Southampton head to Burnley on Saturday searching for their first win of the 2020/21 Premier League season. All you need to know ahead of kick-off with our Match Pack, in association with eToro...
Burnley vs Southampton
Saturday 26 September, 8pm BST
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Scott Ledger, Adrian Holmes
Fourth official: Michael Oliver
VAR: Mike Dean
Assistant VAR: Andy Halliday
WHICH KIT WILL SAINTS BE WEARING?
Saints will be wearing their white with red trim third kit for the trip to Lancashire.
HOW TO WATCH
Supporters with a Sky Sports subscription will be able to watch the match on Sky Sports Main Event (401) or Sky Sports Premier League (402).
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Both sides are looking to register their first wins of the 2020/21 Premier League season, although the Clarets have only played once so far in the league.
Coming away from Leicester with a 4-2 defeat last weekend, Sean Dyche’s side will be looking to mark their first home game with a victory.
For Saints, back-to-back defeats at the hands of Crystal Palace and Tottenham has made it a difficult start, and they’ll be looking to kickstart their campaign on Saturday night with what would be a first win at Turf Moor since 2007.
There are no fresh injury concerns for Ralph Hasenhüttl, but Saints will still be unable to call upon the services of Nathan Redmond due to the ankle injury that saw him miss the clash with Tottenham last weekend.
It's a different story for the hosts, who could be without up to half-a-dozen players due to injury. Former Saints Jay Rodriguez and Jack Cork will miss the clash against their former employers, with James Tarkowski and Robbie Brady facing late fitness tests to decipher their availability.
Also sidelined are Ben Mee, Ashley Barnes and Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson.
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “We are a little bit critical when we watch our performance because we know the level that we have shown at the end of last season.
“We are not that happy to see us playing – even in the first half [against Tottenham], when we definitely didn’t play bad, was still not the way we can play. We can still be calmer and more efficient in our game with the ball.”
Sean Dyche: "It won't be just about Ingsy, they proved that after lockdown last season. They are a good group with a good energy about them.
"Ingsy had a great season last year and is a good player but they have more than that. We have to be tuned into the whole performance and that is what we will be looking to do."
ONES TO WATCH
Dale Stephens: The former Brighton midfielder only joined the club on Thursday, but the experienced 31-year-old could offer some added creativity in the middle of the park.
With 99 Premier League appearances to his name, Stephens will be keen to make a good impression on what would be his debut should he feature, as hinted by manager Sean Dyche.
Danny Ings: Southampton’s talisman grabbed a brace against Tottenham last weekend, as he looks to emulate last season’s 22-goal haul in the Premier League.
Now facing his former club – against whom he scored in the meeting at St Mary’s last season – a continuation of last weekend's performance may be vital if Saints are to pick up all three points.
Matej Vydra 2
Chris Wood 1
Josh Brownhill 1
Chris Wood 1
Jay Rodriguez 1
Dwight McNeil 1
Danny Ings 2
Kyle Walker-Peters 1
HEAD TO HEAD
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
February 2020: Saints 1-2 Burnley (Ings)
August 2019: Burnley 3-0 Saints
February 2019: Burnley 1-1 Saints (Redmond)
August 2018: Burnley 0-0 Saints
February 2018: Burnley 1-1 Saints (Gabbiadini)
DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton are unbeaten in their last five evening kick-offs in the Premier League (7pm or later), winning three and drawing two.
- Since the start of last season, Danny Ings has scored 24 of Southampton’s 53 Premier League goals (45%).
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