Sunderland vs Burnley: Match Preview

Burnley make the long trip to the North-East on Saturday to take on a Sunderland side, who are rooted to the bottom of the table.

This clash presents Burnley with a great opportunity to end their away day hoo-doo and register their first away win of the season.

As for Sunderland, Saturday’s game is huge. If they are to pull themselves out of the drop zone, this game is a must win for them.

Team News:

Jan Kirchoff could return to the Sunderland starting 11, while Jason Denayer could also fill back in at the heart of the Sunderland defence.

The Black Cats remain without the injured Lee Cattermole, Victor Anichebe and Duncan Watmore, with Steven Pienaar doubtful to make Saturday’s game.

Steven Defour is touch and go ahead of Saturday, but it remains unlikely that he will feature at all at the Stadium of Light.

Clarets’ winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson remains on the sidelines, as he travels to London to see a specialist on his knee injury, while Dean Marney is Burnley’s only other long term injury absentee.

Recent Form:

Sunderland come into Saturday’s game having lost their last three matches, but they have won more games in the last five than their visitor’s have.

Burnley haven’t won in five, with their last win coming at Turf Moor over Leicester back in January.

Match Stats:

Sunderland have been losing at half time and full time in five of their last seven Premier League matches.

Burnley have lost nine of their last 10 away games, the only game they haven’t fallen to defeat in was Hull City last month.

The Black Cats have kept just two clean sheets in their last 10 games.

The Clarets have conceded two or more goals in seven of their last nine Premier League away games.

Fixture History:

Burnley haven’t won a game away at Sunderland since 1979, which was a 3-0 victory in the FA Cup.

The two teams have met three times already this season, with the Clarets winning two of them and the other a draw.

Sunderland have won the two previous visits between the two sides in the Premier League, running out 2-1 and 2-0 victors.

Predicted Line-Ups:

Sunderland: Pickford, Jones, Kone, Denayer, Oviedo, Ndong, Kirchoff, Gibson, Borini, Defoe, Januzaj.

Burnley: Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Arfield, Barton, Hendrick, Brady, Barnes, Gray.

 

 

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