Burnley Preview: vs Wolves

Burnley travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday looking to get their season back on track after a difficult start.

The Clarets have yet to register a Premier League victory and head into the game in 19th place, with just a point from their opening four matches. However, Sean Dyche’s side have had to balance their opening fixtures with Europa League qualifying games, which is no longer an issue after Burnley were knocked out by Olympiakos.

Constant rotation for European and league games, especially in defence, as well as a lack of time on the training ground has affected Burnley’s defensive shape in their opening matches. The Clarets though have now had time to regroup and will now need to improve their performances.

Wolves have made a solid start to life back in the top flight after winning the Championship title last season. Nuno Espirito Santo has recruited well over the summer, and looks to have a squad capable of more than just surviving.

They won their first game of the season 1-0 at West Ham just before the international break, and have taken five points from their first four matches.

Dyche remains without the injured Robbie Brady and Steven Defour, who are both stepping up their recoveries from injuries. He could opt to name the same team that lost 2-0 at home to Manchester United in their last game, or could make changes with the likes of Ashley Barnes and Matej Vydra fighting for a starting birth.

Wolves remain without Ivan Cavaleiro and could also be without Raul Jimenez, after the forward picked up a muscle injury playing for Mexico in the international break. Leo Bonatini could replace Jimenez, while Adama Traore could also start after scoring his first Wolves goal from the bench at West Ham last time out.

Burnley have won only five of their last 25 matches in the Premier League. They will need a much improved performance to give themselves a chance of getting result, against a Wolves side in fine spirits after their good start to the campaign.

By Jordan Rushworth




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