Our football match prediction:
St. Mary’s Stadium will host Saturday’s football match between Southampton and Burnley. The Saints shared the spoils with Brighton at the weekend, with the team extending their unbeaten run in the Premier League to three games. Manuel Pellegrino’s men aim to return to winning ways in the national championship and they are definitely capable of beating Burnley in front of home fans. Manolo Gabbiadini, who has netted three goals in the Premier League so far this season, is likely to lead the line for the hosts against Sean Dyche’s men. The Clarets are a real force to be reckoned with at home, but they have been producing fine performances on the road this term as well and it has to be noted that they managed to hold the likes of Spurs and Liverpool to a draw, whilst beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the season. A close encounter appears on the cards and we predict that Southampton and Burnley are going to share the spoils at St. Mary’s Stadium.
Highlighted Player (Jose Fonte):
Born in Penafiel in 1983, Jose Miguel de Rocha Fonte spent his early career in the lower divisions of the Portugal’s league system, and while he did join giants Benfica in 2006, he never made a single league appearance for the Eagles. The loan spell with Crystal Palace proved crucial for the towering defender as he later secured a permanent move to Selhurst Park, performing well in three Championship campaigns. Fonte then surprised everyone when he joined League One side Southampton, but that would prove to be the best decision he has ever made, as he helped the Saints return to the Premier League before establishing himself as one of the leading central defenders in the elite division. Rated for his aerial ability, but also quite capable on the ground, Jose Fonte even caught the eye of England’s top clubs, although a big club move never materialised for him. The late bloomer eventually played himself into the first team plans of Portugal coach Fernando Santos, making his Selecao debut at the age of 30.
Highlighted Team (Burnley):
Burnley were one of the founding members of the Football League back in 1888. The Clarets did remarkably well to win the FA Cup trophy back in 1914 and the club owners have been trying to bring glory days back to Turf Moor ever since. Burnley defeated Liverpool in the 1913/1914 FA Cup final and, no doubt, this is regarded as the greatest achievement in the club’s history. The Clarets finished the 2015/2016 Championship campaign in top position in the standings and, as a result, they will participate in the English Premier League in the 2016/2017 season. Burnley play their home games at Turf Moor and the capacity of the stadium is 21,401. The Clarets have won two Community Shield trophies so far, in 1960 and 1973, but they have yet to clinch the Premier League title. Claret is the dominant colour of the team’s home shirts.