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 By Chris Rann

Southampton hold firm to beat Burnley and keep European dream alive

Southampton recovered from what looked to be a serious injury to goalkeeper Fraser Forster to defeat Burnley 2-0 and remain in the hunt for a Premier League top-four finish.
This Saturday's matches proved pivotal for Arsenal, who seek to usurp the second spot from Manchester Ciy, while Burnley were unable to climb out of the relegation zone after falling to Southampton.

In a fixture that could have certainly been seen as a potential banana skin, Southampton fans would have been feeling pretty edgy when Fraser Forster was stretchered off early on and 38-year-old Kelvin Davis was brought on for his first appearance in over a year. The fears were unfounded, as Southampton prevailed 2-0, though Burnley made the first half uncomfortable viewing.

Davis was called into action almost immediately and reacted instinctively to save from Sam Vokes -- perhaps the perfect tonic...

 By Chris Rann

Southampton must follow up draw vs. Chelsea with win vs. tricky Burnley

Southampton took a deserved point from league leaders Chelsea but must get all three vs. Burnley this weekend.

This week, Saints captain Jose Fonte said that last Sunday's point from champions-elect Chelsea would mean nothing if his team didn't follow it up with victory over this weekend's opponents Burnley. He couldn't be more right.

To add to the spectacle, the visiting Clarets will feel exactly the same way. They're fighting for their right to remain in the Premier League and are coming off a fantastic 1-0 home win over Manchester City. Throw into the mix that both of these teams have exciting attacking...

 By Chris Rann

Southampton have Fraser Forster to thank for earning point at Chelsea

ESPN FC's Tommy Smyth breaks down all the action from Stamford Bridge where John Terry and Chelsea were unable to consolidate all three points despite a bevy of late chances.

Just when the resolution to the Premier League weekend looked to be clear cut, football has this way of producing the unexpected. With Manchester City having lost at Burnley on Saturday, all eyes were on Jose Mourinho and his Chelsea team taking on an out-of-form Southampton at Stamford Bridge. Surely the Londoners would put their Champions League disappointment behind them and bounce back with a victory that would put the engravers on red alert.

When Diego Costa ended his goal drought by heading...

Chelsea held by Southampton, extend Premier League lead to six points

Southampton battled to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge against a Chelsea side that missed the chance to go eight points clear atop the Premier League table.

LONDON -- Three thoughts on Chelsea and Southampton's 1-1 draw in the Premier League.

1. Chelsea extend their lead but don't convince

Chelsea mathematically stretch their Premier League lead to six points, but they still look very stretched themselves. This 1-1 draw with a vibrant Southampton was yet another underwhelming performance and yet another sign that they could allow what should be a procession to the title become rather problematic if they are not careful -- although it should still be...

Advanced statistics predict Arsenal to finish third, Liverpool fourth

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti weighs in on Tottenham's chance to snatch a top-four spot in the Premier League.

Two precious European places are still up for grabs in the English Premier League. Chelsea and Manchester City have their Champions League berths nearly clinched, but below them the table is crowded. Only five points separate Arsenal in third from Southampton in seventh, with Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham in between.

While truly it is anyone's race to win, statistics can help point out some favourites and underdogs. In the top-four race by the numbers, two clubs look precariously perched...

 By Chris Rann

Southampton aiming to increase Chelsea woes at Stamford Bridge

Ronald Koeman will be looking to get the better of his former Barcelona colleague Jose Mourinho.

Depending on how you look at it, Sunday's visit to Stamford Bridge for Ronald Koeman's Southampton could either be a case of perfect timing or a recipe for disaster.

Koeman himself was in the stands in west London to witness Chelsea's abysmal display against 10-man Paris Saint-Germain, which saw them draw 2-2 and eliminated from the Champions League. But what would he have taken from it?

Well, firstly he will have certainly taken some confidence that Jose Mourinho's team aren't infallible, that...