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PREVIEW: Watford v Burnley

Tale of the tape as the Clarets aim to extend winning run at Watford

19 January 2019

The Clarets hit the road for the next phase of their recovery mission as they launch another pivotal run of games.

Saturday’s trip to Watford is the first of three successive away fixtures – including Manchester City in a fourth-round FA Cup tie next weekend.

Three of the Clarets’ next scheduled four Premier League games are all away from Turf Moor – although should Tottenham reach the final of the Carabao Cup the schedule may look different depending on a new date for the visit Spurs which is currently penciled in for 23rd February.

Burnley go to Watford, Manchester United and Brighton – with a big home game against Southampton slotted in between.

But given their recent resurgence, the Clarets’ should travel with no fear as they look to make it five wins in a row in all competitions and back-to-back away wins in the Premier League following their victory at Huddersfield Town last time on their travels.

The Clarets’ resurgence has lifted Sean Dyche’s men out of the bottom three and the Burnley boss is looking to continue that run as he returns to the club where he was a player and manager before joining Burnley in 2012.

“We are beginning to get back to that level of consistent performance now and that’s all you can hope for,” said Dyche.

“We know we are still climbing back to what we want to be, but it has to continue.”

Saturday’s game will be preceded by a minute’s applause in memory of former Watford record appearance maker Duncan Welbourne, who died earlier this week.

And the home supporters will also pay tribute before the game to legendary former manager Graham Taylor to mark the second anniversary of his death.                                          

Team news

The Clarets are giving a late check to winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson, but are hopeful either Phil Bardsley or Matt Lowton will be fit to play at right-back.

Robbie Brady sits out the last game of a three-match ban and Nick Pope is not yet under consideration after playing for the U23s on Friday.

Watford midfielder Will Hughes, who scored in a 3-1 win at Turf Moor in October, is expected to miss out following concussion and defender Sebastian Prodl is out with a knee injury.

Former Clarets striker Andre Gray could be back in the Hornets’ squad, along with defender Christian Kabasele.

Form Guide

The Clarets are chasing a fourth successive top-flight win for only the second time since 1968.

The last time they did it came at Watford last season as part of the five in a row that secured European football.

Burnley are also looking for a fifth successive win in all competitions and a second successive away victory.

Seventh-placed Watford have lost just once in seven Premier League games, as well as winning at Woking in the FA Cup during their current run.

However, Javier Gracia’s side has lost five home league games this season and have taken just one point from their last two outings at Vicarage Road.

Opposition camp

Watford manager Javi Gracia: “I am sure it will be very demanding. It will be a very strong and tough game because they always compete very well.

“It will be demanding as they play the long ball many times, with lots of challenges, lots of second balls and you always need to be ready for this.

“They compete always very well, nothing unfair and very demanding. They try to win the games in the same way we do.”

Match stats

The Clarets are looking to win their first three top-flight games in a calendar year for the first time since 1958.

None of the last 19 league games between the two clubs has ended in a 0-0 draw.

Watford are seeking to do the double over Burnley for the first time since 2002/03 after winning 3-1 at Turf Moor in August.


Michael Oliver


Saturday 3pm

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