Saturday’s evening kick off in the Premier League takes place at Turf Moor where Burnley entertain Southampton.
Both sides are on the hunt for their first points of the 2020/21 campaign, with Saints having lost both of their games so far and the Clarets losing their opening game of the season.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has lamented his side’s lack of fitness, complaining that there has been too short a pre-season period for players to get up to speed.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche meanwhile has been more concerned with the thinness of his squad, with Brighton midfielder Dale Stephens the only new addition of note.
The same could equally be argued for Southampton, who have only signed Mohammed Salisu so far – although reports claim Everton’s Tom Davies could arrive at St Mary’s on a loan deal as a replacement for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who joined Spurs earlier on in the transfer window.
Burnley will take confidence from the fact they did the double over Southampton last season and haven’t lost to Saints in 7 top flight matches.
Last season’s loss at Turf Moor was one of just a handful of blots on Southampton’s impressive away record last campaign, but it is an inability to hold on to leads which is damaging – Saints have lost 37 points from winning positions since Ralph Hasenhuttl became manager – the most of any Premier League side in that time.
In regard to team news, James Tarkowski is expected to return to the fold for Burnley having appeared in the Carabao Cup against Milwall midweek – the England defender has been subject to speculation regarding a move to West Ham recently.
If Tarkowski isn’t deemed fit enough to start, Jimmy Dunne could keep his spot after a goal on debut in last week’s defeat.
Jack Cork, Ben Mee and Johan Berg Gudmundsson are all certain absentees, with Icelander Gudmundsson twisting his knee in a recent training session.
Robbie Brady and Ashley Barnes are both working their way back towards full fitness and are rated 50-50 for the weekend.
For Southampton, Nathan Redmond remains the only serious injury doubt due to damaged ligaments in his ankle.
Otherwise Ralph Hasenhuttl has a much healthier squad to select from, with new signing Mohammed Salisu pushing for his Premier League debut.
Burnley v Southampton at Turf Moor kicks off at 2000 on Saturday 26th September.