Football fans are forever at the mercy of the television companies who pick and choose games with around six weeks notice.

Weekend plans are often thrown up in the air as the Premier League alter the fixture calendar, forcing supporters to react.

Burnley have been on TV plenty of times already this season - including a lunchtime trip to Arsenal - but it is their game at Southampton on Saturday, February 15, which will cause travel nightmares for fans given the 12.30pm kick off time.

While the team will fly down for the game and plenty of Clarets supporters will make the 520-mile round trip in their cars or on official coaches, those who use the train network face a horror trip.

A 5am start, six changes, 16 hours and a couple of bus replacement services are among the pitfalls facing Burnley fans who want to undertake the journey to the south coast by rail and return on the same day.

We take a look at how it shapes up.

There is just one service available which gets into Southampton before kick off - but it requires an early start as it departs Burnley Barracks at 4.56am. And it is a bus replacement to Blackburn, arriving there at 5.50am.

From there it is 26 minutes to Preston with a near 40 minute wait at the station before the 7.17am service to Wolverhampton.

Then it's a quick dash to get a train from the West Midlands seven minutes after you arrive for a direct route to Southampton, arriving at 11.44am.

You're on the home straight now, justs a 30 minute walk to the ground to arrive in time for kick off.

There's the small matter of the game before the return journey.

Having made your way to the station the most sensible way of getting home would be the 3.20pm from Southampton which is direct to Manchester.

After four hours and four minutes, and a quick sprint from one side of Manchester to the other given the arrival is Piccadilly and the departure is Victoria, it's the train to Todmorden.

The train journey facing Burnley fans for Southampton trip

Fans can finish as they started with a rail replacement bus service from Tod to Burnley Manchester Road which gets in at 21.10.

All that for £108.35.

Three points would make the journey slightly more bearable but a 16 hour plus round trip for 90 minutes of action for a game that will be broadcast live on TV means that, understandably, it could be a smaller away following than it would have been for a traditional 3pm Saturday kick off.