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Burnley vs Southampton
Saturday 24th February, 3pm GMT
Referee: Bobby Madley
Assistants: Marc Perry, Mick McDonough
Fourth official: Mike Jones
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
For Southampton, it’s a chance to climb out of the relegation zone after dropping back into the bottom three a fortnight ago.
A win would certainly see them climb out, while a point might be good enough to lift them up at least one spot.
With a potentially huge home game against 19th-placed Stoke due up a week later, three points out of the trip to Turf Moor would be a major boost for Saints.
For Burnley, while they might be seventh in the Premier League, they will also feel the need for a positive result, given it is now 11 matches across all competitions since they recorded a victory.
Burnley: The Clarets could welcome back Dean Marney and Chris Wood from knee injuries, as well as Phil Bardsley, who is back in training after a hamstring problem. James Tarkowski remains a major doubt with a groin injury, though, while Scott Arfield is also set to miss out.
Southampton: Saints are optimistic that Sofiane Boufal will be available once again, after missing last weekend’s FA Cup win at West Brom with a slight injury. Shane Long and Steven Davis, who were both absent last week too, are unlikely to be back, while Maya Yoshida is facing a couple of weeks on the sidelines, alongside long-term absentee Charlie Austin.
Burnley’s previous five:
Swansea (a) L 1-0
Man City (h) D 1-1
Newcastle (a) D 1-1
Man United (h) L 1-0
Crystal Palace (a) L 1-0
Southampton’s previous five:
West Brom (a) W 2-1 (FA Cup)
Liverpool (h) L 0-2
West Brom (a) W 3-2
Brighton (h) D 1-1
Watford (h) W 1-0 (FA Cup)
News that top scorer Chris Wood could return from injury this week will brighten Burnley’s outlook. Elsewhere, midfielder Johann Gudmundsson has been the team’s most creative force, leading the side in assists. Gudmundsson also netted in the Clarets’ previous home game, securing a 1-1 draw with leaders Manchester City.
Top scorers: Chris Wood (5), Ashley Barnes (4)
Most assists: Johann Gudmundsson (5), Robbie Brady (3), Matthew Lowton (2), Jack Cork (2)
Dušan Tadić’s goal in the FA Cup win at West Brom last weekend moved him up to joint second in the Saints scoring charts, alongside James Ward-Prowse. Both players are also tied at the head of the assist totals at Southampton.
Top scorers: Charlie Austin (6), Dušan Tadić (4), James Ward-Prowse (4)
Most assists: Ryan Bertrand (3), Nathan Redmond (3), Dušan Tadić (3), James Ward-Prowse (3)
Previous four meetings:
November 2017: Southampton 0-1 Burnley
January 2017: Burnley 1-0 Southampton
October 2016: Southampton 3-1 Burnley (Austin 2, Redmond)
March 2015: Southampton 2-0 Burnley (Long, Shackell og)
DID YOU KNOW?
– Burnley have collected fewer points in their last ten Premier League games than any other side.
– Saints haven’t lost any of their last eight Premier League games in which they’ve started the day in the relegation zone (W4 D4).
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