Get set for the return of the Premier League, as Southampton begin the 2019/20 campaign with a trip to Turf Moor to face Burnley. Check out our Match Pack in association with eToro for all the information you need ahead of the big kick-off…
Burnley vs Southampton
Saturday 10th August, 3pm BST
Referee: Graham Scott
Assistants: Neil Davies, Andy Garratt
Fourth official: Ross Joyce
VAR: Peter Bankes
Assistant VAR: Derek Eaton
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
It’s the opening weekend of the Premier League season and time to put into practice all the work on the training ground over the past six weeks.
Both teams were separated by just one point last season and both games were drawn, so this has all the makings of a closely-fought contest.
Southampton have added to their ranks with three summer signings in striker Ché Adams, winger Moussa Djenepo and defender Kevin Danso.
Danso will not link up with his new teammates in time to feature, but Saints boss Ralph Hasenhüttl has no shortage of options with no injury concerns.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche added four senior players to his squad in the transfer window, including deadline day signing Danny Drinkwater on loan from Chelsea.
Former Saint Jay Rodriguez is also among the new boys, while Nick Pope is expected to start in goal after Tom Heaton left for Aston Villa. Robbie Brady and Steven Defour are sidelined by injury, but James Tarkowski has been passed fit.
FC Köln (h) W 2-0 (Ings pen, Højbjerg)
Feyenoord (a) W 3-1 (Adams, Yoshida, Boufal)
Guangzhou R&F (n) W 4-0 (Adams, Long, Valery, Klarer)
Preston (a) W 3-1 (Ings 2, Vokins)
SCR Altach (a) D 1-1 (Adams)
Parma (h) W 2-0 (Rodriguez 2)
OGC Nice (h) W 6-1 (Wood 3, Hendrick, Gudmundsson, Rodriguez)
Wigan (a) D 2-2 (Rodriguez, McNeil)
Fleetwood (a) W 2-0 (Koiki, Wood)
Port Vale (a) W 3-1 (Wood, Vydra, Brady)
Ralph Hasenhüttl: "I think we had a good fundamental basis last season and built it up, and we now try to improve a few steps, put a few new things in and try to improve, to play quicker in front, to minimise the risk, don't give away goals so easily.
“I think the pre-season games were positive, the results were ok, but it was only pre-season. It's nice to see, but nobody knows exactly how good we are, and now it's about getting results.”
Sean Dyche: “I’m pleased overall, and with many things. It’s nice to get the results and the winning mentality going, but you do want to be happy with the fitness and organisation and all the good habits.
“We’ve ended pre-season stronger and we expected that. There’s been more energy and now we’ve added that real edge to performances, and that’s by design.”
ONE TO WATCH
Ché Adams: The striker has taken no time to settle into his new surroundings, scoring three goals in four pre-season appearances and making a habit of making his mark early in games.
The 23-year-old is itching for his first taste of the Premier League, having started out in non-league football, and will be dreaming of a debut goal at Turf Moor.
Jay Rodriguez: Back in the top flight after a year in the Championship, Rodriguez bagged 22 goals last season but could not help propel West Brom back into the Premier League.
Now back at his hometown club where his career began, the former Saint has four goals in his last three pre-season appearances and will be keen to make an impression on his second Burnley debut.
Based on 2018/19 stats, inclusive of all competitions
Nathan Redmond 9
Danny Ings 8
James Ward-Prowse 7
Nathan Redmond 6
Danny Ings 3
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg 3
Ashley Barnes 13
Chris Wood 13
Sam Vokes 4
Ashley Westwood 7
Johann Gudmundsson 6
Dwight McNeil 5
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
February 2019: Burnley 1-1 Saints (Redmond)
August 2018: Saints 0-0 Burnley
February 2018: Burnley 1-1 Saints (Gabbiadini)
November 2017: Saints 0-1 Burnley
January 2017: Burnley 1-0 Saints
DID YOU KNOW?
- The last two meetings between Burnley and Southampton at Turf Moor have finished 1-1, with Southampton netting a 90th minute equaliser in February 2018 and Burnley netting a 90th minute equaliser in February 2019.
- Burnley have only won one of their five MD1 matches in the Premier League (D1 L3) and have lost both such matches played at Turf Moor.
- Under Ralph Hasenhüttl, Nathan Redmond has been involved in more Premier League goals than any other Southampton player (10 – 6 goals, 4 assists).
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