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PREVIEW: Burnley v Wolves

Build-up as the Clarets look to close on Euro hopefuls Wolves at Turf Moor

15 July 2020

It’s another big evening at Turf Moor as the Clarets look to hunt down Wolves and stay in the frame for a top-seven finish.

Two form sides meet with a five-point gap between the clubs in Wolves’ favour, with the Midlanders currently sitting four places ahead of Burnley in sixth place.

Finishing there would be enough to earn Wolves a second successive season in the Europa League, but it’s not a done deal yet for a side still going strong in Europe this time around and within one more win of their own highest Premier League points' tally.

Sheffield United and Tottenham are within three points, with Arsenal and Burnley two further back.

Wolves have to finish their season at fellow Champions League hopefuls Chelsea on the final day, which may give hope to the others.

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And while Manchester City’s successful appeal against European expulsion means Europa League qualification can only go down to seventh spot at the most, Burnley will still be firmly in the hunt if they can secure a fourth win in six games.

A ninth home success would also put Sean Dyche's men within a point of their best ever Premier League points’ haul and all but secure a top-10 finish.

Final two games Norwich City and Brighton would then give them a chance to reach a new mark and take their European challenge all the way.

But Dyche isn’t looking that far ahead as his side remains focused on trying to extend their five-match unbeaten run one step at a time in the tea-time kick-off.

“We are going about our business in the right manner. We generally do,” said the Burnley boss.

“We are asking a lot of the players. As we always say, the next game is the most important one.

“We’ve stuck to that for a long time. It has served us well and we will continue to do that.”

Team news

The Clarets are without Ben Mee, Jack Cork, Matt Lowton and Ashley Barnes for the remainder of the season.

Joint top scorer Chris Wood successfully came through his first start since March by playing 65 minutes in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool.

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Johann Berg Gudmundsson also enjoyed his longest run-out since the turn of the year via the bench with the Clarets having no new injury concerns.

Wolves have a doubt over winger Pedro Neto after he was forced to come off during their 3-0 win over Everton on Sunday. Diogo Jota may replace him.

Daniel Podence, who scored for Olympiakos at Turf Moor as the Greek side knocked the Clarets out of the Europa League two years ago, made his first Premier League start against the Toffees and could keep his place.

Form guide

The Clarets extended their unbeaten run to five games by becoming the first side this season to take a point at champions Liverpool.

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Sean Dyche’s men have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League games and are unbeaten at Turf Moor in the league since New Year’s Day.

Burnley have collected 11 points since the restart, one fewer than Wolves.

The Midlanders started post lockdown with three successive wins.

They then lost two in a row but bounced back by beating Everton 3-0 on Sunday.

Opposition camp

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo: “It’s always tough. Burnley are a very good team and Sean knows the team. He’s been at the club for a long time, and it’s always very, very difficult to go to Burnley.

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“All the games we’ve had against Burnley have been very tough and very demanding. They’re a very good team and Wednesday is going to be a tough challenge for us.”

Match stats

Sean Dyche’s first game as Burnley manager was a 2-0 home win over Wolves in the Championship in November, 2012. Kevin Long was on the Clarets’ bench.

Dyche has since lost just once in seven further meetings with Wolves.

The Clarets are just one win away from a Premier League high of 15.

This will be Wolves’ 55th game of the season. They are still in the Europa League, standing 1-1 with Olympiakos after a 1-1 draw in Greece in the first leg of their last-16 tie on 12 March. The second leg takes place on 6 March.

Only Liverpool have conceded fewer than Wolves' 18 goals away from home in the Premier League.

Burnley were denied a win at Molineux in August by an injury-time Raul Jimenez penalty which cancelled out an Ashley Barnes goal in a 1-1 draw.

Referee

Mike Dean

VAR

Kevin Friend

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REPORT: Burnley 1 Wolves 1

Late Chris Wood penalty extends unbeaten home run in dramatic finish

15 July 2020

Chris Wood’s injury-time penalty kept the Clarets’ unbeaten home run going as Sean Dyche’s men refused to lie down.

A first Turf Moor defeat since New Year’s Day looked likely when Raul Jimenez scored with a superb 76th-minute volley to take Wolves closer to a European return.

But Burnley dug deep to keep alive their slim hopes of making it to Europe themselves with Wood keeping his cool to level from the spot following Matt Doherty's handbll as Sean Dyche’s battlers added another point to their collection and made it just one loss from 14 league games.

Six-and-a-half months after their last home defeat it looked as though the Clarets had finally run out of steam once Jimenez had scored his 27th goal of the season.

That cost Nick Pope a 15th clean sheet of the campaign on a night neither goalkeeper was over-extended.

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But despite their struggle to make chances, the Clarets still found the resolved to get some reward and gain amends for the last-ditch penalty they conceded in a 1-1 draw at Molineux in August.

And Wood deserved great credit for blotting from his mind a missed opportunity moments earlier as the top scorer claimed his first goal since lockdown to get Burnley within three points of their record Premier League tally with two games to go.

Unsurprisingly, the Clarets were unchanged from the side that started out at Liverpool where they became the first to take a point from Anfield this season.

But the line-up didn’t survive as far as the break with Charlie Taylor picking up a knock to add to the injury list with half an hour gone – Erik Pieters swapping to a more familiar role at left-back and Johann Berg Gudmundsson continuing his comeback as the replacement on the right side of midfield.

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The Clarets had just enjoyed their best spell of the half with Wood unlucky to see a goalbound strike hit team-mate Jay Rodriguez, who later volleyed over after collecting a trademark around-the-corner pass from Ashley Westwood and then almost profited from a superb ball on the break from Gudmundsson.

But Wolves showed why their goals-against record away from home is bettered only by the champions with a solid base which gave the Clarets little room for manouevre.

And despite playing their 55th game of the season – with at least one more Europa League tie still to come – the visitors were full of running when they went forward with pace.

They looked a constant threat, although Burnley’s back line again stood up to the test with Nick Pope not required to make a first-half save.

Wolves’ best chance was created by Daniel Podence – whose goal at Turf Moor two years ago helped Olympiakos knock the Clarets out of the Europa League – but from his cleverly floated pass, Diogo Jota put his shot on the turn into the side netting.

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The Clarets were still in the game, though, and despite the departure of Rodriguez five minutes in, started the second half on the front foot.

Josh Brownhill went on the hunt of his first Burnley goal as he burst into the box following good work from Wood and it took a fine block from Ruben Neves to block the midfielder’s effort.

But the Clarets almost gifted Wolves an opener when a breakdown in communications between Pieters and Dwight McNeil - a growing presence at the other end of pitch - presented Podence with a shooting chance he dragged wide.

Burnley kept probing but with Kevin Long then requiring lengthy treatment after helping break up another Wolves counter-attack the Clarets were beginning to get stretched.

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And with just over 15 minutes to go they cracked. The pacy Adama Traore led a break and even though Matt Doherty got lucky with a shot which was blocked by James Tarkowski, the quality of the finish from Jimenez, striking the loose ball first-time on the volley, was of the highest order.

Typically, the Clarets refused to lie down though and in stoppage time they rescued a point.

Wood had just missed a great heading chance from Matej Vydra’s knock-back but even deeper into stoppage time referee Mike Dean penalised Doherty for handling the ball with his arm raised as he challenged the striker and pointed to the spot.

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And this time Wood didn’t err as he buried the opportunity with a perfectly placed effort into the top corner to claim his 12th goal of the season and keep the Clarets fighting on.

Burnley: Pope; Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor (Gudmundsson 30); Pieters, Westwood, Brownhill (Brady 85), McNeil; Rodriguez (Vydra 51), Wood. Substitutes: Peacock-Farrell, Thompson, Dunne, Benson, Goodridge, Glennon.

Booked: None

Wolves: Patricio; Boly, Saiss, Coady; Traore, Neves, Moutinho, Vinagre (Jonny 84); Podence (Doherty 70), Jimenez (Dendoncker 84), Jota (Neto 78). Substitutes: Ruddy, Jordao, Gibbs-White, Kilman, Buur.

Booked: None

Referee: Mike Dean

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