Burnley vs Sunderland
England Premier League.
Date: Saturday, 31st December 2016.
Kick-off at 15:00 UK.
Venue: Turf Moor, Burnley.
Burnley FC didn’t disappoint their home fans in their Boxing Day clash against Middlesbrough. An 80th minute goal from Andre Gray was enough seal the win by a 1-0 margin. It was only their 6th win of the season and all six have come at the home turf. And it was once again clear that their home form will be a key factor in helping them avoiding relegation this season. Sean Dyche managed side are currently 14th in the league table with 20 points from their 18 games so far.
Sunderland on the other hand were brushed aside by Manchester United by a heavy 3-1 margin on the Boxing Day. They are in a big struggle since the start of the season with half the squad out with injuries. However, they did show some improvements, but those came in the home games. At the same time, they are one of the worst sides while playing away from home. The Black Cats lost 7 of their 9 away matches this season, managing a win and a draw.
Burnley: Team News
Burnley will be without midfielders Jeff Hendrick through suspension and Johann Berg Gudmundsson through injury. This could open a chance for Steven Defour, who has been overlooked for the first team in the past few weeks.
The versatile Matthew Lowton could return to the full-back position replacing Jon Flanagan after serving his one match ban in the 1-0 win over Middlesbrough.
Burnley: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-4-2)
Heaton – Ward, Mee, Keane, Lowton – Arfield, Marney, Defour, Boyd – Gray, Voakes.
Sunderland: Team News
David Moyes could be without 9 players in his team’s trip to Burnley this weekend. Jan Kirchoff, Duncan Watmore, Lee Cattermole and Jack Rodwell are some of the major names in the list. While Steven Pienaar and Javier Manquillo could be assessed for fitness closer to the kick-off.
Sunderland: Predicted Starting Line-up (4-3-3)
Mannone – Aanholt, Djilobodji, Kone, Jones – Denayer, Ndong, Larsson – Borini, Anichebe, Defoe.
Burnley vs Sunderland: Head-to-head stats
The teams had met on 12 occasions since 1990 and Sunderland lead the head-to-head with 6 wins, 5 draws and 1 loss. The lone Burnley win came during their Premier League clash of the 2009/10 Premier League season.
In the 6 matches during the period at Turf Moor, Burnley were defeated twice and three matches ended in draws.
Burnley vs Sunderland: Prediction
Burnley are a capable side at home and they could pile further misery on al already depleted Sunderland. Their home record in Premier League speaks for itself; 4 wins in the last 5 with a lone defeat coming by a 1 goal margin against Manchester City.
The Clarets are also unbeaten in the last three matches at home against Sunderland. Moreover, the Black Cats will be without a number of key players due to injuries. Therefore, our pick for the match is none other than a home win for Burnley.
Burnley vs Sunderland: Bet Tips
Burnley to win at 16/11 (2.45)
Correct Full Time Score: 2-1 for Burnley at 10/1 (11.00).