Whilst Burnley appear to be back on track following a rough three months of play, Southampton likely can't afford to slip back after reviving their Premier League season in recent weeks.
Looking to push their league unbeaten run to four games, the visiting Clarets aim to do the season double over Southampton on Saturday at St Mary's.
From Oct. 19-Jan. 11, Burnley (9-4-12) lost 10 of 14 top-flight matches. They've since gone 2-1-0 against the likes of Leicester City, Manchester United and Arsenal to sit 11th in the table.
"They're three tough games we've just played and we've got the points there, so we are all buzzing," defender Matt Lowton told Burnley's official website following a scoreless draw versus Arsenal in their most recent match on Feb. 2.
"We'll be looking to finish the season off strong ... We have put ourselves in a great position and we will keep building to put points on the board and try and finish as high as we can."
The immediate focus out of the winter break for Burnley is to sweep the season set from Southampton by running their league unbeaten streak versus the Saints to seven in the series. Ashley Barnes recorded a brace and Johann Berg Gudmundsson put things to bed late for the Clarets during a 3-0 season-opening home victory over Southampton on Aug. 10.
The Saints (9-4-12) lost eight of their first 12 league matches and were mired in the relegation zone at one point. However, they are 7-2-4 since Nov. 23 and 13th in the table with the same 31 points as Burnley. Southampton, though, have dropped two of three following a 4-1-0 run in the top-flight.
Southampton have had plenty of time to decompress and potentially regroup following a 4-0 loss at runaway league leaders Liverpool on Feb. 1. Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl hoped the winter break would seriously revitalize the team.
The Saints also fell 3-2 to Spurs in the FA Cup on Feb. 5.
"We must bring back the players in the shape that they can play 90 minutes like we want to," Hasenhuttl told Southampton's official website. "Everybody is here back. Everybody is fit ... We have to concentrate on the league and get back to the winning track."
Danny Ings scored against Tottenham, giving him 17 goals over all competitions. Ings does not have a goal in three career matches versus Burnley.
Whilst Barnes continues to recover from injury, the Clarets likely will again need Chris Wood (10 goals) to lead the charge. Wood recorded three goals in the previous four Premier League matches before the goalless finish with the Gunners.