Burnley v Stoke City
Both teams head into the penultimate Premier League fixture already knowing their destiny for next season. The Clarets learned their fate last weekend, despite a 1-0 win at Hull City, while
Stoke currently occupy ninth position, equalling their highest-ever top flight finish.
Both sides are also aware that a victory would reward them with their highest ever Premier League points tally, with Burnley aiming to beat their 2009/10 total of 30 points, while Stoke aim to overtake last season’s 50.
Danny Ings’ brace back in November also means a home win would secure Burnley’s first double over Stoke since the 2002/03 season.
Stoke City: WWLLLDWDLW
The Senegalese striker will be a familiar face to Burnley fans. Diouf, whose only goal for Manchester United came against the Clarets at Old Trafford in a 3-0 defeat in January 2010.
The forward also spent a season on loan at local rivals Blackburn Rovers, who were then in the Premier League.
The former Molde forward then departed Manchester United for pastures new, joining German side Hannover.
He scored 35 goals over three seasons, before joining the Potters on a free last summer.
Diouf has continued his goalscoring form, netting 12 times this campaign, making him Stoke’s top scorer.
Stoke City (Walters 32) 1-2 Burnley (Ings 12,13)
Stoke: Begovic, Bardsley, Muniesa, Shawcross, Cameron, Moses (Arnautovic 56), Nzonzi, Sidwell (Adam 78), Biram Diouf (Crouch 60), Walters, Krkic.
Unused subs: Sorensen, Whelan, Ireland, Assaidi.
Burnley: Heaton, Trippier, Duff (Keane 76), Shackell, Ward, Marney, Kightly (Jutkiewicz 60), Jones, Boyd, Ings (Reid 86), Barnes.
Unused subs: Gilks, Mee, Wallace, Sordell.
Burnley (Nugent 52) 1-1 Stoke City (Tuncay 23)
Burnley: Jensen, Mears, Fox (Jordan 77), Carlisle, Cort, Cork (McDonald 45), Eagles, Alexander, Nugent, Paterson, Thompson (Elliott 71).
Unused subs: Weaver, Duff, Bikey, Blake.
Stoke: Sorensen, Huth, Faye, Collins, Wilkinson, Lawrence (Kitson 63), Delap, Etherington, Whitehead, Sidibe (Pugh 63), Tuncay (Moult 85).
Unused subs: Lund, Faye, Davies, Begovic.
Burnley: Striker Sam Vokes is in contention for a start after the Welshman returned to the bench at Hull following a thigh injury.
Stoke: Defender Ryan Shawcross is likely to miss the clash after tweaking his knee during training on Tuesday. Marc Wilson could, however, return after serving his suspension.
A victory on Saturday will take the Clarets to 32 points, surpassing Burnley’s previous best of 30 in the Premier League in the 2009/10 season.
Sean Dyche: “We will have a greater time for reflection over the summer, but we still have two games to go and the way we work here, despite what has happened, is that we’ll be ready.”
Mark Hughes: “We have two games to hopefully exceed what we achieved last season, starting with the one against Burnley.”
Michael Oliver will be the man in the middle for our final home fixture of the season against Stoke City.
The fixture against the Potters will be the 36th of the season for the Northumberland official.
So far in the 2014/15 campaign, Oliver has issued 135 yellow cards and six reds.
His last Burnley fixture came in the season curtain raiser against Chelsea, when the Clarets lost 1-3 after Scott Arfield had given them a dream start.
Two players were booked that day, Marvin Sordell for the Clarets and Diego Costa for the Blues.
Mr Oliver will be assisted by Mr. Stuart Burt, Mr. Matthew Wilkes and fourth official Mr. Paul Tierney.
Saturday 16th May 2015
Southampton v Aston Villa 12:45pm
Burnley v Stoke
QPR v Newcastle
Sunderland v Leicester
Tottenham v Hull
West Ham v Everton
Liverpool v Crystal Palace 5:30pm
Sunday 17th May 2015
Swansea v Man City 1.30pm
Man Utd v Arsenal 4pm
Monday 18th May 2015
West Brom v Chelsea 8pm
- The Clarets Fanzone and Foundation Bars are open as normal.
- Burnley FC in the Community will be conducting free three-minute health checks in our fanzone this weekend.
- The squad will be going on a lap of appreciation to thank fans for their support at full-time.