Our prediction for this Premier League match:
Southampton and Burnley go head to head at St. Mary’ Stadium in the Premier League round 9. The Saints recorded their first win of the season at the weekend, with the team beating Leeds United without any difficulties. Southampton footballers regained a much-needed confidence, but they are still sitting in the danger zone. Even though important midfielder James Ward-Prowse remains on the sidelines through suspension, home win should be considered as the Saints impressed in the triumph over Marcelo Bielsa’s troops.
The Clarets, on the other hand, failed to spoil Man City’s party at Etihad Stadium, and given their poor away record, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the home team. Both Stephens and Mee are out of contention for the visitors. In their last encounter at St. Mary’s Stadium Southampton defeated Burnley 3-2.
Highlighted Player (Fraser Forster):
Originating from Hexham, Fraser Forster is an English goalkeeper who spent his early career at Newcastle United, but surprisingly did not make a single Premier League appearance during the seven years at St James’ Park. Forster first showed promise during the loan spell with Norwich City, but it was the stint with Celtic that earned him wide acclaim and saw him become an England international.
After spending four years at Parkhead, the highly rated goalkeeper returned to the Premier League to sign for Southampton and he has since acted as club’s number one goalkeeper. Forster has been a member of the England national team since 2013, usually acting as a back up for Joe Hart, making a handful of appearances in international friendlies.
Forster was in the Three Lions squad at the 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, and with quite a few of good years in front of him, the towering goalkeeper should get the opportunity to win few more England caps before he retires from football.
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.