Why a flawless Southampton win over Burnley is bet of the weekend
When scouring the Premier League fixture list for shrewd investment opportunities, it’s not too often that a bet as seemingly belting as Southampton beating Burnley to nil jumps off the page at you.
Apologies to Clarets clearly, but there seems to be a perfect punting storm brewing on the south coast for Sky Sports’ second helping of top-flight action on Sunday that makes the 1/1 about said bet phenomenal value.
As heroic-ish as Sean Dyche’s side have been at Turf Moor this season, defeating Liverpool and Watford, they’ve made their travelling faithful suffer considerably.
A trip to League Two Accrington in the EFL Cup set the tone for their subsequent road form, after lowly Stanley saw off them off 1-0 to earn Lancashire bragging rights.
Chelsea and Leicester then put three each past Burnley in successive away league assignments, so Southampton should be eagerly anticipating the visit of the Premier League’s sickliest travellers to date.
After a rocky start under Claude Puel’s Saints stewardship, to his enormous credit the Frenchman has quickly got a handle on his squad and presided over four wins and two draws heading into this one.
Starting with a 3-0 Europa League stroll over Sparta Prague at St Mary’s, Swansea and Crystal Palace have been also been beaten to nil at home in league and cup respectively.
That mid-September EFL Cup win over the Eagles was the last time Puel’s side turned out in front of their own and the recurring theme throughout this undefeated streak – which also includes a 3-0 trouncing of West Ham away – is a clean sheet in every match.
Although they were kept off the scoresheet at the King Power before the international break, Southampton still registered five shots on target to Leicester’s one, while Charlie Austin has scored five in his last five appearances.
Boasting such a robust rearguard, this bet looks close to fool proof.
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