If you asked the average football fan which of these two teams who would be in the relegation zone and who would be safe at this point in the season, at least 80 per cent of them would say the Clarets.
As it stands, however, with the Saints badly missing their talisman striker Charlie Austin and Shane Long failing to provide much scoring output in his place, it is Burnley who are in fact currently riding off into the sunset towards Premier League safety.
Southampton have drawn more games in the Premier League than any team other than West Brom this season, but they will need more a point if they are to lift themselves out of the relegation zone.
Here is what our writers think will be on top when it’s all said and done tomorrow…
Southampton win. Saints are much better on the road than at home – they’re actually 12th in the Premier League’s away table despite playing the fewest games – and it seems to suit Mauricio Pellegrino’s way of thinking.
That’s only become truer in recent weeks with Southampton scoring two goals in three of their last four away games, and although Burnley always give teams a game at Turf Moor, it’s felt like they’ve started to run out of steam in recent weeks with not much left to play for.
In terms of talent, on paper at least, I don’t see a huge difference between these two sides, but Southampton need the win more.
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Burnley have stalled of late, winning just one game in all competitions since early December. Somehow, though, they remain seventh – best of the rest. That shows just how unpredictable the teams below them have been, but that has to start now for Southampton.
Southampton win. Southampton desperately need a win, more so than Burnley despite their seven game winless run in the league. The Saints are dogged by injuries to their forwards though, with Shane Long and Charlie Austin now both down, and will be relying on new signing Guido Carrillo to build on his performance in the FA Cup with a commanding performance tomorrow.
Southampton could pop up with a win here though on the back of their new striker.