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Clarets Looking For A Hat-Trick

Build-up as Burnley back at Turf Moor to take on the Saints

24 February 2018

The Clarets return to Premier League action today, looking to make it a hat-trick of wins against Southampton.

Sam Vokes’ header at St Mary’s in November and Joey Barton’s dramatic free-kick at Turf Moor last January have produced successive 1-0 wins for Burnley against the Saints.

While Sean Dyche’s men are looking to end their 10-match winless run in the league, they still remain seventh in the table.

Southampton travel north in the relegation places thanks to only one league win since November.

However, Mauricio Pellegrino’s side reached the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win at West Bromwich Albion last weekend and are unbeaten in their last three away league games.

The Saints could have midfielder Sofiane Boufal available after injury but are missing Shane Long, Steve Davis Maya Yoshida and ex-Clarets striker Charlie Austin.

And Pellegrino is expecting a tough test at Turf Moor.

The Saints’ boss said: "Burnley will be a really tight game, I would image. It's a really difficult game.

“It is a team who won a lot of points in the first part of the season and now they have not won in a long period of time, but at home they are really strong because they do not concede too much.

“We can use the home game as experience, which was really close with not many chances. Then towards the end we dominated, created chances but couldn’t score.

“We have been working on how to approach this type of challenge and we will try to do our best.”

The Clarets have top scorer Chris Wood back in the squad for the first time since December, but Scott Arfield and James Tarkowski are expected to miss out through injury.

Burnley boss Dyche said: "They’re another team who I think not many thought they would be where they are and that’s how tough the division can be.

“It’s their job to try to get points on the board the same as it is ours.

“We just focus on ourselves. We’ve shown over time we can be better than last season. That’s the first marker.

“I believe we have been with the squad and the performances of the squad, but you’ve got to do it literally on a table, and that’s what you’re judged by at the end of the season.

“There’s still work to be done, still improvement to come. We want to get back to winning ways.”

Match stats

Burnley are aiming to earn three successive victories over Southampton for the first time since the 1960s.

Saints are winless in their past four visits to Turf Moor and could fail to score in three consecutive games there for the first time.

The Clarets have kept 10 Premier League clean sheets this season. They last kept more top-flight clean sheets in a season in 1973-74.

Southampton have only managed one win and clean sheet in 14 Premier League games (D7, L6).

Mauricio Pellegrino's side are yet to defeat a top-10 opponent this season, drawing six games and losing nine.


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