Saints to edge Baggies, Swans should sail past Clarets
Coral preview Saturday’s 3pm Premier League games, with new-look Southampton hosting West Bromich Albion and Swansea City entertaining recently promoted Burnley.
Southampton v West Brom
Southampton (odds-on favourites to win at 5/6) beat the Baggies (7/2) home and away last term 1-0, and are 13/2 to record that scoreline once more.
Former Saints stars Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana (now both at Liverpool) got the winning goals on those occasions, so back new signings Shane Long and Graziano Pelle to net instead. The duo are 5/4 to score anytime.
For West Brom, England Under-21 starlet Saido Berahino is the man to back. Burundi-born Berahino bagged a brace for the Baggies against the Black Cats in the Premier League season opener, so back him at 2/1 to score anytime, or 11/1 to get two or more again. He may be partnered in attack by new boy Brown Ideye, who is the same price in both goal markets.
This game will come too soon for former Celtic forward Georgios Samaras, though, who was snapped up by Baggies boss Alan Irvine on free.
In their last 13 meetings, the average goal total has only been 1.6, so you can take great odds of 3/1 for the amount scored to be under 1.5.
Swansea v Burnley
This will be the first top-flight meeting between Swansea and Burnley in 42 matches, and it is the former who go into this battle at the Liberty as odds-on favourites at 4/6. After their stunning shock victory at Manchester United, Garry Monk’s men will be in high confidence.
Swans pair Ki Sung-Yueng and Gylfi Sigurdsson have returned to their flock this season, following spells away, and got the goals at Old Trafford, and are 5/1 and 15/8 respectively to net anytime again.
The Clarets started promisingly against Chelsea, meanwhile, scoring the opening goal at Stamford Bridge, but succumbed to a 3-1 defeat. Burnley are 9/2 to win this battle, though, and 11/4 to take a point.
Their main threat from attack will come from Lukas Jutkiewicz and Danny Ings, who are also both 15/8 in the anytime scorer market.
Swansea, who have now won four of their last five Premier League matches, could welcome new signing and Argentina’s World Cup defender Federico Fernandez, if he gets international clearance in time. Fellow new recruit Tom Carroll, on loan from Tottenham could also feature. Leon Britton, Marvin Emnes and Jay Fulton are all sidelined with knee injuries, though. For Burnley, just Sam Vokes is out, incidentally also with a knee problem.