The Saints come into Saturday’s match off the back of two defeats and three draws, although they remain in the automatic promotion places and Tuesday’s 3-2 FA Cup defeat to Millwall at least means that the Hampshire club can focus on league matters between now and the end of the season.
The home side are big favourites although odds of 17/20 (William Hill £25 free bet) are available and Hills might be right to take on Southampton considering that Burnley are enjoying much better form at the moment, especially as they have a striker who can’t stop scoring.
Since winning at Hull City on 26 November, the Clarets have been slowly working their way up the Championship and eight of their last thirteen games have resulted in victory. Eddie Howe’s team have also won their last five games on the road including triumphs at West Ham, Brighton and Middlesbrough.
Therefore, 7/2 (Paddy Power free bet) about an away win in this game looks particularly enticing, especially with Jay Rodriguez slotting them in for fun at the moment and the young striker has scored in four of his last five matches which makes the 8/1 (bet365) about him on the First Goalscorer market an attractive bet.