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Southampton predicted XI vs Burnley

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Southampton will be looking to bounce back from three successive defeats with a victory over Burnley on Saturday.

Manager Ronald Koeman knows that the trip to the North does not represent an easier one, but if his side can find the form that has propelled them to fifth place, they can emerge victorious.

Unchanged at the back

With James Ward-Prowse and Toby Alderweireld back in the squad this weekend, the Dutch boss might be thinking of a reshuffle at Turf Moor.

Although Alderweireld is returning from injury, Koeman will not have seen too much wrong with Maya Yoshida's performances against Manchester United and Arsenal, so a change here seems unlikely.

Jose Fonte's uncharacteristic mistake allowed Robin Van Persie to give United the lead on Monday night, but the Saints captain is also unlikely to be dropped.

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Nathaniel Clyne and Ryan Bertrand have really impressed so far this season, and Koeman will be looking to his fullbacks to give additional support in the wide areas going forward.

Alderweireld in

With Alderweireld and Ward-Prowse now available, it seems likely that Koeman will make a change in the centre of his midfield.

Victor Wanyama has been a huge presence in recent games, and he should be partnered by the returning Alderweireld, who looked equally at home in the centre of the park as in defence before injury.

The Belgian's inclusion will allow Steven Davis to advance into the more attacking role of the midfield three, where he is most suited.

The Ireland captain is an unsung hero at St. Mary's and having him back in his preferred position will no doubt please the travelling Southampton fans.

Mane out

The person most likely to make way for Alderweireld to return is Sadio Mane.

The Senegalese did not have his most impressive night against Manchester United and Koeman should stick with Shane Long and Dusan Tadic in the wide areas this weekend.

Graziano Pelle was back on the score sheet on Monday night, sweeping home a close range effort which was his first league goal since late October.

The Italian is the Southampton talisman this season and if they are to get anything from a stubborn Burnley side this weekend, they will certainly need Pelle at his best.

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