That looks a stronger Southampton team than we have seen in recent weeks
Pretty much their strongest team, they have really struggled without Walker-Peters at right-back. Oriol Romeu in midfield is perhaps the only notable absence but Ibrahima Diallo has done well as a ball-winner in there.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s team are in a wretched run of league form with just one win in their last 12 games. A small squad that tries to play an intense brand of football has been stretched by injuries and they have been extremely porous at the back. James Ward Prowse is a doubt due to a calf injury sustained on international duty but Danny Ings and Theo Walcott are available again. Southampton also have an FA Cup semi-final on the horizon against Leicester City.
“With the guys that have been here (during the international break), we could work on a few things we wanted to and bring them to a better shape,” Hasenhuttl said.
“As soon as the injured players are coming back, you normally have more quality and more options for your game plan, this will help us.
“We know these next two Premier League games are important to take good results and we know we have to have a very good performance.
“We can look forward to these games because we have shown we are on the way back to the way we played before this not so successful time.”
Burnley were in decent form before the international break, holding Leicester and Arsenal to draws at Turf Moor and beating Everton where Dwight McNeil scored one of the goals of the season. Burnley will be without Robbie Brady, who suffered an Achilles injury during Ireland’s midweek game against Qatar. Kevin Long and Ashley Barnes remain out, but Charlie Taylor and Jack Cork are both available again. Sean Dyche revealed he held talks this week with new Burnley chairman Alan Pace about the long-term direction of the club.
Full team news on the way shortly.
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