Kick-off: 1230, 15/02/2020
Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium
TV: BT Sport
Southampton and Burnley are both nicely clear of the relegation zone this season and that could set things up for a positive contest at St Mary’s Stadium.
Saints have won seven of their last 12 Premier League matches, scoring more than once in all bar one of those games.
The Clarets went into their winter break having picked up seven points from three games against Leicester, Manchester United and Arsenal.
All that points towards this being an entertaining encounter, so 19/20 for over 2.5 goals appeals as an initial Southampton vs Burnley prediction.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton’s rest period was delayed by an FA Cup defeat at Tottenham, but that was another bold showing from Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
Goals from Shane Long and Danny Ings put Saints 2-1 up in London, but Spurs eventually prevailed 3-2 via an 87th-minute penalty.
Nathan Redmond told the club website: “Those minor instances and little lapses in concentration in games cost you against teams who have amazing quality.
“We’ve shown a good performance and I think we were the better of the two sides, but there’s lessons to learn.
“There’s a lot to look back on and we want to show how hard we’ve been working in the last few months to turn our season around.”
Saints will be hoping to get off to a good start in this fixture, as they have only conceded one first-half goal in eight league games.
Their opponents have netted just a single strike before the break in 13 top-flight fixtures, so 5/4 for the hosts to be ahead at the interval stands out from the Southampton vs Burnley odds.
Last Southampton EPL line-up: McCarthy, Stephens, Bertrand, Bednarek, Djenepo, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Hojbjerg, Long, Ings.
Southampton are hopeful James Ward-Prowse will overcome a nasty leg injury. Kyle Walker-Peters, who joined on loan from Spurs last month, could make his Saints debut.
A Look At Burnley’s Betting Odds
Sean Dyche should have enjoyed Burnley’s break after following up Premier League wins over Leicester and United with a draw against Arsenal.
It could have been even better, as Jay Rodriguez should have punished the Gunners with a 72nd-minute drive that ricocheted off the underside of the bar and bounced on the goal-line before being hacked to safety.
James Tarkowski and Jeff Hendrick had earlier gone close, while Rodriguez was also guilty of spurning a good opportunity prior to his late near-miss.
Dyche said: “When you come away having played like that against a top side, there’s an edge to your thinking that you should have won.
“But it’s another clean sheet and another point to make it seven from three games available – and it continually shows that the players are ready for the challenge.”
One stat Dyche will be worried about, though, is how vulnerable the Clarets tend to be between the 30-minute mark and half-time.
Burnley have conceded 13 goals during that period this term, the most of any Premier League team.
That makes 14/5 for Saints to outscore them between 30:01 and the interval a value pick to add to our Southampton vs Burnley betting tips.
Last Burnley line-up: Pope, Lowton, Taylor, Tarkowski, Mee, Cork, McNeil, Hendrick, Westwood, Wood, Rodriguez.
Burnley will again be without Ashley Barnes (hernia) and Johann Berg Gudmundsson (hamstring).
Matt Lowton (knee) is a major doubt, so Phil Bardsley could start, while Charlie Taylor (hamstring) should be fit. New signing Josh Brownhill could also be involved for the first time.
Tottenham 3-2 SOUTHAMPTON – Shane Long, Danny Ings
BURNLEY 0-0 Arsenal
Head-to-head: Burnley 3-0 Southampton, Burnley 1-1 Southampton, Southampton 0-0 Burnley, Burnley 1-1 Southampton, Southampton 0-1 Burnley
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