Burnley and Stoke City have an opportunity to bounce back from the defeats suffered at the weekend when the two sides meet at Turf Moor on Tuesday evening.
The Clarets suffered a rare defeat on home soil against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon courtesy of goals from Eric Dier and Son Heung-min which left Sean Dyche’s team just three points clear of the relegation zone. Burnley have failed to win any of their previous seven Premier League fixtures and will be looking nervously over their shoulders should they fail to secure a positive result on Tuesday.
The Stoke City squad appeared to have their minds firmly on the beach when they visited the King Power Stadium at the weekend. The Potters produced a lacklustre display against Leicester City, producing just one shot on target through the entirety of the match, and were easily dispatched by the rejuvenated reigning champions of England. Mark Hughes has guided The Potters to a ninth-place finish in each of his previous three seasons in North Staffordshire and he looks set to achieve a similar feat this campaign with his team positioned in the relative safety of mid-table this campaign.
Burnley are currently in a poor run of form that has seen them gradually slide towards the relegation zone despite making a promising start to the season and having spent much of the campaign located in the top half of the table. However, The Clarets have faded badly since the end of January and have failed to win any of their previous eight fixtures in all competitions. Sean Dyche has turned Turf Moor into something of a fortress since his arrival and this campaign Burnley have picked up 29 of their 32 points in the Premier League on home soil – winning nine of their 15 league contests – so supporters will be hopeful of a positive a positive result on Tuesday.
Stoke City are consistently inconsistent in the Premier League this season and have a tendency to be quite unpredictable – in their previous 10 outings The Potters have won 3, drawn 3 and lost 4. Mark Hughes’ side have struggled for goals away from the Bet365 Stadium and have failed to score in any of their last four away fixtures, the last of which came in a 3-1 victory over Sunderland in mid-January. However, Stoke have suffered just one defeat on their travels against newly promoted sides in 11 contests since Hughes was appointed in the summer of 2013.
Burnley will be without the duo of Dean Marney and Johann Gudmundsson for the visit of Stoke City with the midfield pair both recovering from knee injuries. The only other absentee is central defender Kevin Long who has missed the vast majority of the campaign since the turn of the year with a severe knee issue. Sean Dyche may look to shuffle his squad as he attempts to correct The Clarets’ current poor run of form. Steven Defour and Robbie Brady could be recalled to the starting line-up to add an extra element of creativity whilst Sam Vokes could be in contention to replace Ashley Barnes up front.
Mark Hughes has a host of injury concerns to contend with as he prepares his side to travel to Turf Moor on Tuesday evening. Jonathan Walters limped out of the defeat against Leicester at the weekend and the man who replaced him, Peter Crouch, has also picked up a knee issue. Both players are likely to miss the contest against Burnley meaning that Mame Biram Diouf may be in line for a rare start up front alongside Saido Berahino. Geoff Cameron and Xherdan Shaqiri sat out of the game at the King Power Stadium and are unlikely to feature whilst Jack Butland and Stephen Ireland are both long-term absentees. Phil Bardsley is available after serving a one-match suspension.
Verdict: Burnley 0-0 Stoke City
Neither side come into this contest in the greatest of form with Burnley in particular in desperate need of a positive result to halt their slide towards the relegation zone. The Clarets have a fantastic record at Turf Moor but Stoke City have lost just one of their 11 away fixtures against newly promoted sides since the arrival of Mark Hughes in the summer of 2013. Both teams are struggling in the final third, so do not be surprised if this one ends as a dull goalless draw.