Burnley v Southampton Betting Preview: Latest odds, team news, tips and predictions

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Burnley v Southampton

Premier League: Sat, 02/02  Stadium: Turf Moor

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Bet365 have the draw at 9/4, whilst those backing Burnley’s slightly better recent form compared to the Saints can be brave and back them to win at 7/5. Over 2.5 goals is at evens, also with Bet365, and with both teams in good recent goal scoring touch looks enticing. Former Burnley striker Danny Ings can return to haunt his old club, and is good value at 13/10 with Ladbrokes to score anytime.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

Burnley v Southampton

Burnley entertain Southampton at Turf Moor on Saturday, with both teams looking to continue their recent resurgence in form and further pull away from the relegation dogfight.

 

Dyche’s men back to their best

Burnley come into this fixture of the back of an unbeaten five game league run, including three wins and two draws. That could quite easily have read four wins and a draw, as they let slip a 2-0 lead against Manchester United in midweek. Sean Dyche can still content himself with being the first team to take points off United since the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, as they came with a whisker (or seconds) of claiming a famous victory at Old Trafford. Recent games have seen Dyche’s men back to their tigerish best as witnessed in their impressive 2017-18 campaign, becoming hard to play against and able to grind down opponents again.

 

Resurgent Southampton clawing their way to safety

Burnley’s opponents have also been going through a similar purple patch – with two wins and two draws in their last four league games, Southampton have clawed themselves out of the relegation cushion and also sit on 23 points with Burnley and Crystal Palace. Manager Ralph Hassenhuttl has done an outstanding job reviving a Southampton side that was badly faltering under former manager Mark Hughes, getting the best out of the resources available to him. February is likely to be a make or break month for the charismatic manager, with fixtures against fellow relegation candidates Cardiff City and Fulham to follow, with an away trip to Arsenal making up their month’s work. The Austrian will feel if they can remain undefeated against their closest rivals and treat the Arsenal fixture as almost a free hit, they will go a long way to ensuring their safety and not offering any encouragement to the teams directly below them.

 

Crouch a left field choice?

Dyche has been active on transfer deadline day, making a surprise move for Stoke City and former England striker Peter Crouch. The tall forward comes with plenty of pedigree, with a long and distinguished career in the Premier League taken him to clubs such as Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur amongst others. A member of the PL ‘100 Goal Club’, the 38 year-old’s signing has definitely raised eyebrows, and it will be interested to see if he can adjust quickly to Burnley’s style and make an impact in their remaining fourteen games. Burnley striker Sam Vokes has moved in the opposite direction to the Potters on loan as part of the Crouch deal, with Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood the men currently in possession of the two striking berths available.

 

Another 0-0 not likely

The two teams played out a goalless and tame 0-0 draw on the opening day of the season, with goalkeeper Joe Hart producing several smart saves in the second half to keep Southampton at bay. Both teams have found their goalscoring form of late, with Burnley scoring a two goals in a single game four times in their last five fixtures, including two at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Southampton rarely keep a clean sheet but have found ways to dig out wins – ten of their last eleven games have seen the Saints score and concede in the same game. An entertaining contest seems to be on the cards, with a draw not being a bad result for either team.

Bet365 have the draw at 9/4, whilst those backing Burnley’s slightly better recent form compared to the Saints can be brave and back them to win at 7/5. Over 2.5 goals is at evens, also with Bet365, and with both teams in good recent goal scoring touch looks enticing. Former Burnley striker Danny Ings can return to haunt his old club, and is good value at 13/10 with Ladbrokes to score anytime.

*Odds correct at time of publication.

 

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