Premier League Preview and Prediction: Southampton vs Burnley

Competition: Major League Soccer – Southampton vs. Burnley

Venue: St Mary’s Stadium – Sunday, October 16 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Southampton 4/11 – Draw 18/5 – Burnley 8/1

Match Preview

Southampton welcome Burnley to St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon as they look to stretch their unbeaten run to four in the Premier League.

The Saints drew 0-0 at Leicester before the international break but had won back-to-back games against Swansea and West Ham before that and look to be improving under Claude Puel.

They enter the weekend in 10th place but have a squad capable of challenging for European football once again. They need to be winning games like this one to prove they are a force to be reckoned with.

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Southampton are unbeaten in eight Premier League home games coming into the match but have already had to settle for frustrating home draws against Watford and Sunderland this season, so they must be more clinical in front of their own supporters.

For Burnley, it’s a tough away game in which little is expected of them. Sean Dyche’s men have yet to score a goal away from home this season and are taking on a Saints team that hasn’t conceded in 540 minutes of league action.

Burnley were harshly beaten by Arsenal thanks to a controversial late Koscielny goal in their last game but they beat Watford 2-0 before that and need to continue fighting for each other if they are to stay up this year.

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They come into this week’s action in 14th place and need to try and stay out of the bottom three for as long as possible to keep pressure off the squad.

This will be just the third Premier League game between these two sides, with each team winning once when they met over the course of the 2014/15 campaign.

Team News

Southampton will be without fullback’s Ryan Bertrand and Cedric Soares, who join Florin Gardos, Jeremy Pied and Sofiane Boufal on the injury list. Charlie Austin is expected to lead the attack ahead of Shane Long once again.

Burnley will be without star striker Andre Gray, who is serving the third of his four-game suspension this weekend. Ashley Barnes is Sean Dyche’s only injury worry.

Key Points

Southampton’s last five: D/L/W/W/D

Burnley’s last five: L/D/L/W/L

Key Stat: Southampton are unbeaten in their last eight home games in the Premier League and have beaten Burnley in each of the last three meetings at St Mary’s.

Key Player: Dusan Tadic – The Serbian playmaker has been in good form for club and country and helped his nation to victory by scoring in both games over the international break. He’ll be tasked with breaking down the Burnley backline on Sunday and should succeed in doing so, given his excellent vision.

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Score Prediction

Southampton 1-0 Burnley – The Saints have a great defensive run going and are unlikely to concede to a team that has yet to score an away goal in the league this term. There might not be many goals here, but the Saints are a stronger side and should have enough to seal all three points.

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MLSGB Premier League Predictions: Gameweek 30 – Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea to win

The Premier League is heading towards its finale with each game becoming more important by the day. The weekend’s action gets underway on Saturday lunchtime when Manchester City welcome West Brom to the Etihad Stadium. The game of the weekend sees Liverpool take on Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday afternoon before Chelsea travel to Hull, while QPR host Everton to conclude a crucial round of fixtures.

It’s down to a member of the MLSGB team to try and correctly call the results of all ten games. Last time out Jamie Ives predicted five correct results, with no perfect scores. Zack Walford puts his neck on the line this week in an attempt to try and predict the outcome of every match. Here are this week’s predictions:

Saturday, March 21 (All kickoffs are 15:00 unless stated otherwise)

Manchester City vs. West Brom (12:45)

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West Brom have been defensively sound since Tony Pulis has taken the reigns at The Hawthorns but I expect a backlash from Manchester City after going out to Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday. But not too many goals will be the difference.

Prediction: Manchester City 2-1 West Brom


Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City

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Leicester have had a lot of lows this season, but one of the few highs for the Foxes was a win at White Hart Lane in the FA Cup earlier in the year. But I expect Tottenham to beat Leicester this time round after their embarrassing display at Old Trafford last time out.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Leicester City


Aston Villa vs. Swansea City

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If Paul Lambert was still in charge, I would say Swansea would grab an easy win, but now Tim Sherwood is at the helm, the Villains have been playing with some confidence. Sherwood has got Christian Benteke scoring as he showed with his double away at Sunderland last weekend. A pacey attack could be too much for the Swans, but I expect a fight from Garry Monk’s men. I am going for a draw.

Prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 Swansea City


West Ham vs. Sunderland (17:30)

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Sunderland have a new head coach in charge with Dutchman Dick Advocaat coming in after Gus Poyet’s dismissal on Monday. West Ham haven’t quite hit the ground running since the turn of the year, after an excellent start to the season. I think Sunderland will get the charm a new man in charge quite often has and they will earn a vital away win to ease their relegation worries.

Prediction: West Ham 1-2 Sunderland


Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace

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Two teams that have looked great since the beginning of January. Stoke have a terrific home record against tough opposition having beaten Arsenal and drawing against Manchester United this year, but have slipped up against teams who are lower than them, including defeats to Leicester and Aston Villa. Crystal Palace have been good away from home in all competitions under Alan Pardew claiming a memorable win against Southampton in the FA Cup and beating West Ham at Upton Park. It’s too hard to call but I reckon Palace will just sneak it.

Prediction: Stoke City 0-1 Crystal Palace


Southampton vs. Burnley

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Just when you write Burnley off and say they are definitely relegated, they go and grab a draw at Manchester City then draw away at Chelsea. How many teams in the bottom half of the table can say they have done that? Southampton may not be a bridge too far. But a creditable draw last time out for the Saints at Stamford Bridge slowly puts them back in the top four mix. I think Southampton will just knick it.

Prediction: Southampton 1-0 Burnley


Newcastle vs. Arsenal

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Newcastle haven’t managed to string themselves together since John Carver took over as interim head coach. Arsene Wenger has an impressive record against Newcastle to keep up. Also, Olivier Giroud likes scoring against the Magpies.

Prediction: Newcastle 0-3 Arsenal


Sunday, March 21

Liverpool vs. Manchester United (13:30)

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One of the biggest fixtures in English football takes place on Sunday afternoon with both teams fighting for top four supremacy. Liverpool are the form team of 2015 and haven’t lost in the Premier League since the defeat at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture back in mid-December. Manchester United are confident after disposing of Tottenham at the weekend and have only picked up four wins away from home this season, which is a relatively poor return for the Champions of two years ago. I think Liverpool will get the better of the Red Devils.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United


Hull City vs. Chelsea (16:00)

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Both teams are coming off a draw last weekend. For Hull City it’s all about survival and being able to play Premier League football next season, Chelsea have title ambitions. With Hull losing Nikica Jelevic out through injury it’s hard to see where the goals are going to come from. I can’t see anything but an away win.

Prediction: Hull City 0-2 Chelsea


QPR vs. Everton (16:00)

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Queens Park Rangers are in a poor position in the league and Chris Ramsey hasn’t quite steered them to safety as he would have liked. This a fixture he will be hoping to hurt a vulnerable Everton who are coming off a defeat in Ukraine on Thursday night that saw their Europa League dreams dashed and will be looking to bounce back and try and charge up the table after quite frankly an underachieving season for the Toffees. I think QPR will do well to get a draw, but I have to back Everton.

Prediction: QPR 1-3 Everton


What do you think will happen in the Premier League this weekend?