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PREVIEW: Southampton v Burnley

How the two teams shape up for the Clarets' Premier League opener

11 August 2018

The Clarets could face a real old-school reunion when they kick off their Premier League campaign at Southampton on Sunday (kick-off 1.30pm).

The Saints’ pre-deadline swoop for local lad Danny Ings - on a season-long loan from Liverpool - means Mark Hughes’ strikeforce could be spearheaded by former Turf Moor team-mates Ings and Charlie Austin.

The pair played together at Burnley for two seasons in the Championship from 2011 onwards.

Following Austin’s enforced sale to QPR – after scoring 45 goals in 90 appearances – Ings then struck up a prolific partnership with Sam Vokes to spearhead Burnley’s rise to the Premier League in 2014.

Danny Ings scored 43 goals in 130 appearances for the Clarets

But the two will be on opposite sides of the fence on Sunday as Vokes heads back to his hometown club looking to add to his scoring record at St Mary’s Stadium – where he headed the winner last season to make it three goals in four visits and to give the Clarets a first top-flight win at Southampton in eight attempts.

That contributed to a flying start to the season which catapulted Burnley towards their top-seven finish, while Southampton continued to struggle until the arrival of Hughes and a late flurry of points dragged them to safety with a game to spare to set up a seventh successive season of Premier League football.

Since then, Hughes has also added Manchester City goalkeeper Angus Gunn, Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong, winger Mohamed Elyounoussi from Basel and Danish international defender Jannik Vestergaard from Burussia Dortmund to his squad as they prepare to face a Burnley side three games into their season via the Europa League.

Team news

The Clarets will have goalkeeper and club captain Tom Heaton available after he was ineligible to play in Europe in mid-week.

Striker Chris Wood could also return after missing the trip to Turkey with the effects of an insect bite.

But new signing Matej Vydra and winger Robbie Brady are not yet ready for first-team action and Steven Defour is absent as he recovers from a calf injury.

The Saints have a clean bill of health and could give a debut to Danny Ings.

What they’re saying

Sean Dyche: “We’ve been in Istanbul until early Friday morning and then down to Southampton on the Sunday, but that’s the new challenge for all of us. We’ll get on with it as we always do.”

Mark Hughes: "We are really happy with the window we've had. If you look at the guys we've brought in, we've strengthened in every department.

"Danny will complement the attacking options we already have. They all have different strengths and bring something different to the squad."

Match stats

The Clarets have lost only one of their six Premier League games against Southampton, winning three times, including a 1-0 victory at St Mary's Stadium last season thanks to Sam Vokes (below).

The Clarets lost just five away games in the last Premier League campaign (W7, D7.

Ashley Barnes could become the first player to make 100 Premier League appearances for the Clarets.

The Saints have recorded just one win in their last 11 home league games (D5, L5).

Southampton have only won the opening fixture twice in 19 Premier League seasons (D9, L8).

They have not started a top-flight season with a home win since 1988-89 - a 4-0 victory over West Ham at The Dell.

Referee

Graham Scott

 

  

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Match Reports

Southampton 0 Burnley 0

Clarets up and running thanks to classy performance at the coast

12 August 2018

The Clarets got their first Premier League point on the board but will wonder how it wasn’t three after an hour-long siege of St Mary’s.

Sean Dyche’s men dominated for long periods and created more than enough chances in an outstanding performance to have repeated their opening-day win at Chelsea a year ago.

But top-class goalkeeping from Alex McCarthy kept the Saints alive, while a marginal off-side call denied Jack Cork what would have been an early winner on his return to a former home.

Southampton hadn’t started a top-flight season with a home win since 1988-89 and the days they played at The Dell.

And the way the Clarets started did nothing to suggest that record was about to improve.

There was no sign of weariness following their return from Turkey in the early hours of Friday morning.

And with the return of fresh legs in the shape of Matt Lowton, Stephen Ward, Aaron Lennon and Chris Wood – Joe Hart retaining his place in goal – Dyche’s men were like greyhounds out the traps.

Some of their early football was outstanding to leave the Saints, who had won just one of their previous 11 home league games, rocking.

Former Southampton man Cork was unlucky not to be credited with an opening goal after just eight minutes when he was given off-side after converting a clever pass from Ashley Westwood when he looked in line with the last defender.

Alex McCarthy then denied Lennon with an outstanding block after Westwood hd sprung Burnley forward again.

And Johann Berg Gudmundsson was also close to breaking the deadlock on two occasions, clipping a free-kick onto the roof of the net and then seeing a shot blocked after being released by Cork at the end of another slick break-away.

Southampton’s only response was a flicked header from Mario Lemina which Hart touched over the bar.

Mark Hughes, whose appointment helped drag the Saints to safety with just a game to spare last season, must have been relieved to have got his side back in at the break still in the game after McCarthy saved his side again with a block with his legs to keep out a close-range Jeff Hendrick header in stoppage time.

The interval did nothing to stem the Clarets’ flow and five minutes into the second half they could have again gone in front.

A superb cross from Lowton was almost converted by both Wood and Gudmundsson and from the corner that followed, a shot on the turn from Ward would surely have found the net had it been either side of McCarthy.

And Hughes wasted no time in sending for Danny Ings to try and lift his side and the crowd as the former Burnley man was sent on for his debut along with fellow new boy Mohamed Elyounoussi.

But when Southampton did go close to scoring it came via a Burnley player, Mee getting knocked off balance from a corner and inadvertently mis-cueing a header which would have gone in but for Westwood’s clearance off the line.

The Saints did finally muster some pressure of their own and with just under 20 minutes to go Hart was seriously tested for the first time, getting down well to turn away a Jack Stephens’ effort at the far post and then grabbing a header from Lemina from the corner that followed.

Dyche then made a couple of changes himself in an effort to regain the initiative with Hendrick and Wood – who had both done well – making way for Sam Vokes and Ashley Barnes, who became the first Burnley player to make 100 Premier League appearances.

But with no real opportunity for Barnes to make it a milestone to remember, the Clarets had to settle for a point – repelling a late Southampton surge to see out the clean sheet thanks to a telling block on Elyounoussi by James Tarkowski which summed up the Clarets' determination not to leave without something to show for their efforts.

Southampton: McCarthy, Stephens, Vestergaard, Hoedt, Cedric (Elyounoussi 56), Romeu, Lemina, Bertrand, Armstrong (Ings 56), Austin (Gabbiadini 73), Redmond. Substitutes: Gunn, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Bednarek.

Burnley: Hart, Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Ward, Gudmundsson (Taylor 87), Westwood, Cork, Lennon, Hendrick (Barnes 76), Wood (Vokes 73). Substitutes: Heaton, Gibson, Walters, Bardsley.

Booked: Cork

Referee: Graham Scott

Attendance: 30,784

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Southampton Away Ticket News

23 July 2018

Southampton Vs Burnley

Sunday 12th August 2018.

Kick Off – 13:30 

Final Allocation - 1722 

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