Southampton v Burnley
Mark Hughes begins his first full season in charge of Southampton at home to Burnley on Sunday.
Former Manchester City and Stoke City boss Hughes was handed the reins at St Mary’s in March until the end of the season and he managed to turn results around, keeping the south-coast outfit in the top flight.
The Welshman has been hard at work to strengthen his squad and the deadline-day signing of Liverpool striker Danny Ings, who will join on a season-long loan before moving permanently for £20million next summer, has bolstered the attacking options.
Ings, who played for the Clarets from 2011-2015, is in line to face his former club whilst fellow new signings Jannik Vestergaard, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Angus Gunn and Stuart Armstrong are pushing for debuts.
Burnley‘s season got underway last month with a Europa League qualifying tie against Aberdeen and the Clarets head into the clash at St Mary’s with minimal rest, having drawn 0-0 at Istanbul Basaksehir on Thursday night.
New Zealand striker Chris Wood, who missed the match in Turkey with an infected insect bite, is struggling for fitness and Ashley Barnes is set to continue in his team-mate’s place.
Goalkeeper Tom Heaton is available after recovering from injury but summer arrival Joe Hart, who joined from Manchester City for a reported £3.5million, is likely to continue in goal after making his debut in midweek.
Southampton have won two of their six Premier League meetings with Burnley, although the Saints have only lost two of their previous 16 home league meetings with the Clarets.