Match Pack: Saints vs Burnley

By SFC Media time Fri 14 Feb Saints v Burnley

Southampton are back in Premier League action against Burnley at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday. Get ready for the game with our Match Pack, in association with eToro...

THE MATCH

Southampton v Burnley
St Mary’s Stadium
Saturday 15th February, 12:30pm GMT

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Simon Hooper 
Assistants: Simon Beck, Derek Eaton
Fourth official: Kevin Friend
VAR: Michael Oliver
Assistant VAR: Gary Beswick

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Before the winter break, both sides had moved themselves up to mid-table, following a mixed start to the campaign.

Saints will want to re-find the form they enjoyed over the festive period, before the defeat to Liverpool, where they had lost just once in seven league games.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18: during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers  at St Marys Stadium on January 18, 2020 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Saints are back in Premier League action at St Mary's for the first time since 18 January.   

Burnley’s last three league games yielded seven points from difficult opposition; Arsenal, Manchester United and Leicester City.

With both sides having identical records except for goal difference, Saturday's contest is all about who can, potentially, climb into 10th place at the full-time whistle.

TEAM NEWS

Ralph Hasenhüttl is hopeful James Ward-Prowse will be fit for Saturday after suffering a laceration on his knee in the FA Cup replay against Tottenham Hotspur.

The manager also shared on a potential debut for January signing Kyle Walker-Peters, as well as a long awaited return for fellow full-back Yan Valery.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 05: James Ward-Prowse of Southampton goes down with an injury during the FA Cup Fourth Round Replay match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on February 05, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/SouthamptonFC via Getty Images)
James Ward-Prowse hopes to be back for Saturdays clash against Burnley

Opposition manager Sean Dyche will be without midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson and striker Ashley Barnes.

Both scored in the opening day fixture between the two sides at Turf Moor, with Barnes also netting four goals against Saints in as many meetings.

Full-backs Charlie Taylor and Matt Lowton are both doubts, but there might be a place in the matchday squad for January acquisition Josh Brownhill.

Form Guide

Southampton:

Tottenham (a) 2-3 (Long, Ings)
Liverpool (a) 0-4
Tottenham (h) 1-1 (Boufal) FA Cup
Crystal Palace (a) 2-0 (Redmond, Armstrong)
Wolves (h) 2-3 (Bednarek, Long)

Burnley:

Arsenal (h) 0-0
Norwich (h) 1-2 (Pieters) FA Cup
Man Utd (a) 2-0 (Wood, Rodriguez)
Leicester City (h) 2-1 (Wood, Westwood)
Chelsea (a) 0-3

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THE MANAGERS

Ralph Hasenhüttl:
“It is always difficult to play against Burnley. We lost 3-0 and we know how tough it always is. I think we want to show that we are better now than we were at the beginning of the season.”

Sean Dyche:
"They (Southampton) seem to have been galvanised in recent months, they have had a change in tactic to a 4-4-2, getting the ball forward a bit quicker and a shift in energy."

ONES TO WATCH

Danny Ings:
 The former Burnley man has five goals in Saints' last seven home outings, and will be looking to add to a seasonal tally of 17 (14 in the league) that has helped propel Saints up the table, and put him in contention for the Premier League's golden boot.

Danny Ings
Attack stats
goalGoals
17
Total shots
60
Shots on target
36
Conversion rate
28%
Mins per goal
117
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Chris Wood: The clarets top goal scorer has been in form since the turn of the year with three goals and an assist in his last five Premier League ties.

His last away outing in the league saw him return with a goal and assist in Burnley's 2-0 win against Manchester United.

TOP PERFORMERS:


Southampton:

Goals
Danny Ings 17
Nathan Redmond 4
James Ward-Prowse 4

Assists
James Ward-Prowse 4
Jack Stephens 3
Danny Ings 3

James Ward-Prowse
Distribution stats
Passes completed
1K
Crosses
53
Assists
4
Chances created
51
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Burnley:

Goals
Chris Wood 10
Jay Rodriguez 7
Ashley Barnes 6

Assists
Ashley Westwood 5
Dwight McNeil 4
Erik Pieters 3

HEAD TO HEAD


Played 59
Saints 20
Draw 17
Burnley 22

LAST FIVE MEETINGS

August 2019: Burnley 3-0 Saints
February 2019: Burnley 1-1 Saints (Redmond)
August 2018: Saints 0-0 Burnley
February 2018: Burnley 1-1 Saints (Gabbiadini)
December 2018: Saints 0-1 Burnley

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 02: Nathan Redmond of Southampton celebrates with Jack Stephens during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Southampton FC at Turf Moor on February 02, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Nathan Redmond and Jack Stephens celebrate after the attacker puts Saints ahead in Feb 2019

DID YOU KNOW?

Danny Ings has scored 17 goals in all competitions this season – the last Southampton player to score more in a season with Saints as a top-flight club was James Beattie in 2002-03 (24).

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