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Southampton and Burnley fought out a largely uneventful 0-0 draw at St Mary's as the Saints started the new season in the same vein as they finished the last.

Jack Cork and Burnley will no doubt contest the offside call that denied the former Saints midfielder a first-half breakthrough.

But, beyond that chalked-off finish, this St Mary's Stadium clash lacked the final-third quality for either side to wrestle victory.

Southampton have now trudged through just one home win in 12 league matches, dating back to late November.

New recruits Danny Ings and Mohamed Elyounoussi added impetus off the bench, but still a killer instinct continues to elude Mark Hughes' south coast men.

Winchester-born striker Ings pressed and probed in his first Saints foray since joining on loan from Liverpool, but never in truth came that close to breaking the deadlock.

The visitors could well look back and accept a hard-fought point all told, especially amid their continued European adventures.

Sean Dyche's men grafted for a goalless draw at Istanbul Basaksehir on Thursday, and will be back in action against the Turks in the Europa League qualifying third-round second leg in midweek.

Opta Stats

  • Southampton are winless in their last five opening day matches in the Premier League (D4 L1), last winning in August 2013 away at West Bromwich Albion (1-0).
  • Burnley have drawn on the opening weekend of a Premier League season for the very first time, after losing three and winning one of their first four such matches.
  • Southampton have never won an opening Premier League fixture when played on a Sunday, drawing three and losing three of their six matches.
  • Burnley have won two and drawn two of their last four Premier League matches against Southampton, this after losing back-to-back games between March 2015 and October 2016.
  • Southampton have registered just one win in their last 12 top-flight home games, drawing six and losing five.
  • Southampton boss Mark Hughes has won just two of his 13 opening day matches as a Premier League manager (D3 L8), the fewest number of wins of any manager to take charge of at least 13 such matches.

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