By Thomas Reynolds
10th August 2018
Sunday 12th August
Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
Southampton vs Burnley odds
Mark Hughes’ men are 5/6 to kick off their season with three points in the Southampton vs Burnley odds, while a sizeable 19/5’s on offer about their visitors and the draw is a 9/4 shot.
In terms of the seasonal outrights, it’s the Saints, who narrowly avoided relegation last year, that are shorter in the top-half finish betting at 11/8 to their opponents’ 3/1.
Southampton vs Burnley team news
The hosts reportedly have no injury issues ahead of their first outing of the campaign after full-back Cedric Soares recovered from illness.
New signing Stuart Armstrong is considered likely to make his debut, while Danny Ings, a 9/2 first goalscorer shout in the Southampton vs Burnley odds, is also expected to play some part against his former employers.
Burnley took just 17 players to Turkey for their midweek Europa League tie, with manager Sean Dyche suggesting they were all the fit players available to him.
Chris Wood is expected to miss out after the Kiwi hitman was laid low by a reaction to an insect bite, with summer signing Matej Vydra set to deputise, while Nick Pope and Steven Defour remain out and Robbie Brady is also a doubt.
Southampton vs Burnley tips and betting predictions
The Clarets’ Europa League qualifying exertions, coupled with their relatively thin squad, go some way to explaining why they’re quite so long in the Southampton vs Burnley odds despite winning at St Mary’s early last term and losing just five of their 19 away league games last term.
Yet recent opening day results of Premier League sides who’d played qualifiers for the continental competition prior to the start of the domestic campaign have often been positive.
West Ham bested Arsenal at the Emirates after six Europa preliminaries back in 2015/16, while even more unlikely continentalists Hull managed to beat QPR away after two outings in 2014/15.
Burnley double chance odds of 19/20 look the height of generosity, even before Hughes’ shocking recent record for getting results in Premier League opening day games is considered.
The silver-haired Welshman hasn’t won his first top-flight league game of the campaign in the last seven attempts, drawing one and losing the remaining six.
More concerningly still, Hughes’ charges mustered a total of one goal across that septet, meaning it’s understandable that under 2.5 goals is just 8/15 in the Southampton vs Burnley betting.
Last season only West Brom had a worse home record than the Saints, so less pragmatic punters may like the look of the 6/1 about a Burnley win/under 2.5 goals double, or correct score odds of 17/2 on a 1-0 win for the Clarets.
Key players to watch
If the Turf Moor tourists are to eke out another of the away wins that sustained them so well last term, at least one goal is required – step forward Mr Samuel Vokes.
Maybe it’s because he was born in Southampton that he’s felt comfortable enough to net in three of his last four visits home and four times in seven clashes with the Saints all told.
Vokes to bag anytime in an away win is a monstrous 9/1, while the Wales international is a lavish 6/1 in the Southampton vs Burnley odds for first goalscorer.
However, if Dyche’s men are to win at St Mary’s for the second season in succession, they’ll have to pay close attention to the south coast side’s Charlie Austin, who’s struck four times in as many top-flight tussles with his former club.
Austin is first goalscorer odds jolly for this clash at 13/5.