Southampton vs Burnley
2018/19 English Premier League
Date: Sunday, 12 August 2018
Kick-off at 13:30 UK/ 14:30 CET
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium (Southampton).
After edging past relegation threat last season, Southampton seek for green patch under Mark Hughes, who took over the team in March.
On the other hand, Burnley are looking to emulate their success last season, finished 7th and qualified for the Europa League.
Mark Hughes made some expensive purchases this summer after Dusan Tadic, Soufiane Boufal and Jordi Clasie left the club.
The major arrivals are 23 year old winger Mohamed Elyounoussi for £16 million and towering defender Jannik Vestergaard from Gladbach for £22. I am afraid, if this is enough to strengthen a squad struggled at the foot of the table last season.
Burnley meanwhile, decided to stick with their best resources, with Matej Vydra and Ben Gibson who played their trade in Championship last season along with ex-England international Joe Hart being their only arrivals.
Southampton vs Burnley Head-to-head
- Burnley are unbeaten in the last three Premier League meetings with Southampton, 2 wins and 1 draw.
- Last season, the Clarets won 1-0 away at the St. Mary’s and the reverse leg late that year saw a 1-1 stalemate.
- However, the Saints have a strong home record against Burnley after bagging 4 wins from the last 5 meetings, while losing the other, which was this corresponding fixture of last season.
- Five of their last six h2h meetings at the St. Mary’s saw over 1.5 goals.
Southampton vs Burnley Prediction
Burnley have had a couple of competitive games under their belt and they have the luxury of better match fitness over their matchday 1 opponent.
Besides, Sean Dyche have retained most of the key players that helped the team to qualify for Europa League last season and this team’s fighting spirit is impeccable.
On the contrary, I am unsure of Mark Hughes after he had limited budget in the transfer market to strengthen an ailing squad.
It is a fact that his teams are known for making slow starts to Premier League campaign and by the look of pre-season results, a similar one is on the card for Sunday.
Making use of these two assessments, it will be wise to back Burnley to avoid a heavy defeat in Sunday’s season opener.
Southampton vs Burnley Betting Tips
Burnley to Score at least one goal (Burnley Over 0.5 team goal) @ 5/7 (1.71).
3-Way Handicap – Burnley +1 @ 1/1 (2.00) odd.
Total Match goals – Over 1.5 @ 4/9 (1.44).