fourteen min: The wind is finding up. Which is very the point out of affairs, specified that Hojbjerg took a shot before that basically took a u-switch in mid-air. This could get attention-grabbing.
12 min: A totally free kick for Burnley out on the suitable. Hendrick sends a big diagonal to Tarkowski, who brings the ball down with a deft touch. He’s in area, but slams his cross into the initially gentleman. A waste, mainly because Saints’ large line experienced been busted open up and the house defence was all around the shop.
eleven min: Burnley’s goal was timed at a single minute and 35 seconds. According to BT Sport, it is their swiftest get started in an absent match in the Premier League. The statistician earning their corn with that a single.
nine min: The set piece arrives to practically nothing. But Long’s shortly skedaddling down the within-left channel to acquire yet another corner for Saints. Which is a little bit of a non-function as effectively, but this is a good response to slipping guiding in farcical situations from the house side.
seven min: Armstrong has a dig from twenty five yards, just to the suitable of centre. Tarkowski sticks out a leg to divert absent for a corner, Southampton’s initially of the match.
five min: Saints test to strike back rapidly, Boufal looping a cross from the suitable to Long at the considerably article. Long heads back throughout goal, but with Pope out of placement, there’s nobody there to poke house.
four min: What a weird cock-up. I have no strategy what Ings was carrying out. A deliberate decision to permit the ball past. Did McCarthy give him a shout to go away it. A bum steer? It’s a single rationalization.
Goal! Southampton -one Burnley (Westwood two)
It won’t be easy for Saints, that is. Wooden powers his way down the left and wins the initially corner of the match. Westwood takes, and curls it to the in close proximity to article. Ings is guarding, but decides the ball is hitting the side netting. It’s not, however. Ings opts to permit the ball via. In it curls, direct from the corner. Ings puts his head in his arms, as effectively he may possibly. What a fiasco, and he can not blame the wind. A large misjudgement.
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And we’re off! Saints get the social gathering begun. The circumstances are appalling, it is tipping down, and the wind’s up. The ball is promptly hoicked into the stand. That may perhaps or may perhaps not be a sign of issues to arrive. It won’t be easy.
The groups are out! Saints are in their well known purple and white stripes, though Burnley activity their third-preference evergreen. We’ll be off in a minute. In the meantime, speaking of jazz-fusion bassist Alphonso Johnson, as we were, type of, at 12.08pm: “OMG! That is so unusual!” starts
Colin Young. “I have experienced that image of Climate Report’s Mysterious Traveller LP protect as my computer desktop image for as long as I have experienced a computer. By no means viewed it everywhere else. No person I know appreciates what it is … so of course it has to switch up on the Guardian’s soccer web site for a Saints vs Burnley match. Plainly. But I do agree, ‘Cucumber Slumber’ I indicate that bassline, it, erm, blows absent (sorry) most other basslines in the earth. So of course this match is going to be a breeze.”
The managers have their say. First up, Ralph Hasenhuttl: “Nathan Redmond has a muscle mass injuries. It’s tough to say how long he will be out. But this is a chance for other gamers to present up. This is an important match. We lost the initially match three- so we want to present we’re improved now.”
And then Sean Dyche: “We will come across out a little bit extra about Matt Lowton’s knee injuries afterwards this week. But the great information is Charlie Taylor is back from a niggling hamstring. It’s not easy to knock out wins all the time, you’re going to have spells, and it is about how you arrive out of them. And we have arrive out with an edge to our performances, with a small x-factor.”
That is some bassline. In other information, Storm Dennis has arrived on the south coast, and my oh my it is a great old blow. So the wind and the rain may perhaps play some portion this afternoon. This could be a jazz odyssey.
Saints make 4 modifications to the side that went down bravely at Spurs a pair of weeks back. Alex McCarthy replaces Angus Gunn in goal. Kyle Walker-Peters can make his debut at suitable back. Jannik Vestergaard and Stuart Armstrong return. Lacking out: Jan Bednarek, Oriol Romeu and Nathan Redmond.
Burnley make just the a single change to the XI named for the goalless attract with Arsenal. Matt Lowton is replaced by Phil Bardsley.
Southampton: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Stephens, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Boufal, Long, Ings.
Subs: Adams, Djenepo, Romeu, Obafemi, Smallbone, Gunn, Bednarek.
Burnley: Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Rodriguez, Wooden.
Subs: Brownhill, Brady, Hart, Pieters, Lennon, Vydra, Long.
Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire).
Saints and Burnley really do not place on a present when they get with each other that often. Their last 6 conferences have generated a grand whole of nine aims, and a few of those people arrived in a lopsided three- acquire for Burnley on the opening day of this year. Useless to say, the goalscorers in that a single, Ashley Barnes and Johann Berg Gudmundsson, are lacking these days.
There’s not a total load using on this match, possibly. It’s correct that neither side is completely secure from relegation fret. But it is also definitely the scenario that, relatively cozy in mid-desk and 7 clear of the fall zone, both equally sides are considerably also great to be very seriously worried about their destiny. Saints deserved considerably extra than the square root of eff all they got from modern visits to Anfield and the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, though Burnley have a short while ago received at Previous Trafford. So there’s small jeopardy in this.
What I’m carrying out listed here, openly, pricey reader, is tempting destiny. If this minimal-energy preamble does not get paid us a rollocking 7-goal thriller, practically nothing will. Come on, footballing gods, teach the MBM some humility. It’s on!
Kick off: 12.30pm.
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