Burnley Preview vs Liverpool

burnleyThe Clarets face Liverpool tonight under the floodlights at Turf Moor. The fixture list couldn’t have been more merciless given Burnley’s desperate plight – especially as they also face Spurs, Arsenal and Everton in the next four games.

The Clarets face Liverpool tonight under the floodlights at Turf Moor. The fixture list couldn’t have been more merciless given Burnley’s desperate plight – especially as they also face Spurs, Arsenal and Everton in the next four games.The Clarets face Liverpool tonight under the floodlights at Turf Moor. The fixture list couldn’t have been more merciless given Burnley’s desperate plight – especially as they also face Spurs, Arsenal and Everton in the next four games.The Clarets face Liverpool tonight under the floodlights at Turf Moor. The fixture list couldn’t have been more merciless given Burnley’s desperate plight – especially as they also face Spurs, Arsenal and Everton in the next four games.The Clarets face Liverpool tonight under the floodlights at Turf Moor. The fixture list couldn’t have been more merciless given Burnley’s desperate plight – especially as they also face Spurs, Arsenal and Everton in the next four games.

Whilst expectations may be low for tonight’s fixture, with Liverpool keen to close the gap on league leaders Man City, Burnley will be hoping at least for a good performance. A decent performance may go some way towards making up for the poor recent form that culminated in Saturday’s horror show at Crystal Palace.

There have been suggestions that Sean Dyche may be about to ring the changes. Dyche is often conservative with team selection – preferring stability and allowing players to play themselves into form. However, his loyalty has been tested to the limit recently and he has said that players who are normally fixtures on the team sheet are now under pressure.

Steven Defour is a doubt tonight due to a knee injury, but James Tarkowski, is now fit and in contention, after hernia surgery and could make his first appearance in a month. Ben Gibson is also now fit after overcoming the same problem. Interestingly, both he and young wide player Dwight McNeil were withdrawn from this week’s u23 squad.

In terms of tonight’s opponents, it could barely be tougher – and Liverpool are sure to be buoyed by their dramatic last minute win against Everton. Whilst their front three haven’t yet hit the heights of last season, Salah, Firmino, Mané still represent a terrifying prospect for a defence as porous and pedestrian as Burnley’s. Meanwhile, at the other end of the pitch, Liverpool have proved to be very tight and it’s difficult to see them being too troubled by the Clarets forward line.

The Clarets have have won just two of their last 19 Premier League fixtures and have gained just two points from seven games. They look like they couldn’t buy a win at the moment – even against poor sides at the foot of the table. That said Turf Moor is an unwelcoming place – and on a freezing winter night under the floodlights, with a raucous home support, it’s been the graveyard of many opponents’ aspirations.

That said, whilst I expect a better performance tonight (it could hardly be worse than Saturday), I think Liverpool will be comfortable winners and I’m going for a 2-0 win to the visitors. It’s difficult to predict tonight’s line up given that changes are probably afoot and there are players returning from injury, so here’s a very bold prediction:- Hart; Lowton, Tarkowski, Long, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Hendrick, McNeil; , Vokes

Hart; Lowton, Tarkowski, Long, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Westwood, Hendrick, McNeil; Barnes, Vokes.

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