Danny Ings knows how to do and if the rest of the team can follow suit they should be able to find the back of the net this weekend.
With Burnley’s style of play, keeping a clean sheet is paramount to winning this match. As I have said before, this is going to be a sloppy match. One goal may be all it takes to get the points in this one.
How Burnley Will Win?
Burnley will be looking to take advantage of the elements and really holding firm in the back and to take advantage of the two or three real chances they will get to counter. I think they will be happy taking a point away from this match and a win will just be icing on the cake.
Jay Rodriguez is making his return to St. Mary’s and he will undoubtedly love to score a goal against his former club. So he will be playing with a little bit of extra motivation and the Saints defense will have to make sure they keep him quiet.
Burnley, just find ways to get results so they will be fully confident that will be the case here again and they can come away from their rain soaked trip to the south coast with points.
Goalkeeper: Alex McCarthy
Defenders: Kyle Walker-Peters, Jan Bednarek, Jack Stephens, Ryan Bertrand
Midfielders: James Ward-Prowse, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg
Attacking Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong, Nathan Redmond
Strikers: Danny Ings, Shane Long
Goalkeeper: Nick Pope
Defenders: Matthew Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee, Charlie Taylor
Midfielders: Jeff Hendrick, Jack Cork, Ashley Westwood, Dwight McNeil
Strikers: Jay Rodriguez, Chris Wood
Southampton 2-0 Burnley