Desperate to make a return to winning ways and find a surprise route back into the top half, Southampton will welcome Burnley to St. Mary’s on Saturday lunchtime.
Eventually hit with a 3-2 defeat away at Tottenham in an FA Cup thriller last week, the Saints have begun to show some minor signs of a struggle since completing what was a remarkable turnaround at the back end of last year.
On the flip side, unlucky to have not snatched all three points off of Arsenal at Turf Moor a fortnight ago, Burnley find only their goal difference keeping them out of the top half after picking up back-to-back victories against Manchester United and Leicester last month.
Finding a route away from any shock relegation scrap, the Clarets will also be boosted by their most recent meetings against Saturday’s hosts.
Picking up what was a thumping 3-0 victory when the two sides faced off earlier in the season, Sean Dyche’s men are unbeaten in their last six Premier League matchups against Southampton.
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A tale of two halves for Southampton
Although Southampton may have put in a rugged display in North London last weekend, the Saints’ FA Cup journey came to an end in a rather dramatic style.
Hit with a 3-2 defeat against Spurs on the road, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men have briefly come crashing back down to earth after what was a stunning charge up the table entering 2020.
Also watching runaway leaders Liverpool pick up a routine 4-0 win at Anfield earlier in the month, the former RB Leipzig boss has seen his side win just one of their last five appearances.
However, although Saturday’s hosts might be dealing with some recent issues at the back, fans around St. Mary’s will be excited by what has become a remarkable purple patch for Danny Ings.
Finding the net against Spurs last week, Southampton’s leading marksman has scored 17 goals in all competitions in 2019-20, the most by a Southampton player in a single season since 2013.
The 27-year-old can be found at 1/1 with William Hill to extend on his tally this weekend.
“We did enough to edge it”
While Sean Dyche might have been the first to admit that his side deserved more than a single point against Arsenal last time out, Burnley’s shock back-to-back wins over Manchester United and Leicester has certainly improved the mood around Turf Moor.
Collecting seven points out of a possible nine against some of the Premier League’s heavy-hitters over the past month, fans around Lancashire now find their side sat within touching distance of breaking into the top-10.
While Southampton might have one leading marksman who has continued to take the Premier League by storm, Burnley have their own attacking MVP leading their top half charge.
Finding the net in back-to-back victories against Leicester and Manchester United, New Zealand international Chris Wood has bagged 10 top-flight goals this season and is the only player at Turf Moor to reach double digits.
Likely to lead the line with strike partner and former Saints star Jay Rodriguez, Wood can be found priced at 2/1 with Coral to find the net at St. Mary’s this weekend.