Burnley defender Kieran Trippier is looking forward to coming face-to-face with his former team-mate Jay Rodriguez.

Trippier relishing reunion with his former team-mate

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Burnley defender Kieran Trippier is looking forward to coming face-to-face with his former team-mate Jay Rodriguez when they take on Southampton at St Mary's Stadium on Saturday in the FA Cup.

Trippier originally came to Turf Moor in 2011 on loan only to sign on a permanent basis and for the first time, Rodriguez could see what it is like to be the full-back's opponent rather than his ally.

And the 23-year-old said that even though Southampton will go into the game as favourites against Sean Dyche's side, he is hoping that his team, which remain second in the Sky Bet Championship table, can upset the odds this weekend.

"Jay and I keep in contact and I have been texting him," Trippier told Clarets Player.

"It's great to see him doing so well and he deserves all he gets, so I'm looking forward to be playing against him.

"If he plays on the left wing, I'm sure I'll have some banter with him.

"We are doing well and if we match them up, who knows?

"There are always upsets in the FA Cup, so hopefully we can go there and get the win."

Meanwhile, Burnley's current star Danny Ings is hoping his recent good form continues into this weekend's fixture to prove to Southampton that they were wrong to let him go as a young player.

The 21-year-old has flourished at Turf Moor, scoring 19 goals in 27 appearances for the club and representing England for the first time at Under-21 level.

Both Ings and Trippier provided Burnley's goals in their 3-2 win over Huddersfield on New Year's Day, and Trippier was delighted with both his goal and with the scoreline.

"It's only been about three years (since the last goal), but I felt I took the goal well," Trippier said.

"After a one-two with Sam (Vokes) I just followed my run and got lucky with the post and bar.

"But a goal is a goal and the most important thing is the three points, which

we're delighted with.

"It's brilliant to be back in the top two and we just have to look after

ourselves and we can now look forward to Southampton on Saturday."