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PREVIEW: Burnley v Wolves

Tale of the tape as the Clarets prepare for Sean Dyche's 300th game as boss

29 March 2019

Sean Dyche will be looking to take his Burnley managerial career full circle when the Clarets face Wolves at Turf Moor.

The ‘Old Gold’ provided the first opposition of Dyche’s reign in November, 2012 when the Clarets secured a 2-0 win with goals from Martin Paterson and Charlie Austin.

And Dyche would welcome a repeat as he marks his 300th game as Burnley boss.

“I’d take it,” he said.

Sean Dyche won his first game in charge of the Clarets with the help of a goal from Charlie Austin below

The Clarets are bidding to bounce back from a four-game losing run to open up further daylight between themselves and the Premier League’s bottom three.

A last-minute goal by Leicester defender Wes Morgan extended that sequence ahead of the international break and left the Clarets just two points clear of the relegation places.  

But Dyche knows his side is capable of producing a result and slowing Wolves’ challenge to replicate Burnley’s achievements of last season in finishing ‘best of the rest’ behind the league’s top six.

“They have some very good players and they’re in a good situation this season,” said Dyche, who is looking to keep Burnley in the top tier for a third successive year.

“They’ve had a couple of blips along the way but, generally, they have delivered good performances.

“Every game in the Premier League is a different challenge and every game is a tough game. I don’t think anyone is unbeatable.

“They are a good side and we have to recognise that, but I think they’ll be well aware that we are still a force and still a team that can upset the records, if you like, and the viewpoint from others by delivering good performances.”

Team news

The Clarets will give a late fitness check to Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who returned early from international duty with Iceland with a minor calf problem. 

Wolves are missing only suspended defender Ryan Bennett.

Form guide

The Clarets are looking to end their four-match losing run – their only four league defeats of the calendar year.

Wolves come to Turf Moor in good nick with a top-seven finish and a place in Europe a possibility on two fronts.

The West Midlanders could replicate the Clarets’ route into the Europa League from last season via the league or gain entry by winning the FA Cup.

Their quarter-final win over Manchester United last time out has given them a last-four meeting with Watford next weekend.

In the league, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side has lost just once since mid-January, with four wins and three draws during that run.

However, they have taken just two points from their last three games away from home.

Opposition camp

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo: "Burnley are a very good team at home: physical, aggressive, well organised. I expect a tough game between two teams who compete well.

"I can only focus on myself and the players, the things we want to do. But we realise how difficult it is going to be. We have to be switched on." 

Match stats

Wolves' 1-0 win over Burnley last September was their first victory in five attempts against the Clarets. 

Wolves have conceded in 11 successive away games in the Premier League.

Five of the Midlanders' last eight league games have been 1-1 draws.

Clarets' winger Dwight McNeil has been involved in six league goals - with two for himself and four assists - the second-highest figure for a teenager this season behind Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon.


Chris Kavanagh


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