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PREVIEW: Watford v Burnley

Tale of the tape as the Clarets aim to extend winning run at Watford

19 January 2019

The Clarets hit the road for the next phase of their recovery mission as they launch another pivotal run of games.

Saturday’s trip to Watford is the first of three successive away fixtures – including Manchester City in a fourth-round FA Cup tie next weekend.

Three of the Clarets’ next scheduled four Premier League games are all away from Turf Moor – although should Tottenham reach the final of the Carabao Cup the schedule may look different depending on a new date for the visit Spurs which is currently penciled in for 23rd February.

Burnley go to Watford, Manchester United and Brighton – with a big home game against Southampton slotted in between.

But given their recent resurgence, the Clarets’ should travel with no fear as they look to make it five wins in a row in all competitions and back-to-back away wins in the Premier League following their victory at Huddersfield Town last time on their travels.

The Clarets’ resurgence has lifted Sean Dyche’s men out of the bottom three and the Burnley boss is looking to continue that run as he returns to the club where he was a player and manager before joining Burnley in 2012.

“We are beginning to get back to that level of consistent performance now and that’s all you can hope for,” said Dyche.

“We know we are still climbing back to what we want to be, but it has to continue.”

Saturday’s game will be preceded by a minute’s applause in memory of former Watford record appearance maker Duncan Welbourne, who died earlier this week.

And the home supporters will also pay tribute before the game to legendary former manager Graham Taylor to mark the second anniversary of his death.                                          

Team news

The Clarets are giving a late check to winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson, but are hopeful either Phil Bardsley or Matt Lowton will be fit to play at right-back.

Robbie Brady sits out the last game of a three-match ban and Nick Pope is not yet under consideration after playing for the U23s on Friday.

Watford midfielder Will Hughes, who scored in a 3-1 win at Turf Moor in October, is expected to miss out following concussion and defender Sebastian Prodl is out with a knee injury.

Former Clarets striker Andre Gray could be back in the Hornets’ squad, along with defender Christian Kabasele.

Form Guide

The Clarets are chasing a fourth successive top-flight win for only the second time since 1968.

The last time they did it came at Watford last season as part of the five in a row that secured European football.

Burnley are also looking for a fifth successive win in all competitions and a second successive away victory.

Seventh-placed Watford have lost just once in seven Premier League games, as well as winning at Woking in the FA Cup during their current run.

However, Javier Gracia’s side has lost five home league games this season and have taken just one point from their last two outings at Vicarage Road.

Opposition camp

Watford manager Javi Gracia: “I am sure it will be very demanding. It will be a very strong and tough game because they always compete very well.

“It will be demanding as they play the long ball many times, with lots of challenges, lots of second balls and you always need to be ready for this.

“They compete always very well, nothing unfair and very demanding. They try to win the games in the same way we do.”

Match stats

The Clarets are looking to win their first three top-flight games in a calendar year for the first time since 1958.

None of the last 19 league games between the two clubs has ended in a 0-0 draw.

Watford are seeking to do the double over Burnley for the first time since 2002/03 after winning 3-1 at Turf Moor in August.

Referee

Michael Oliver

Kick-off

Saturday 3pm

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Watford 0 Burnley 0

Clarets denied injury-time 'winner' but collect another valuable point

19 January 2019

These two sides had never been involved in a goalless draw at Vicarage Road before and it’s a mystery how that record was ended in the most unlikely of stalemates.

Both sides had chances to break the deadlock and take the scoring run into a 21st fixture. 

But it was Burnley who would have felt the most aggrieved not to have taken maximum points – Chris Wood having an injury-time effort ruled out despite appearing to be on-side – as their recent upsurge in form continued.

A fourth successive top-flight win for only the second time since 1968 eluded the Clarets as they were unable to repeat the result that made it four in a row by winning at Vicarage Road last season.

But bar a more clinical edge in front of goal they couldn’t have done much more to record a third away win of the campaign with one of their best performances on the road this season.

Sean Dyche’s men again looked like a side more than capable of piling up the points to pull away from trouble near the foot of the table.

And they were at least able to add one more to the collection as goalkeeper Tom Heaton also played his part in keeping the momentum going with a second clean in four games the reward for another impressive performance.

Watford, trying to emulate the Clarets of last season and finish ‘best of the rest’ outside the top six, had lost just one of their previous eight games and started like a team not short of confidence.

Troy Deeney, one of the few survivors from Dyche’s time in charge in 2011/12, caused early problems by creating two chances for the Hornets to take the lead.

His ball over the top released Gerard Deulofeu inside the opening two minutes but the former Barcelona man was unable to beat Tom Heaton, who stood firm to make a vital save.

Deeney’s knock-down from a Roberto Pereyra cross then found Ken Sema, whose effort was blocked in front of goal by James Tarkowski as Heaton covered behind.

But that kind of threat was the exception rather than the norm as Burnley then played their way into the game to become the dominant force for the remainder of the first half.

And they should have led thanks to two chances for Ashley Barnes.

It was the running of Barnes and Chris Wood – and the prompting of the midfield men behind – that got the Clarets on the front foot and totally knocked Watford out of their stride.

But Barnes was unable to provide the final touch as he headed a superb Ashley Westwood cross into the arms of a grateful Ben Foster in the Watford goal.

And then after Adrian Mariappa had inadvertently headed a Phil Bardsley cross to the feet of the striker in front of goal, Barnes directed his effort wide of the target.

Wood and Dwight McNeil also found the side netting, but in stoppage time Watford almost made the most of their reprieve when Deeney connected with a cross from Kiko Femena to bring another fine save out of Heaton, moving sharply to his right to parry.

The break did nothing to check the Clarets’ momentum as Jeff Hendrick then had the chance to add to the goal he was belatedly awarded to set up last weekend’s win over Fulham after being teed up by Wood.

But Foster blocked his effort and from back-to-back corners, McNeil blazed over after Ben Mee had headed the ball back across the six-yard box.

It was remarkable that the stalemate sustained as Heaton had to again show smart reflexes to block with his legs after a Deeney header was diverted goalwards by a falling Tarkowski and Pereyra curled an effort just wide.

But Burnley were never content to just settle for a point and in injury time they were controversially denied all three.

McNeil’s skidding drive was parried by Foster and Wood was in line with last defender Jose Holebas when he followed up to tuck away the loose ball – an assistant’s flag denying him a dramatic winner.

Watford: Foster, Mariappa, Deulofeu, Cleverley, Deeney, Sema (Success 56), Femenía (Britos 77), Holebas, Kabasele, Capoue, Pereyra. Substitutes: Gomes, Masina, Gray, Quina, Wilmot.

Booked: Deulofeu

Burnley: Heaton; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick, Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Barnes, Wood. Substitutes: Hart, Lowton, Vokes, Gibson, Defour, Vydra, Long.

Booked: Mee, Bardsley

Referee: Michael Oliver

Attendance: 19,510

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