Foot Predictions features Wednesday’s Premier League clash between Burnley and Fulham, including hunches, news about the team and possible lineups.
A six-point ball near the foot of the Premier League table takes place on Wednesday at Turf Moor as 16th place Burnley fight with 18th place Fulham.
Both teams won vital victories in the fight to avoid falling over the weekend, with Sean DycheThe men on the team beat Crystal Palace 3-0, while Fulham won 2-0 at Everton.
Sean Dyche was quick to credit his FA Cup rotation for Saturday’s dominant display at Crystal Palace, which continues to fight for results in the absence of a key man Wilfried Zaha.
The Clarets were eliminated from the cup in the middle of the week by championship Bournemouth, but Dyche welcomed a plethora of top players for the trip to Selhurst Park, and it was certainly worth it Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Jay Rodriguez and Matthew Lowton propelled Burnley to victory.
Dyche’s team would need nothing short of a miracle to make it to the end in the FA Cup, and although an early exit discourages a bit, they can simply focus all of their efforts on their attempt to survive after finishing a game of three games without a win playing in the Premier League with Saturday’s victory at the Palace.
The home team is now eight points clear of the feared last three, after a marked improvement in results since the beginning of December, and as the team with the fewest goals conceded in the bottom half of the table (29), Dyche now has with the goal of building with just 17 points in which his team hit the right end of the field, since only Sheffield United (15) scored fewer times so far.
Burnley would be 11 points above his opponent in 18th place with the first home win of the month, but Fulham is also not exactly lacking in confidence and will be desperate to increase his own prospects for survival when he makes the journey to Turf Moor in the middle of the week.
Josh Maja he just wasn’t able to hack in Bordeaux, but the striker wasted no time getting his career at Fulham up and running with both goals in Sunday’s impressive 2-0 win over Everton.
The triumph at Goodison Park marked the first time that Scott Parker has witnessed his team winning all three Premier League points since November 30 – a 12-game unbeaten run in the first division – but there is no doubt that the Cottagers have started to look more solid in defense over the past few months.
With only one defeat in their last five Premier League games – with three clean sheets in this series – Fulham is giving itself a chance to fight to maintain itself, but an eight-point chasm currently separates it from security, with several flaws to convert a tie into victories, contributing to their position in the last three.
Still, Parker’s men travel to Burnley knowing that they haven’t lost away from home in any competition since the turn of the year – winning two and drawing four – and 12 of Fulham’s 19 goals this season have arrived in unfamiliar territory.
However, Burnley has enjoyed an amazing success rate in this confrontation over the years, as Fulham has not won 30 trips to Turf Moor (25 losses and five draws) since his last victory on the Clarets pitch in April 1951 , and Dyche’s men crushed the capital’s team 3-0 at the FA Cup last month.
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Burnley did not leave Selhurst Park unharmed, as Ben Mee and Erik Pieters – the first was taken from a stretcher – both suffered injuries, although Dyche remains optimistic about the possibilities of aligning here.
Ashley Barnes made a timely return to fitness after Matej Vydra missed out due to an injury against Palace, while the other striker Chris Wood he is also taking care of a hamstring problem.
Kevin long and Anthony Driscoll-Glennon can be trusted from the first whistle if Mee and Pieters are not approved in form, but the hosts will not make any major changes to this round.
Aleksandar MitrovicMaja’s troubled campaign continued before the game against Everton, after he returned a positive coronavirus test, but Maja’s place at the top is not under any threat after his fight against Toffees.
Parker has only one absent to face in the form of Tom Cairney, and the Fulham boss will be reluctant to shuffle the package after such an impressive display at Goodison Park.
Yet, Ivan Knight and Andre Zambo Anguissa are looking to start after being substitutes on Sunday.
Possible initial Burnley lineup:
Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Driscoll-Glennon; Gudmundsson, Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Barnes, Rodriguez
Possible initial lineup for Fulham:
Areola; Tete, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Aina; Reed, Lemina; Lookman, Loftus-Cheek, Decordova-Reid; Maja
Probability: Burnley 1-1 Fulham
Both teams should be feeling good about themselves, despite their precarious positions on the table, and this tie can easily go its way, depending on the groups of attackers that appear on the day. Fulham have been relatively solid on their travels recently and the hosts are having to deal with new injury concerns, but we think Dyche’s men will do enough to score a point this week.
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