Preview - Burnley vs Southampton 10 August 19

Started by Harry85, Aug 09, 2019, 04:00 AM

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Match Day 1
Burnley vs. Southampton
Saturday, August 10th 2019
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Turf Moor

Last five matches form: W D L L L
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.18
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.79
Top Scorer (18/19): Ashley Barnes (12)

Last five matches form: L D D L D
Average goals per match (18/19): 1.18
Average goals against per match (18/19): 1.71
Top Scorer: Danny Ings & James Ward-Prowse (7)

We have an intriguing clash at Turf Moor on the opening day of the Premier League season, as last year's 15th and 16th placed finishers Burnley and Southampton lock horns. Both will be hoping for better in the current campaign and will be looking to get off to a positive start in this one.

There was nothing to split the sides last season, with the game here finishing 1-1 and the sides clash at St. Mary's ending in a goalless draw.

Steven Defour of Burnley looks set to be the only injury absentee for either side. The Burnley side will look much the way it did last season, with new forward Jay Rodriguez likely to start from the bench.

Southampton in contrast are likely to debut a new forward line of Che Adams and Danny Ings, with fellow new boy Moussa Djenepo probable to come straight into the midfield.

Southampton fans willl be headed into the season in optimistic mood now that Ralph Hassenhüttl has had the summer to shape the squad. They would be wise not to underestimate this challenge though. Following a very dodgy start last season Burnley were getting back to something more like their usual identity towards the back end of the campaign, and following a pretty settled summer can do enough to pick up a point.

Prediction: Burnley 1 - 1 Southampton


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 3 - 0
Shots:  10 - 9
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 2 - 7
Possession:  44% - 56%

No bookings at Turf Moor as referee Graham Scott kept his cards in his pocket throughout.

Southampton did start pretty brightly here and were close to taking the lead in just the second minute. Che Adams getting a toe to a ball in from the right, but just being unable to direct his effort on target with the goal gaping.

Nathan Redmond forced a good fingertip save from Nick Pope as Southampton probably had marginally the better of the opening period. They were unable to capitalise when on top though, and in the second half they would pay the price.

The opener arrived in the 63rd minute. A hopeful stab forward from Erik Pieters looping way up in the air and catching the Southampton backline all at sea. Ashley Barnes latching onto it and taking a touch on his thigh before lashing home through the legs of keeper Angus Gunn from the edge of the area to the right-hand side.

Seven minutes later Barnes made it two. Plenty of intent behind the ball from Pieters this time, sending in a wicked cross from deep on the left to pick out the frontman to finish first time on the volley from around six yards out to the right-hand side.

Five minutes later it was all over. Johann Gudmundsson pouncing in midfield to rob Ryan Bertrand before racing into the right of the area. Fine finish from the Icelander into the left-hand side from around eight yards out on the right.

Excellent start for Burnley in front of their own fans. Desperately disappointing from Southampton, particularly as they are many peoples pick as one of the dark horses this season.

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