Southampton will be determined to recover from three straight defeats by beating a Burnley side whose recent unbeaten sequence was ended last time out.
Since the beginning of November, Burnley have reached the level of efficiency required to be a Premier League team, becoming more ruthless in front of goal and improving their game management, but at Queens Park Rangers they were beaten by fine margins.
Had they won at Loftus Road, Sean Dyche’s men would have escaped the bottom three, but they are still heading in the right direction and will be optimistic of seeing off a Saints side under pressure to end their losing streak.
There is no way that Southampton deserved to lose to Manchester United on Monday, but despite dominating possession, it was the performance of a team that has lost a great deal of confidence in such a short space of time.
Graziano Pelle ended his mini goal drought, but too many chances were missed and too many passes went astray as the club slipped out of the top four for the first time since September, and with injuries beginning to take their toll and the fixtures piling up, the scrutiny will only intensify.
Matt Taylor, Sam Vokes and Stephen Ward are all set to miss out again for Burnley along with experienced defender Michael Duff.
The away side should have Toby Alderweireld and James Ward-Prowse back from injury, but Jack Cork and Jay Rodriguez are still missing and doubt remains over the fitness of Morgan Schneiderlin.
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