Team news, stats and prediction ahead of Burnley vs Sheff Utd in the Premier League on Sunday (kick-off 12pm).
Burnley manager Sean Dyche could have Jay Rodriguez back for Sunday’s home clash with Sheffield United.
The striker came off not long after scoring in the 1-0 victory over Watford last week, and subsequently missed Monday’s win by the same scoreline at Crystal Palace. “He’s got a chance,” Dyche said. “We had to be careful with him, because obviously with the games programme, his hamstrings were sore, one of them particularly.”
Johann Berg Gudmundsson may be involved, while Robbie Brady is a “maybe,” according to the Clarets boss, but Jack Cork is battling an ankle problem and the game will likely come too soon for Chris Wood. Defender Matt Lowton and striker Ashley Barnes remain sidelined.
Sheffield United will be without John Fleck, John Lundstram and Luke Freeman again, with Chris Wilder admitting the midfield trio will be missing for “a couple of weeks.”
Ben Osborn impressed in Fleck’s absence and should continue alongside Oliver Norwood and Sander Berge.
Key defender Jack O’Connell has returned to training but remains a doubt, while Lys Mousset scored off the bench in the 3-1 win over Tottenham and will hope to be more involved at Turf Moor.
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This has become a much more interesting game now. Sheffield United looked much better against Tottenham. They got lucky with the disallowed equaliser but the win was thoroughly deserved.
Their energy levels were good and the goals were well-worked. I did say they were the second-most impressive team before the break. They put early crosses into the box, they go back to front well and they do not always get the credit, as they graft, too. They got their mojo back against Tottenham and it was an impressive display.
Burnley are another team who could be in with a chance of Europe. They are sitting in 10th and two points off their opponents. How did they get there? They looked as if they were on their knees.
Sean Dyche’s side had no Ashley Barnes or Chris Wood, but you do not talk much about their midfield. Dwight McNeil is a talent on the left. These two are honest as the day is long and I cannot separate them. They will have fire in their bellies. It will be a fight with lots of yellow cards, but it will be a draw.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-1 (9/2 with Sky Bet)
- This is the first time Burnley are hosting Sheffield United in a top-flight league match since a 3-1 victory in February 1976.
- Following their 3-0 win at Bramall Lane in the reverse fixture, Sheffield United are looking to do the league double over Burnley for the first time since 2005-06 in the Championship, while they last beat Burnley twice in the same top-flight season back in 1967-68.
- The last Yorkshire club to do the Premier League double over a Lancashire side were Leeds against Blackburn in 2003-04. Indeed, before Sheffield United’s win over Burnley in the reverse fixture, Yorkshire sides were winless in 16 Premier League games against Lancashire clubs (D8 L8).
- Burnley are unbeaten in their last five Premier League home games (W3 D2), keeping a clean sheet in three of those. Meanwhile, against promoted sides, Burnley have lost just one of their last 10 at Turf Moor (W6 D3), though it was in their last such match versus Aston Villa (1-2).
- Sheffield United have lost their last two away league games, as many as they had in their first 14 on the road in the Premier League this season. They’ve shipped six goals in these two defeats, more than they had in their previous six away from home (5).