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PREVIEW: Burnley v Southampton

Build-up to the season opener as Saints head for Turf Moor

9 August 2019

It all starts again on Saturday as the Clarets kick off a fourth successive top-flight campaign for the first time since the early 1970s.

And it’s almost history repeating itself with the same opposition as the opening day of last season.

This time, though, Sean Dyche’s men face Southampton at Turf Moor following a 0-0 draw on the south coast in last year’s curtain-raiser.

“It’s great to be at home. I think the fans will be looking forward to it,” said the Burnley boss.

“I think they saw the strength of the squad in the second half of last season. I think we’ve made good signings and I think they will recognise that the squad has got a rounded feel to it.

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“I think there’s been a nice edge to the players, as if they’ve come back with that mentality to be ready after a tough season last season.

“Maybe, hopefully, that’s the reward of coming through that. That edge comes back when you know you’ve got to be on top of your performance all the time.”

The opening-day point at Southampton 12 months ago was the only one the Clarets earned in their first five Premier League fixtures as they juggled the early demands of a Europa League campaign.

With only three wins before Christmas, Dyche’s men left themselves with plenty of catching up to do in the second half of the campaign.

But having done that successfully with an inspired run from the turn of the year, the Clarets comfortably stayed up.

And having strengthened the squad with summer signings Jay Rodriguez, Erik Pieters, Danny Drinkwater and Bailey Peacock-Farrell, they will be looking to hit the ground running this time around.

New signings

Southampton have added to their frontline during the summer with the capture of Che Adams (below) from Birmingham City.

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Former Claret Danny Ings has turned his season-long loan from Liverpool into a permanent deal, while winger Moussa Djenepo arrived from Belgian club Standard Liege.

The Saints also made a pre-deadline swoop to recruit centre-back Kevin Danso on a season-long loan from German outfit FC Augsburg.

Team news

The Clarets will be without winger Robbie Brady, who is recovering from a hairline rib fracture, and longer-term absentee Steve Defour.

Boss Sean Dyche reported an otherwise clean bill of health with defenders James Tarkowski and Kevin Long shaking off knocks which kept them out of the final pre-season game.

Southampton could give a debut in attack to Adams alongside the returning Ings.

But fellow new recruit Djenepo may not start following his delayed arrival after an Africa Cup of Nations campaign with Mali and new loan signing Danso will not be involved.

Former Burnley striker Charlie Austin will definitely not be involved following a deadline-day move to West Bromwich Albion.

Form guide

The Saints finished 16th in the table last season – a point and a place worse off than the Clarets.

They didn’t win any of their final five games but guaranteed their safety with a couple of matches to go with a 3-3 draw against local rivals Bournemouth.

A haul of 28 points from the previous 20 games since Ralph Hasenhuttl took charge last December turned their fortunes around.

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Southampton won four and drew one of their five pre-season friendlies.

Opposition camp

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl: “I think when you remember last season, we had a good game there (a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor).

“It was nearly three points but in the end we conceded a penalty that maybe this year, with VAR, is not really one.

“It will be a tough game again. I think in the first game nobody knows exactly how good they are. Finally, we need a very good mentality, a very good group and this is what we prepare for.”

Match stats

The Clarets are unbeaten in their last five Premier League games against Southampton – with both last season’s meetings ending in draws.

Burnley haven’t lost at home to Southampton in the Premier League.

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Ashley Barnes has scored three Premier League goals against Southampton – all at Turf Moor, including an injury-time equaliser from the penalty spot last season.

The Saints last top-flight win at Turf Moor came thanks to a Mick Channon winner in March, 1971.

Southampton haven’t won their opening Premier League fixture since the 2013/14 season. They have since lost once and drawn four of their curtain-raisers – including last season’s 0-0 draw against Burnley at St Mary’s Stadium.

This is the fifth successive season that Southampton have kicked off with a new manager in charge.


Graham Scott

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REPORT: Burnley 3 Southampton 0

Bogey-man Barnes at the double as the Clarets start in style

10 August 2019

Rampant Burnley made a flying start to the new campaign as three goals in 12 dizzying second-half minutes blew Southampton away at a rain-lashed Turf Moor.

Ashley Barnes led the onslaught with a double blast as Southampton again suffered at the hands of the striker who took his Premier League goal tally against the Saints to five.

Both of his latest efforts came from combinations with new signing Erik Pieters as the Dutch international quickly made himself at home in his new surroundings.

And Johann Berg Gudmundsson then added the finishing touch to a near perfect afternoon with a classy third goal as the Clarets set a host of modern-day bests.

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The victory was their biggest on the opening day of a Premier League campaign and biggest in any division since 1966, when a 4-0 win over Sheffield United came 12 months before the Clarets last opened a top-flight season with a victory at Turf Moor.

Of the Clarets’ summer recruits, Pieters made a debut at left-back as former Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez started his second stint as a Burnley player on the bench.

But despite the familiarity of the line-up, it took the Clarets a while to find their feet as the visitors carried the early threat.

New recruit Che Adams steered a cross from Yan Valery just wide of the far post at full stretch and James Ward-Prowse warmed the palms of Nick Pope on a first Premier League outing for the new Clarets’ number-one since May, 2018.

But Burnley had the ball in the net with just over a quarter of an hour gone, when Chris Wood turned in a Barnes cross.

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And while that effort was rightly ruled out for off-side against Barnes – a first use of VAR backing up an excellent decision from assistant referee Andre Garratt – it galvanised the home side, who raised the tempo to drive Southampton back.

Gudmundsson, back fit and firing in the starting line-up, whistled a low drive just wide, but in horrible wet and windy conditions there were few genuine signs of a break-through until a minute before the break.

Nathan Redmond has a habit of scoring against Burnley and the Saints’ most dangerous player almost did it again when he created space in the penalty area for a shot that was flying towards the roof of the net before Pope made an excellent finger-tip save to keep the scores level.

With the wind at their backs, the Clarets looked to force the pace following the re-start, although Southampton remained a threat on the break as Redmond curled a shot wide after being teed up by former Turf Moor favourite Danny Ings.

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But Sean Dyche's men kept probing away and got their reward when Barnes struck to make it 1-0 with just over an hour gone.

No Premier League club has suffered more than Southampton at the hands of Barnes.

All five of the goals he has scored against them have come at Turf Moor and these were two more valuable additions to the collection as he linked superbly with new boy Pieters.

The first came from Pieters’ cleverly lifted ball over the top - helped by the wind - which caught out defender Jannik Vestergaard and released Barnes to race clear and thump a swiftly-taken half-volley past Angus Gunn.

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And the next finish – seven minutes later – was just as emphatic as the Clarets took complete control.

This time, Pieters swung over a peach of a cross for Barnes to meet with a perfectly-timed run and first-time finish with his right foot which was in the back of the net virtually before Gunn had moved.

Suddenly, the Clarets were in full flow and the perfect start to the season was capped 15 minutes from time when Gudmundsson made it three.

His determination won the Icelander the ball and the chance to run at Southampton’s bedraggled defence.

With no-one able to close him down, Gudmundsson sprinted on before curling a lovely left-footer inside the far post to reward those getting a soaking in the lower tier of the Jimmy McIlroy Stand who will have gone home wet but happy after a red-hot second half which bodes well for things to come.

Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Gudmunsson, Westwood, Cork, McNeil (Lennon 84); Barnes (Rodriguez 84), Woods. Substitutes: Hart, Hendrick, Gibson, Bardsley, Long.

Southampton: Gunn; Valery, Bednarek, Stephens (Hojberg 73), Vestergaard, Bertrand; Romeu, Ward-Prowse; Ings (Obafemi 66), Adams (Boufal 73), Redmond. Substitutes: McCarthy, Soares, Yoshida, Djenepo.

Referee: Graham Scott

Attendance: 19,784 (Southampton1,921)

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