2020-21 Premier League: Week 14 – Burnley vs Wolves

Burnley welcome Wolves to Turf Moor in the opening match of a Monday Night Football double-bill. 

At least one point would see Burnley climb out of the relegation zone, whereas Wolves could temporarily rise to eighth with a win.

 

Team News

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Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Dale Stephens won’t be risked for Burnley as they continue to recover from hamstring injuries.

Jack Cork is still ruled out with an ankle injury but is nearing a full return to fitness, although he won’t be rushed back until match fit.

Wolves will welcome Joao Moutinho back from suspension which saw the midfielder miss their 2-1 comeback win over Chelsea.

Willy Boly and Leander Dendoncker are doubts with knocks whilst Raul Jimenez (head) and Jonny (knee) remain sidelined indefinitely.

 

Stat Attack

  • Burnley have won just one of six previous Premier League meetings against Wolves (W1, D2, L3).
  • Wolves have won just one of their last six league trips to Turf Moor (W1, D2, L3).
  • Last season’s 1-1 draws in this fixture marked the first time that two league clashes in same season between Burnley and Wolves finished with same result since 1976-77 season when both matches finished goalless.
  • Wolves’ Pedro Neto has scored three of his four league goals this season on his left foot in 13 appearances, compared to twice last season on same foot in 29 appearances
  • Chris Wood is the only Burnley player to have hit the woodwork more than once this season, doing so on three occasions.

 

Prediction

Burnley produced a resilient defensive performance to claim a share of the points at Aston Villa on Thursday but if they’re to win this game, they have to play with more attack because Wolves have shown that they’re a dangerous team to keep quiet despite various tweaks in style.

Wolves were underdogs against Chelsea on Tuesday with an excellently played counter strategy but here, they will start as favourites so will need to show better defending because it was poor at times in the first half against Chelsea.

Sean Dyche’s Clarets though are a proven defensive unit and possess Nick Pope in goal so this could well be another tightly fought contest, where Wolves require patience but I can see them eventually finding a narrow win.

Prediction: Burnley 0-1 Wolves

Result: Burnley 2-1 Wolves

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