Burnley will look to contain the in-form Norwich City when they welcome them to Turf Moor in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Clarets are enduring another slow start to a league season after Europa League exploits exposed a small squad last year. However, this time around, without any distractions, Sean Dyche’s men find themselves in 14th place, with 5 points from as many games.
They beat Southampton on the opening day and have failed to win any of their league games since then. Last week, they needed a late goal to share the spoils with Brighton at the Amex Stadium.Embed from Getty Images
Thus, Burnley finds themselves just a point away from the relegation spots and Dyche would want them to pick up wins soon. Norwich’s visit definitely offers the Clarets an opportunity, especially in front of their home fans, however, a win is not going to be straightforward either.
Their opponents, Norwich, just pulled the biggest upset of the season so far, a 3-2 win over defending champions Manchester City with a good chunk of the squad injured. Daniel Farke’s side is sticking to their philosophy and thrilling every PL fan around.Embed from Getty Images
They showed glimpses of their quality against Liverpool on opening day, before beating Newcastle in the next game. They lost another 2-3 thriller to Chelsea while West Ham proved too difficult to overcome before shining brightly against Pep Guardiola’s side.
Now, a trip to Burnley offers another chance of picking up points to fulfil their primary objective of staying up this season. However, one can expect the Canaries to stick to their style of play against every opponent they face, irrespective of circumstances.
In terms of injuries, Daniel Drinkwater should be touch and go for the game while Johann Berg Gudmundsson is expected to be fit, ensuring Dyche has a fully fit squad to choose from.
The opposite is true for Norwich City, with several players currently injured. Timm Klose, Christoph Zimmermann and Onel Hernandez are all long-term absentees while Tom Trybull and Max Aarons are expected to return after the next international break. Finally, Mario Vrancic and Moritz Leitner are both doubts for the game with calf problems.
Head-To-Head and Burnley vs Norwich Prediction
Looking at head-to-head, both sides have met 40 times in total, with Burnley winning 19 to Norwich’s 14. However, the last meeting between the two occurred way back in the 2012 FA Cup, where the Canaries won 4-1.
In fact, the duo has never met in the PL ever, making it a small occasion for the history books. However, they did play one another in the lower divisions with Burnley losing just 2 in the last 10.
The Clarets have kept just 1 clean sheet this season while Norwich has failed to shut out a single opponent so far. Thus, both teams can be expected to find the back of the net.
In the end, the scintillating form of Norwich’s attack, led by Teemu Pukki, should be enough to edge out Burnley.
Burnley Predicted XI: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Pieters; Lennon, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Barnes, Wood
Norwich Predicted XI: Krul, Byram, Hanley, Godfrey, Lewis; Tettey, McLean; Buendia, Stiepermann, Cantwell; Pukki