Kick-off: 1330, 12/08/2018
Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium
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What Trueform says for Southampton vs Burnley
Southampton posted some decent Trueform ratings as they survived a big relegation scare last term and will be determined to hit the ground running when kicking off the new Premier League campaign by hosting Burnley.
The Clarets exceeded all expectations by finishing seventh but now have the distraction of Europa League action, with this game coming three days after a tough trip to Istanbul.
We feel the Saints are set for a much better season and they get the nod to prevail at 4/5 for our first Southampton vs Burnley prediction.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Mark Hughes helped to rescue Southampton following Mauricio Pellegrino’s March departure, with late wins over Bournemouth and Swansea nudging them one place above the drop zone.
Saints have struggled for consistency over the past couple of years, but their exploits in knockout competitions highlight the potential to improve is there.
Southampton reached the League Cup final in 2017 and the FA Cup semis last season, only losing out to Manchester United and Chelsea in those Wembley matches.
Hughes has the experience to turn things around and has made a statement of intent with his transfer dealings.
The enigmatic Dusan Tadic was allowed to move on, while Scotland midfielder Stuart Armstrong and Norway international playmaker Mohamed Elyounoussi come in for a combined total of £23million.
With goals having been a problem in the past, Hughes said: “We feel we have made real progress in adding a new dimension to our attack.”
At the other end, 6ft 6in Denmark centre-back Jannik Vestergaard arrives from Borussia Monchengladbach, while England Under-21 goalkeeper Angus Gunn will provide competition in that position.
A Look At Burnley’s Betting Odds
Burnley started out last season with a surprise 3-2 win at Chelsea and continued to punch above their weight for large parts of the campaign.
However, picking up just two points from the final five rounds of fixtures was a warning sign that they will have to work hard to replicate that success this term.
Teams will now be well aware of the physical threat posed by Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes up front and are expected to adapt accordingly.
A few bumps and bruises have also been picked up in the Europa League, with two hard-fought clashes against Aberdeen coming before the Turkey adventure.
Former England keeper Joe Hart and £15m Middlesbrough defender Ben Gibson give Sean Dyche more options at the back.
But we’re still adding 8/1 for a 2-1 home win to our Southampton vs Burnley betting tips.
SOUTHAMPTON 0-1 Man City
BURNLEY 1-2 Bournemouth – Chris Wood
Head-to-head: Burnley 1-1 Southampton, Southampton 0-1 Burnley, Burnley 1-0 Southampton, Southampton 3-1 Burnley
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