The Premier League’s big Saturday night as Burnley face off against Southampton, with both sides in search of their first Premier League points of the new season.
Sean Dyche’s Clarets were their usual competitive selves against Leicester City last week and caused the Foxes some problems, but they were uncharacteristically sloppy in defence as they suffered a 4-2 defeat in their opening fixture - though they looked much more like their usual selves in a hard-fought but ultimately routine 2-0 win at in-form Championship side Millwall in their midweek Carabao Cup outing.
Southampton have been tipped by many to do good things this season following their excellent top-six form post-Christmas last term, but they appear to have lost their momentum over the summer break. They were competent, at least, if a little flat in their opening weekend 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace, and were the better side for most of the first half against Tottenham last week, deservedly enjoying a 1-0 lead as the match approached half-time.
But Saints paid the price for their suicidal high-line and were picked off time and again as Harry Kane set up four goals by Son Heung-Min, eventually winning 5-2. Ralph Hassenhuttl will surely have worked on that over the break.
Burnley have tended to do well against Southampton in recent years, doing the double over them last term to stretch their run to six games unbeaten against them in the Premier League. Saints have failed to pick up three points in each of their last five visits to Turf Moor.
In spite of that record, Paddy Power price the hosts at lengthy odds of 21/10 to get a home victory here, with the visitors the favourites at 13/10.
We recommend backing a narrow away victory here. Only runaway top two Liverpool and Man City picked up more points away from home than Southampton, and in spite of their poor results, can take some positivity from their performances so far. A 2-1 victory for Saints is priced at 8/1 with Betfair Sportsbook.
*All prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change