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The teams

Burnley: Pope, Roberts, Collins, Tarkowski, Taylor, McNeil, Brownhill, Cork, Cornet, Rodriguez, Weghorst.
Subs: Lowton, Barnes, Hennessey, Stephens, Lennon, Bardsley, Vydra, Long, Costelloe.

Southampton: Forster, Valery, Lyanco, Bednarek, Walker-Peters, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Perraud, Stuart Armstrong, Elyounoussi, Broja.
Subs: Long, Adam Armstrong, Adams, Redmond, Caballero, Livramento, Salisu, Tella, Diallo.

Referee: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).

Preamble

At around 9.30pm last night, things were looking up for 18th-placed Burnley. Leicester City were closing in on victory at 17th-placed Everton, a result which would have given the Clarets the opportunity to spring out of the dropzone this evening with a win over Southampton. Richarlison’s injury-time equaliser at Goodison put paid to that dream, instead increasing the gap between the two relegation-haunted clubs to four points. Burnley really need to respond tonight, with games fast running out. A win and three precious points would wipe out most of that deficit.

Only problem is, they’ve only won four games all season. They’ll also be feel a bit strange at the minute, given tonight will be the first time in nearly ten years that Sean Dyche won’t be growling in the dugout. On the flipside, one of those wins was their previous home game, against Everton, while tonight’s visitors Southampton have won just three out of 15 games on the road this season. So it’s hardly beyond the realms … and what reward awaits! Should Burnley win this, then get something from the visit of Wolves on Sunday, they’d edge above Everton at last, and the Toffees have to go to Anfield later in the day. There’s a routemap to safety, then … but the margins for error are slight. Kick off is at 7.45pm BST. It’s on!



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