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Southampton narrowly managed to protect itself from relegation last season. This weekend the relegation candidate from last season will be surprised by the surprise of the past year, the Burnley by Sean Dyche.
This season, Southampton must revive for the lousy last season. It went very bad last season with Southampton in the Premier League and that cost Mauricio Pellegrino last March. Under Pellegrino’s fuller, Mark Hughes, Southampton only managed to play safely on the last day of play. It was the first time since the return of Southampton in the Premier League that the club managed to collect less than forty points and The Saints were happy that they did not relegate with 36 points. The question is whether Hughes has ensured that Southampton is not degraded, anyway the Welshman now gets a chance to prove that he is suitable as a trainer for The Saints.
Degradation threatened Southampton last season and so this transfer period has again been drastically reduced. Just over eleven million euros came in from Southampton – only Dušan Tadić was sold for money – and The Saints spent over 60 million this transfer summer. Especially for Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Mönchengladbach) and Mohamed Elyounoussi (FC Basel) a lot of money was deposited. In addition, more than ten million were paid for goalkeeper Angus Gunn, who came from Manchester City. The question is whether these gains can ensure that Southampton does not end up in relegation again this season. The exhibition games that Southampton played before this game show that The Saints can be a substitute. With a 3-2 win against Celta de Vigo, the duels against Derby County and Borussia Gladbach both lost 3-0.
With Burnley we have caught the surprise of the previous season. The club even seemed to end up in front of Arsenal, but in a final sprint The Clarets eventually had to recognize their team in the club from London. However, at Burnley they were also more than satisfied with a seventh place, because no one would have thought possible. Clubs like Everton and Leicester City had more quality on paper than Burnley, but Sean Dyche’s team simply made it difficult to make every team in a 4-4-2 system. It was fighting and thinking as little as possible at Burnley during the Premier League matches and that did not do the club any harm.
The Clarets were secured by the seventh place of the preliminary round of the Europa League and the group stage of the Europa League is still achievable. At an earlier stage, Scottish Aberdeen (4-2) was eliminated in two games and Burnley has good papers to defeat Turkish Istanbul Başakşehir next Thursday. In Istanbul, the game ended in a goalless draw last Thursday, despite having the home team ninety minutes in the field. Against the Turkish club, Joe Hart faced Burnley under the bar, because with Tom Heaton and Nick Pope, Dyche has to make it provisional without two potential first goalkeepers. Besides Hart saw Dyche this summer his team also be strengthened with Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough) and Matej Vydra (Derby County), while the club did not see any important players leave.
Southampton vs Burnley head to head matches
24.02.18 PL Burnley Southampton 1 : 1
04.11.17 PL Southampton Burnley 0 : 1
14.01.17 PL Burnley Southampton 1 : 0
16.10.16 PL Southampton Burnley 3 : 1
21.03.15 PL Southampton Burnley 2 : 0