Burnley host Cardiff City looking to record a third straight win and put Premier League safety within touching distance.
The Clarets’ 3-1 win at Bournemouth’s Vitality Stadium last weekend opened up an eight-point gap to the Bluebirds in 18th, meaning a win today would take Sean Dyche’s men 11 points clear of relegation.
If Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth fail to pick up three points today, then Burnley could even move up a place to 13th with a win.
Tonight’s game between Leicester City and Newcastle United at the King Power Stadium could have permutations before Saturday’s kick-off, with Rafael Benitez’ Magpies currently one point behind the Clarets.
The Clarets defeated Cardiff 2-1 in the reverse fixture, and the last meeting between the sides at Turf Moor ended in a 0-0 draw on the way to Burnley’s Championship triumph in 2016.
In the opposition dugout, Cardiff boss Neil Warnock says every game is now a ‘cup final’ for his side, who have lost five of the last six games, conceding 14 goals, to leave them five points adrift of safety.
Cardiff play their game in hand on Tuesday night away at Brighton, who are currently three points behind the Clarets, having played two games less due to their FA Cup run.
With the chance of safety in sight, boss Sean Dyche insists his side still have work to do in order to secure Premier League status for another season.
Dyche said: “The last two performances have been very strong, against two good sides, for different reasons.”
“Wolves are having a great season and won off the back of us against Manchester United, and Bournemouth, I think we’re the only side outside the top six to win there this season.
“They have been very important performances and valid wins and we have to do it again.
For Burnley, Aaron Lennon (knee) and Peter Crouch (appendix) both won’t feature as they continue their recovery.
Phil Bardsley will require a late check for his gashed thigh while Steven Defour (calf) remains sidelined.
For Cardiff, Callum Paterson (ankle) and Sol Bamba (anterior cruciate ligament) will miss the rest of the season.
Goalkeeper Alex Smithies (knee) is struggling and will be limited to Under-23s duty.
The Clarets have picked up 24 points from 14 games since Boxing Day, a run that has pulled Dyche’s men out and away from the relegation zone.
Burnley have only failed to score in one of the last 10 fixtures, a run that has seen striker Ashley Barnes reach 10 Premier League goals in a season for the first time in his career.
The two sides have played out four draws in the last six meetings, with Burnley and Cardiff getting one win apiece in that time.
The Bluebirds have won just three games in 2019, against Bournemouth, Southampton and West Ham United.
Cardiff have scored nine goals in 15 away games this season – the lowest in the league.
Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock: “You’ve got to give Sean (Dyche) credit. Early on in the season, people were talking about his head and everything, but he’s done it year in, year out and I think he’s up there with the best in the division with what he’s got to deal with.
"It’s a difficult task. We are running out of time and points and I think we are going to be in a situation where we definitely need to take points from these two games (Burnley and Brighton) now.
“We know they are both going to be difficult and what we’ve got to make sure is that it’s difficult for them as well.
“I would accept playing poorly tomorrow, having one shot and winning 1-0.”
Victory last week gave Burnley a first double over Bournemouth since 1999/2000, the same season the Clarets last did the double over Cardiff City.
The last time Burnley defeated Cardiff City at Turf Moor in the top-flight was in October 1961, a season which ended with Burnley as runners-up and Cardiff City getting relegated to the Second Division.
A win would give Burnley three straight wins for the second time this season.
Chris Wood is two goals away from Burnley having two players with 10 goals in a single Premier League season for the first time.