Southampton are back in Premier League action on Sunday afternoon and will be looking to secure a crucial win against Burnley.
Saints and the Clarets sit just one place apart in the table and the result of this match could be crucial for the prospects of each side between now and the end of the season.
Earlier this season, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men claimed a 1-0 win at Turf Moor that would send them on a run towards the very top of the Premier League table.
They will be wanting to record another victory this time around but will be well aware of the task ahead of them – especially after Burnley’s 2-1 win at St Mary’s last season.
Southampton set to welcome Ings, Walcott back
In his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday, Ralph Hasenhuttl confirmed that he will be able to bring Danny Ings and Theo Walcott back into his matchday squad after they returned to training during the international break.
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James Ward-Prowse picked up a minor calf injury and was sent home by England as a precaution last week but is in contention to play against Burnley – a game that would mark the 100th straight Saints game that he has played in. He will be assessed after Saturday’s training and a decision on his fitness will be made accordingly.
International trips and game time will also need to be taken into account as tomorrow’s team is put together. Michael Obafemi, Oriol Romeu and Will Smallbone are all long-term absentees.
Burnley will have former Saints man Jack Cork and defender Charlie Taylor back in their plans after their returns from injury were confirmed ahead of this game.
Ashley Barnes, Kevin Long and Robbie Brady are all set to be missing as Sean Dyche works out his selection for the trip to the South Coast.
Predicted Saints line-up
Fraser Forster; Kyle Walker-Peters, Jan Bednarek, Jannik Vestergaard, Ryan Bertrand; James Ward-Prowse, Ibrahima Diallo; Stuart Armstrong, Theo Walcott; Danny Ings, Che Adams
Ings, Walcott and Ward-Prowse could all start, but Hasenhuttl has some strong options all-round as his side hit a vital stage of their campaign.