Hasenhuttl Targets Crucial Result

Hasenhuttl Targets Crucial Result

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl says it is vital his side avoid defeat at relegation rivals Burnley on Saturday.

Saints sit 16th in the Premier League table, four points clear of Cardiff in 18th spot.

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Burnley are one place below Southampton, with the two sides level on 23 points, and Hasenhuttl feels it is crucial his side do not lose to their direct rivals at Turf Moor.

“It’s more important that we go unbeaten against these types of opponents,” he said. “It is a team that also is fighting for everything and it is not easy to take points in such games.”

Southampton midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is expected to be available despite suffering a cut to his head in the draw with Crystal Palace in midweek.

Forward Charlie Austin is rated as a doubt due to an ankle problem.

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