Burnley vs Southampton will be a tense occasion at Turf Moor on Thursday (watch live, 2:45 p.m. ET on USA Network and online at NBCSports.com) as the managerless hosts desperately need a win to give themselves a chance of staying in the Premier League.
After their 1-1 draw at West Ham at the weekend, Burnley have just four points from Everton (it could be up to seven by kick-off on Thursday) but time is running out. The shock of Sean Dyche’s firing seems to have passed, for now, and interim boss Mike Jackson is using much of the same tactics as Dyche. However, there was more urgency and attacking intent from Burnley’s wide players at West Ham and they know home games against Southampton and Wolves over the next four days will be crucial to staying on. or not in the Premier League. Nick Pope was in inspired form in goal at West Ham and he will have to continue that way, and Maxwel Cornet and Wout Weghorst will hope to continue in attack. Time is running out for the Clarets to get away and a rowdy atmosphere can be expected at Turf Moor on Thursday.
As for Southampton, they dug deep and beat Arsenal 1-0 at St Mary’s on Saturday as soon-to-be-out-of-contract goalkeeper Fraser Forster also put in an incredible display to hold off the Gunners. After their 6-0 thrashing at Chelsea, Ralph Hasenhuttl ditched his usual high pressing tactics and played a 5-4-1 formation against Arsenal and it worked. However, Southampton are likely to revert to their usual 4-2-2-2 system for this game and they can still finish ninth and they have a run of games against teams around them in the table over the next few weeks. . Hasenhuttl is yet to lead the Saints into the top 10 and that is his primary focus going into the final six games of the season.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Burnley v Southampton.
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How to watch Burnley vs Southampton live, stream link and start time
Kick-off: 2:45 p.m. ET, Thursday
TV Channel: USA Network
In line: Stream via NBCSports.com
Burnley squad news, injuries, roster options
The Clarets will be without midfielder Ashley Westwood for the foreseeable future after the horrific ankle injury he suffered at West Ham over the weekend. Erik Pieters, Ben Mee and Johan Berg Gudmundsson remain absent.
Southampton squad news, injuries, roster options
The Saints’ only injury concern is goalkeeper Alex McCarthy, who could make the squad for the first time since December. Hasenhuttl will likely bring Che Adams, Mohammed Salisu and Tino Livramento back into the starting lineup.