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PREVIEW: Burnley v Sunderland

All the build-up to tonight's big cup tie at Turf Moor

28 August 2019

The Clarets launch their Carabao Cup bid tonight (Wednesday) when they will be looking to avoid an upset against League One Sunderland and book their place in the draw for the last 32.

While Burnley under Sean Dyche have barely put a foot wrong in League football, their record in the League Cup has been disappointing.

The Clarets have fallen to lower league opposition in three of the last four seasons and haven’t been past round three since Dyche led his side to the last-16 in his first full season in charge in 2013/14.

Understandably, Premier League football, or the pursuit of it, has been the priority as the Clarets have sought to establish themselves in the top tier.

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That remains the case, but with an impressive squad at his disposal Dyche is aiming to keep the fires burning on two fronts by getting past a Sunderland side enjoying an unbeaten start to the campaign.

“The Premier League is very important,” said the Burnley boss, who has also seen his side start the season well with four points from their first three league games.

“But whatever way you look at it, you still want to do well in the cups and you want to do well in every competition you can.

"The focus is still on the Premier League, I make no mistake about it, but I think we have a more competitive squad now. We will definitely be putting out a team I believe can win.”

Sunderland, who got to the final of the competition in 2013/14 as a Premier League club, beat Accrington Stanley in round one and currently sit joint top of League One as they seek a return to Championship level after dropping into the third tier for only the second time in their history in 2018.

Team news

The Clarets are set to make a number of changes as boss Sean Dyche dips into his squad strength to give game-time to those who haven’t featured heavily in the Premier League yet.

Loan signing Danny Drinkwater is expected to make his Burnley debut in midfield but widemen Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Robbie Brady are ruled out.

Sunderland are also expected to alter their line-up as they keep more than half an eye on their League One trip to Peterborough on Saturday – which will be an eighth game in four weeks – and continuing their early promotion push.

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Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg is among those expected to come into the starting line-up, along with former Preston defender Conor McLaughlin, ex-Coventry City goalkeeper Lee Burge and former Clitheroe loanee Duncan Watmore (above).

Form guide

The Clarets return to Turf Moor for the first time since their season-opening 3-0 win over Southampton.

A one-goal defeat at Arsenal and last Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Wolves – where only an injury-time penalty denied Burnley maximum points – have maintained an impressive start to the campaign at top-flight level.

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Sunderland have hit form since their first-round win at Accrington Stanley.

The Black Cats started their League One campaign with back-to-back draws before a 3-1 victory at the Wham Stadium launched a run of four successive wins in an unbeaten start which has helped them share top spot in the table.

A Chris Maguire hat-trick at the Stadium of Light earned Jack Ross’ side a 3-1 win over AFC Wimbledon last Saturday.

Opposition camp

Sunderland manager Jack Ross: “We go to Burnley on Wednesday and then Peterborough United on Saturday which is a big game and a really tough test.

“It’s likely we will make a lot of changes on Wednesday.

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“We’ve got a good squad here and we’ve got players who are ready to go, and we will utilise that squad properly on Wednesday evening.

“We want to go and win the game – that’s the way we will approach it.

“Equally though, we have to be mindful of the game we have on Saturday and the amount of travelling we have between these two games as well.”

Match stats

This will be the first League Cup tie between the two sides.

If scores are level at 90 minutes, the tie will go straight to penalties.

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The Clarets knocked Sunderland out of the FA Cup in a replay and were unbeaten in two Premier League meetings in the 2016/17 season, including a 4-1 win featuring an Andre Gray hat-trick (above).

Burnley are unbeaten in their last five home games against the Black Cats – stretching back to March, 2005.

The Wearsiders last reached round three of the League Cup in 2017, when they lost 3-0 at Everton. Burnley have gone out in round three in the last two seasons.

The draw for round three takes place after tonight’s televised matched between Lincoln City and Everton. Burnley or Sunderland will be ball number 28.


Darren England


Wednesday 7.45pm

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REPORT: Burnley 1 Sunderland 3

Clarets suffer shock exit to extend poor cup record

28 August 2019

The Clarets’ dismal recent record in the Carabao Cup was extended by another shock defeat as League One Sunderland came from behind to book their place in the third round.

Sean Dyche’s men looked as though they would avoid a sixth successive exit to a lower ranked side when Jay Rodriguez put them ahead just 12 minutes in.

The summer signing first made his name as a Burnley player with some high-profile goals as the Clarets reached the semi-final of the competition in 2009.

But this time his first goal since re-joining the club turned out to be only a false dawn as Sunderland rode their luck to level before the break through Will Grigg and then deservedly completed the upset with quick-fire strikes from Tom Flanagan and George Dobson at the start of the second half.

The Clarets tested their strength in depth by making 10 changes to their starting line-up, with only teenager Dwight McNeil staying in the side that had begun Sunday’s Premier League draw at Wolves.

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But this was still a side packed with quality and experience, boasting a Premier League winner in debutant Danny Drinkwater and two League Cup winners in Aaron Lennon and goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Phil Bardsley had also previously been to the final of this competition with Sunderland in 2014 and after a nip-and-tuck opening spell, the Clarets made their early superiority tell with the opening goal.

Drinkwater, making the first appearance of his loan spell from Chelsea, played his part with a typically measured pass to release Matej Vydra, who also showed great awareness to pick out the over-lapping run of Rodriguez.

The striker’s last competitive Turf Moor goal in a Burnley shirt had come in March, 2012 and he bridged the gap with a classy finish, biding his time to roll the ball past goalkeeper Lee Burge.

The Clarets, striving to improve a record of just one win in their last six games in the competition, looked to press home their advantage and 15 minutes after Rodriguez’s opening goal the Black Cats had a remarkable let-off as they somehow stayed just one goal behind.

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Lennon, continuing the positive impression he has made since returning from long-term injury, smacked a shot against the foot of Burge’s right-hand post and from the rebound, Vydra hit a similar effort against the opposite upright.

Sunderland, having made eight changes of their own, almost immediately made the most of their reprieve as Dobson flicked an effort just wide from youngster Denver Hume’s dangerous ball in as they continued to look lively on the break.

And the Academy graduate again played a key role as the visitors equalised 10 minutes before half time.

This time his delivery inside was deflected off Drinkwater and fell perfectly for Northern Ireland international Grigg to stroke home his first goal of the season.

That only added to the Wearsiders’ confidence and immediately after the break they took control of the tie with two goals inside the first four minutes of the second half as Burnley's early dominance became a distant memory.

Both came from corners as the Clarets were caught napping, Hart parrying out a Lynden Gooch shot for Flanagan to nod home and then Dobson being left unattended to collect the ball on the edge of the penalty area to fire low into the bottom corner.

Burnley desperately needed a response and with an hour gone it almost came from Kevin Long who was denied twice in a matter of moments by Burge, who made fine saves to keep out headers from the Clarets’ defender.

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Dyche sent on Chris Wood mid-way through the half and the striker immediately saw a shot blocked as the home side finally began to wind up a head of steam.

He then steered an effort just wide when poking the ball past the advancing Burge.

But with the Clarets unable to find a way through there was to be no nervy finish for the underdogs or a chance for Lewis Richardson to make his senior debut from the bench to become only the fourth 16-year-old to play for Burnley since the Second World War.

Burnley: Hart; Bardsley (Lowton 78), Long, Gibson, Taylor; Lennon (Wood 69), Hendrick, Drinkwater, McNeil; Vydra, Rodriguez. Substitutes: Peacock-Farrell, Pieters, Dunne, Cork, Richardson.

Sunderland: Burge; McLaughlin, Baldwin, Flanagan, Hume; Gooch, Dobson, McGeouch, Embleton; O’Nien (Power 86), Grigg (Wyke 78). Substitutes: Patterson, Ozturk, Kimpioka, Sammut, Diamond.

Referee: Darren England

Attendance: 7,445 (away 1,093)

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