Southampton v Burnley

Southampton will look to continue their strong run of form when they welcome Burnley to St Mary’s Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday.

The Saints did not start the season well and went four league games before picking up their first win. Since then, they won three in a row before holding defending champions Leicester City to a 0-0 draw prior to the international break.

They will be confident of extending their unbeaten run to five matches against a struggling Burnley outfit.

The Clarets only win in their last five fixtures was a 2-0 win over Watford at home. Their from away from Turf Moor has been abysmal and were even knocked out of the EFL Cup by League Two outfit Accrington Stanley when they had to travel.

However, Southampton are suffering somewhat of a defensive injury crisis with both of their first-choice full-backs, Ryan Bertrand and Cedric Soares, ruled out with injury.

Speaking ahead of the match, manager Claude Puel said he would not be worried about losing their incredible run of six clean sheets in all competitions if they win the match at the end of the day.

“I prefer to lose this record and win the game, it’s not important for me,” he said.

“It’s not just the defence, for me it’s important to consider it as the work of all the team – midfield and offensive players also.

“It’s also our style of play, we often have the ball and it’s easier to defend with good control of the game. I prefer my team to play good football.”

Burnley captain Tom Heaton is fit to play after the goalkeeper had to be withdrawn from the England squad with a calf problem, while Andre Gray remains suspended and will serve the third of his four-game ban.

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