Sean Dyche hopes that Wolves’ Europa League exertions can open the door for the Clarets to build on their solid start to the season.
The Clarets have first-hand experience from this time last year of attempting to juggle European commitments with the demands of the Premier League.
And following their impressive play-off first leg win in Turin on Thursday, Dyche feels there is an opportunity for his players to exploit a chink in Wanderers’ armour.
“Wolves have started the season with a lot on their plate with the Europa League, which we know all about,” he explained.
“On reflection, I don’t think they had as tough a first couple of rounds as we had last season, but they got a great result at Torino in midweek.
“There are no guarantees that will have an effect, but having been through it, we know it can. It’s just about how much!
“Inevitably it does eventually catch up with you, and so many managers phoned me about that before we went into it.
“It can be early in the season or a bit later, but hopefully it will catch up with them this weekend and we can get up with a performance that can earn us a win.”
Wanderers will be a tough nut to crack on home turf, as Manchester United found out before Nuno Espirito Santo’s side headed to Italy earlier this week.
“They are a good side, especially at home, and certainly a team to be reckoned with,” Dyche added.
“They have a similar format from the past few years, which they haven’t gone away from – and why would you, given it’s been successful?
“They don’t mind mixing it up and their pass map shows that. They’ll will hit longer passes and big diagonals and try to get in behind you, but they will also pass it.
I like them. They are a good side, but we played very well at home against them last season and it’s about understanding how they play, while trying to impress our own game on them.”
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