Our football match prediction:
Despite producing a fine performance against Leicester City on Matchday 7, Southampton picked up only one point from the King Power Stadium clash. Anyhow, the Saints have found their form and they will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they host Burnley at their St. Mary’s Stadium on Sunday. Southampton aim to retain their spot in the top half of the table and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach against Burnley. The Clarets were more than unfortunate not to grab something from the Arsenal game, with the Gunners scoring a late and controversial winner in the Turf Moor game. Sean Dyche’s men are tough to beat at home, but their away record is anything but good and we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Dusan Tadic impressed in Serbia’s 3-2 win over Austria at the weekend and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Highlighted Player (Shane Long):
Shane Long is an Irish international striker who has so far made over 60 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, scoring more than 15 goals in the process. The forward began his professional career at Cork City, but only made one league appearance for the club ahead of the switch to Reading, where he would go on to spend next seven years. During that time, Long established himself as one of the best Irish strikers plying their trade in England, and also went on to represent West Bromwich Albion, Hull City and Southampton. Despite not exactly boasting an enviable goalscoring record for a centre forward, Long was always held in high regard by both managers and his peers, with his incredible work rate and never-say-die attitude winning him plenty of admirers. Long will also go down as one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the Republic of Ireland national team, which he represented at the Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 finals.
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.