Turf Moor - Premier League
The Saints will come marching over the threshold of a new Premier League season at Turf Moor, as Burnley play host to Southampton on Saturday afternoon. Both sides are looking for a positive result to kick things off, after they both struggled in the early stages of the last campaign.
The last three meetings between the teams have ended all square, including a pair of 1-1 draws at Turf Moor. Burnley won back-to-back meetings before that, with Southampton’s last victory over the Clarets coming back in 2016.
Jay Rodriguez is in line to make his second debut for Burnley after rejoining the club from West Brom. Erik Pieters has also been recruited from Stoke and he could start. Steven Defour’s injury nightmare from last season continues, while James Tarkowski, Jack Cork, Robbie Brady and Kevin Long are all slight injury doubts.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl begins the new campaign with a clean bill of health, while new signings Che Adams and Moussa Djenepo could be in line to make their debuts. Danny Ings made his loan signing from Liverpool permanent over the summer, and he’s set to lead the line for the visitors this weekend.
Burnley v Southampton Preview and Predictions
Both of these clubs endured poor starts to the season last time round, which nearly contributed to them facing a campaign in the Championship. Burnley’s form was mitigated by their ill-fated quest for Europa League football, while Southampton can be optimistic after finishing the season strongly under Hasenhuttl.
Only one point separated these sides after 38 games last term, as Burnley finished a place above Southampton in 15th. The Saints failed to reach the magical 40-point mark, but their tally was enough to spare them the drop by five points.
Both teams are expected to be much stronger this term, although the two managers may be hoping they seal another arrival or two before Thursday’s transfer deadline. Burnley’s squad in particular looks as though it could use a new face or two, although Sean Dyche will make the best of his lot whatever happens.
Burnley’s home advantage means they start this game as the slight favourites with the bookmakers, priced at 7/4 for the win. Southampton are 9/5 to get their season underway with a very good three points away from home. Neither side would be too disappointed with draw to get an early point on the board, and that’s available at 9/4 in the betting.
Under 2.5 goals at 8/11
Neither of these teams set the scoring charts alight last season, both netting 45 goals at an average only slightly higher than one per game.
Draw and under 2.5 goals at 14/5
While this could be a low-scoring affair, it’s also likely to be tight, and this bet would’ve paid out in each of the last three meetings between these teams.