The international break is finally over and Southampton are ready to get back in action on Sunday against Burnley in what may be a 6-pointer.
Southampton will look to repeat the result from earlier this season against Burnley but maybe make if more comfortable than a 1-0 victory.
The two clubs are not only on points but also goal differential and this is a big chance for one of them to separate themselves from the bottom of the table.
Southampton are coming off a win in the FA Cup now they need a win in the League. Let us see how they can get it done.
How Southampton Will Win
Danny Ings will likely return and that is a huge boost for the Saints as they need his goal-scoring pretty desperately. I think the key to this match for Southampton is they need to find a second goal.
One goal is not going to get it done this time around so they need to push for two. The game against Bournemouth the went out and scored 3 so they are capable of scoring they just need to finish the chances they get.
I see a goal coming from each striker and they will get it done this time and get the two goals and three points.
How Burnley Will Win
Burnley will need to take advantage of the Saint’s poor form in the league. I think the key for Burnley is to score the first goal.
If they can do that, they can sit back and defend and watch Southampton struggle to break down their low block.
That is the gameplan to beat Southampton is sit back, hit on the counter, and repeat. It has worked for a lot of teams this year and Burnley know how to do it just about as well as anyone. I do not think this will be the most exciting match but I suspect both teams will score.
Goalkeeper: Alex McCarthy
Defenders: Kyle Walker-Peters, Jan Bednarek, Jannik Vestergaard, Ryan Bertrand
Midfielders: James Ward-Prowse, Ibrahima Diallo
Attacking Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong, Nathan Redmond
Strikers: Che Adams, Danny Ings
Goalkeeper: Nick Pope
Defenders: Erik Pieters, Ben Mee, James Tarkowski, Matthew Lowton
Midfielders: Dwight McNeil, Josh Brownhill, Ashley Westwood, Johann Gudmundsson
Forwards: Chris Wood, Matej Vydra
Southampton 2-0 Burnley