Saints need more mental strength

22 February 2018 10:42:14 EST

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino says that his team have to be mentally tougher in their fight to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

The Saints are in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup having beaten West Brom last weekend.

However, they are back in league action on Saturday with an away game at Burnley and they remain deep in relegation trouble.

We have to be mentally stronger than before because we will have a lot of stimulus against us.

Mauricio Pellegrino

They sit third bottom in the table, though they are just a point behind the three teams immediately above them.

So there are several teams involved in a fascinating relegation battle and Pellegrino says he backs his players to demonstrate they have the character necessary in the weeks ahead.

He told a press conference ahead of the visit to Turf Moor: "I believe in the character, attitude of my team and players. We have to be mentally stronger than before because we will have a lot of stimulus against us.

"The crowd, our behaviour, every single moment will either be for us or against us and we have to be ready for that."

Southampton are 6/4 to claim a vital three points on Saturday with Sean Dyche's side 23/10 and the draw is priced at 21/10.

Saturday's game is the first in a series of fixtures which could determine Southampton's fate this season with Stoke arriving at St Mary's next week and games against Newcastle and West Ham to come in March.

As they prepare for the trip to Burnley, Southampton have been hit by the news that defender Maya Yoshida is likely to be out of action for at least a month after injuring his knee.

However, there was better news for Pellegrino as Sofiane Boufal could be available to play against Burnley while Shane Long and Steven Davis should be able to return against Stoke.

Southampton are 100/1 to be relegated at the end of the season.

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