Southampton travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley for the opening fixture of their 2019/20 Premier League campaign.
Both sides faced off against each other in the opening round of fixtures in the 2018/19 season, which resulted in them taking a share of the spoils each in a 0-0 draw at St Mary’s.
The last time the two sides played at Turf Moor, the game ended as a 1-1 draw after a last-minute Burnley penalty cancelled out a Nathan Redmond strike – the third consecutive draw between the two clubs.
Both sides should be heading into the new season with similar expectations of a push for a top-half finish. Southampton and Burnley both faced relegation fears last season and will be desperately hoping and preparing to avoid a similar situation this time around.
So, how would a combined line-up between the two teams shape up? We’ve had our say, in the 4-2-3-1 system, mixing who we feel are the best players in each position from both squads…
Angus Gunn established himself as Southampton’s first-choice goalkeeper over the second half of last season. This decision was made as Gunn shows the most potential out of two teams’ shot-stoppers.
Yan Valery is another player who established himself as a first-choice starter over the second half of last season. He is quick, strong and shows a lot of potential to be a successful right-back in the near future.
Tarkowski is the first Burnley player to make this starting XI. The England international is highly-rated and slots into this line-up with ease.
Bednarek is entering his third season in England and is now established as Southampton’s first-choice starting centre-back. He is arguably the club’s best defender and makes this team.
Ryan Bertrand was arguably the easiest choice for this XI. Despite turning 30 recently, he offers a lot for any side, both going forward and defensively.
Hojbjerg is Southampton’s captain and would be a great asset to any side. He offers great defensive cover along with the ability to start and create attacks.
Perhaps slightly sentimental on this selection, given Cork’s history with Southampton… However, he is an excellent ball-winner and remains a very good player.
Redmond was Southampton’s Player of the Season last term, and it was clear to see why. His attacking prowess and finishing ability make him an easy pick.
Ward-Prowse finally came of age in the second half of last season and scored some crucial goals as Southampton fought to retain their Premier League status. His delivery from set-pieces among the best in the division, and would be an asset to any side.
Johan Berg Gudmundsson
Gudmundsson is one of Burnley’s best attacking assets and was outstanding in Iceland’s run to the quarter-final of Euro 2016. The winger’s crossing and finishing are strong points of his skill-set, and he is an underrated player.
Striker - Danny Ings
Southampton’s top scorer last season, Ings is a great finisher and often drops into midfield to help attacks develop. His technical quality is widely under-appreciated.
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