Burnley v Stoke: Match Preview

Stoke City make the 160 mile round to Turf Moor on Tuesday night, as the Clarets look to end their dismal seven match winless run.

Both teams come into the game after disappointing 2-0 losses at the weekend, Burnley at the hands of Tottenham, and Stoke at Leicester.

Defeat against Spurs, coupled with a Hull victory, dragged the Clarets deeper in the relegation battle, but victory over Stoke could ease those fears of facing the drop.

Burnley have had few slip ups against teams outside the top six at home this season, so Stoke visiting the North-West certainly represents a good chance for another three points.

Stoke on the other hand, with Premier League safety all but assured, have little to play for, but the attacking flair they have in their ranks, will surely mean they wont take their foot off the gas on Tuesday night.

Stoke’s away record has been indifferent this season, but against teams near the bottom, they have been quite clinical, so the Clarets need to be wary come Tuesday.

Team News:

Burnley remain without the services of Dean Marney and Johann Berg Gudmundsson, although the Icelandic international will resume training with the first team this week. Other than that, the Clarets have a clean bill of health.

Stoke are without the services of Stephen Ireland, while Jack Butland continues his recovery from long-term injury. Mark Hughes is sweating on the fitness of Xherdan Shaqiri, Jonathan Walter and Geoff Cameron.

Recent Form:

Burnley are winless in seven league games, their last victory in the league coming against Leicester City back in January. Out of those seven games, three have been draws and as a result of this poor run, the Clarets sit second bottom of the form table.

Stoke’s form hasn’t been sparkling either, winning just three of their last 10 games and they themselves are winless in just over a month. However, since the Potters last win, they have played Manchester City and Chelsea, so the fact they are winless in three, is no disgrace.

Previous Meetings:

When these two teams met earlier in the season at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke ran out 2-0 victors, courtesy of goals from Jonathan Walters and Marc Muniesa. Burnley haven’t beaten Stoke at Turf Moor since 2005, thanks to a goal from Ade Akinbiyi. Both previous meetings at Turf Moor in the Premier League have ended in a draw; a 1-1 draw in 2010 and a 0-0 draw in 2015.

Match Facts:

Stoke have failed to score in their last 4 away league matches.

Burnley are winless in seven matches.

The Potters have lost just one of their last eight games against Burnley.

The Clarets have only scored more than one goal in one of their last 1o league games

Predicted Line Ups:

Burnley –

Burnley v Stoke Line-up

Stoke – Stoke Line-up

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