Southampton vs Burnley: Can Saints bounce back after two losses?

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.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – AUGUST 10: Southampton striker Danny Ings in action during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Southampton FC at Turf Moor on August 10, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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.

Predicted Lineups

Southampton: 4-2-2-2

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

Burnley: 4-4-2

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

Predicted Score:

Southampton 2-0 Burnley