Kick-off: 1500, 10/08/2019
Stadium: Turf Moor
Burnley and Southampton have drawn their last three Premier League meetings and another close encounter could be on the cards at Turf Moor.
Ashley Barnes converted a stoppage-time penalty to level things up at 1-1 here in February, following a goalless stalemate at St Mary’s Stadium on the opening weekend 12 months ago.
Punters can get 11/5 they share the spoils again to kick off the new campaign and that is our initial Burnley vs Southampton prediction.
A Look At Burnley’s Betting Odds
Burnley were almost certainly distracted by their Europa League exploits when starting slowly last term, picking up just one point from the first five fixtures.
Sean Dyche’s side recovered well enough to move clear of relegation trouble with time to spare, although a closing run of three straight defeats left them in 15th place.
That was just one spot and a single point above the Saints, which further backs up the view that these teams are evenly matched.
Goalkeeper Tom Heaton’s £8million switch to Aston Villa was a setback, but Joe Hart and Nick Pope have been joined by Bailey Peacock-Farrell, who was snapped up for £2.5m from Leeds.
Bringing striker Jay Rodriguez back to his hometown club from West Brom looks a solid move and will more than offset the retirement of Peter Crouch.
Former Stoke defender Erik Pieters is another decent acquisition and 7/2 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time takes the eye from the Burnley vs Southampton odds.
A Look At Southampton’s Betting Odds
Southampton flirted with relegation for far longer than is comfortable, but the arrival of Ralph Hasenhuttl in early December did enough good to guide them to safety.
The Austrian introduced much more up-tempo tactics than predecessor Mark Hughes and a run of four wins and three draws from the last 11 games was just reward for his ambition.
Danny Ings did well enough to justify forking out £20million to make his move from Liverpool a permanent one.
Birmingham forward Che Adams, acquired for £15m, was named in the Championship team of the season and scored 38 goals in 123 appearances at St Andrew’s.
Mali winger Moussa Djenepo is just the kind of rough diamond Saints have been so adept at polishing up, with Hasenhuttl stating: “He is an exciting player, with tremendous pace and good finishing.”
We’re expecting Saints to enjoy a smoother ride than last season and 11/2 they start with a respectable 1-1 draw is added to our Burnley vs Southampton betting tips.
BURNLEY 1-3 Arsenal – Ashley Barnes
SOUTHAMPTON 1-1 Huddersfield – Nathan Redmond
Head-to-head: Burnley 1-1 Southampton, Southampton 0-0 Burnley, Burnley 1-1 Southampton, Southampton 0-1 Burnley
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