Southampton hosts Burnley in round 26 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Saturday, February 15th at St. Mary's Stadium (Southampton)
It is completely incomprehensible for what kind of merits Southampton's defensive abilities are so highly valued. They are one of the weakest in the current championship. The Saints conceded as many as 46 goals in 25 rounds held (only newcomers to the Premier League Aston Villa and Norwich have more, 47 each). Moreover, the defensive orders of Soton are equally passable both in a foreign land and at St. Mary’s Stadium. In the home arena, the Saints recently conceded goals from weak Bournemouth (three times), Chelsea (four times), Everton (twice), Wolverhampton (three times), and three outsiders in the person of Watford, West Ham, and the aforementioned Norwich. And don’t forget a disgraceful defeat to Leicester (0-9), which simply tore the Saints to pieces.
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As for Burnley, it calmly catches its opponents on mistakes in defense, regularly getting points even in matches with opponents of a high standard (recent examples are an away victory over Man United (2:0) and a home win in a duel with the Foxes (2:1). You can also recall goals scored by the Clarets in away matches with Arsenal, Aston Villa (twice), the same Leicester, Watford (three times), Bournemouth, etc.!
In my opinion, very persistent Burnley will again manage to breach Southampton's rear, which is frankly holey. It happened in the head-to-head match of these teams under the sign of the first round when Soton got a serious slap in the face (0:3), and I expect to see a goal scored by the Clarets once again.
Prediction for the match: Burnley to score over 0.5 goals