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- Burnley have lost just three of their last 12 Premier League fixtures.
- Southampton have won just one of their last 11 league matches.
- Burnley have avoided defeat on each of their last three visits to St. Mary’s Stadium.
- Southampton have failed to win any of their last five home assignments.
Southampton looking over their shoulder
Southampton’s Premier League performances in 2021 have been far from saintly, and with just seven points between them and the drop zone, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s charges will need to kick into gear to avoid being dragged into a late battle for survival.
The Saints have lost a dismal ten of their last 12 league assignments since their surprise victory at home to Liverpool just after the turn of the year, and with confidence in the camp low, they could struggle to improve their lot against a stubborn Burnley team.
Hasenhüttl will hope to welcome Theo Walcott and ex-Claret Danny Ings back to the fold from injury on Sunday, though it could take both players a game or two to get fully up to speed.
Burnley a tough nut to crack
Burnley had rediscovered their notorious competitive spirit in the lead up to the international break, losing just three of their ten top-flight tests before the pause button was pressed on the club campaign.
In the most recent trio of those contests, Burnley dug in for a point against Leicester and Arsenal in typically dogged style, before finishing on a real high with a 2-1 triumph over Everton at Goodison Park.
Back Burnley to avoid defeat
Southampton and Burnley have identical points totals and goal difference figures after 29 games of the Premier League season – records that suggest the sides should be hard to separate on Sunday.
Sean Dyche’s tough-to-beat outfit have enjoyed plenty of success on the south coast in recent seasons, taking seven points from their last three trips to St. Mary’s Stadium, and with their current form strong, backing Burnley in the double chance market appeals.
While Burnley remain a tricky team to topple, the Clarets have found it difficult to turn their resolve into results, indeed, they have shared the spoils in five of their last eight league games. Four of those ties finished level at 1-1, and the same outcome is favoured for our correct score prediction on Sunday.
Southampton injuries and team news
Southampton will hope to have key trio Danny Ings, Theo Walcott and James Ward-Prowse available for Sunday’s game, though Michael Obafemi, Oriol Romeu and William Smallbone are all still ruled out.
Burnley injuries and team news
Burnley have a few late fitness tests to perform on Robbie Brady, Kevin Long, Ashley Barnes, Jack Corck and Charlie Taylor, though all five players will hope to be included in Sunday’s squad.