Southampton vs Burnley Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Southampton vs Burnley | Saturday 21 March, 2015 | St Mary’s Stadium | 15.00
Burnley head to Southampton full of confidence after a surprise 1-0 victory over Manchester City last weekend, but an in form Saints side look set to dominate at home.
Southampton have had a rocky time lately after an excellent start to the season and now have their work cut out for them as they look to hold onto a European place.
Burnley are on a high following their shock 1-0 win against City on Saturday and will be hoping to build on that momentum when they travel to St Mary’s this weekend.
Sean Dyche’s men displayed impressive form at Turf Moor, with George Boyd’s half-volley finding the net and securing the three points against last year’s champions.
Burnley now sit just one point from safety ahead of the weekend’s trip and will be hoping that their stunning win will be the start of a gradual climb away from the drop zone.
“We are aware of the League but we don’t stare at it,” Dyche commented. “Our learning curve has to come to fruition and it has to come to fruition in the last nine games.
“We’ve got nine big games coming up and we keep working hard. The basics have to be instilled in the team and delivered.
“The one thing I’ve learned is that there is no guarantee where you get your next result. It was a good performance against City and we’re going to have to do that again.
“Southampton are a good side and have had a good season. They’ve had many players perform this season. It will be a big challenge for us.”
Defender Michael Duff, who played in place of Michael Keane against City, stated, “The result last weekend gives everyone a big lift, especially with the performance as it was, but it’s only three points.”
“I think we have surprised a few people along the way and it’s just having that belief now.”
Ronald Koeman’s men are boosted by a much-needed win against Crystal Palace as well as a draw at Chelsea on Sunday, having previously endured consecutive defeats to Liverpool and West Brom.
The Saints lost to Burnley at Turf Moor back in December when Dusan Tadic missed a penalty and Ashley Barnes went on to score the game’s only goal.
Looking ahead to Saturday’s clash, Koeman commented on the changes since the Saints’ recent poor form.
“It’s a different game, a different system that they play, more direct, and it will be difficult,” he said. “They beat us but it was not a very good game on that day. We missed a penalty and we got a stupid goal against us.
“What we do realise is that it’s a different match. Burnley are doing well the last few weeks. They had some great results against Chelsea and Man City last week and they will make it very difficult.”
Koeman will be pleased to welcome back Eljero Elia back after he missed the tie with Chelsea last weekend with an ankle injury, while Burnley’s Matt Taylor remains on the sidelines with an Achilles problem.
Southampton vs Burnley Betting Tips
Burnley may be boosted by their recent success but with the home advantage Southampton look the stronger team in this meeting.
We’re tipping a 2-1 Saints victory at 7/1 with Paddy Power, with Sadio Mane a good bet for first goal at 9/2 with Betway.