It’s an emphatic return to Premier League action this weekend as Southampton host Burnley at St Mary’s Stadium. Get ready for the fixture with our Match Pack, in association with eToro…
Southampton vs Burnley
St Mary’s Stadium
Sunday 4 April, 12pm GMT
Referee: Andre Marriner
Assistants: Scott Ledger, Derek Eaton
Fourth official: Simon Hooper
VAR: Jonathan Moss
Assistant VAR: Andy Halliday
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Before the international break, Southampton booked their place in the Emirates FA Cup Semi Finals.
The competition has been a light in a difficult 2021 for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side, but attention now shifts back to the Premier League.
Saints and Burnley sit side-by-side in the current Premier League standings, with both teams on 33 points.
Saints will be looking for their first league win since January 4, where a Danny Ings goal was the difference against former club Liverpool.
Burnley have seen on a resurgence in recent weeks and will be looking for back-to-back away league wins for the first time since July 2020.
With just seven points separating the two sides from the relegation zone, three points on Sunday would be huge for either side.
It’s been a difficult start to 2021 for many Saints players, but things are finally starting to look up.
Both Theo Walcott and Danny Ings have returned to training and could be in contention to feature against Burnley.
Captain James Ward-Prowse left the England camp early with a calf problem, missing their victory over Poland in the week.
It doesn’t look too severe though, and it is hoped he will be an option for the Easter Sunday clash.
For Burnley, Jack Cork is likely to return against his former club with Charlie Taylor also returning to action for the Clarets.
Ashley Barnes, Kevin Long and Robbie Brady will all miss Burnley’s trip to Saints through injury.
Bournemouth (a) 3-0 (Djenepo, Redmond) FA Cup
Brighton & Hove Albion (h) 1-2 (Adams)
Manchester City (a) 5-2 (Ward-Prowse, Adams)
Sheffield United (a) 0-2 (Ward-Prowse, Adams)
Everton (a) 1-0
Everton (a) 1-2 (Wood, McNeil)
Arsenal (h) 1-1 (Wood)
Leicester (h) 1-1 (Vydra)
Tottenham (a) 4-0
West Brom (h) 0-0
Ralph Hasenhüttl: “We expect a much tougher game now against Burnley, but (we must have) the same behaviours and same effort, then we have a chance to win against them.
We have shown the last time we played against them that we have a chance to win against them, and this should be a signal for us.”
Sean Dyche: “But I am still here and I have said that for many years over many different connections in all sorts of situations.
I focus on what the next job in hand is and that is working hard with these players to make sure we continue our journey in the Premier League.”
ONES TO WATCH
Ché Adams: Adams went into the international break having scored in all three of Southampton’s recent Premier League games, and he continued to shine on the international stage.
Adams scored an absolute screamer for Scotland against the Faroe Islands. Full of confidence – can he continue his impressive form against Burnley?
Chris Wood: Wood has scored in both of Burnley’s previous two Premier League fixtures, including a shock 2-1 victory over Everton.
Danny Ings 9
James Ward-Prowse 8
Ché Adams 7
Ward-Prowse, Armstrong 5
Chris Wood 6
Matēj Vydra 4
Rodriguez, Barnes 3
Jay Rodriguez 4
Dwight McNeil 3
Ashley Westwood 2
HEAD TO HEAD
DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton won the reverse fixture against Burnley 1-0 in September, ending a run of seven league games without a win against the Clarets (D3 L4). They’ve not done the league double over Burnley since the 1970-71 campaign.
- Southampton striker Danny Ings has scored in each of his last three Premier League appearances against sides he’s previously played for in the competition, including a goal in each of his last two games against Burnley. Only three players have scored in four consecutive Premier League games against former sides – Robbie Keane in 2004, Jermain Defoe in 2009 and Wilfried Bony in 2017
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