Ahead of this weekend’s Premier League action, These fixtures during the festive are really coming at a rapid rate and we now focus on the final games of 2016, starting with Burnley against Sunderland. Burnley vs Sunderland Team News, Provisional squad, Recent form league
With both teams languishing in and around the relegation zone, this is a must win game for both sides. For Burnley, their home form is going to be key to their survival in the Premier League and, on that note, it won’t be an easy game for the Black Cats. However, with the AFCON looming, it’s important for Sunderland to pick up all three points as they will be losing a number of first team player to the tournament come January.
Burnley vs Sunderland Team News, Provisional squad, Recent form league
Burnley vs Sunderland : Team News
Burnley are without record singing Jeff Hendrick for Saturday’s Premier League visit of Sunderland through suspension.
Fellow midfielder Dean Marney will also take a fitness test after limping out of the Boxing Day win over Middlesbrough with a knock.
Defender Matt Lowton is available again after serving a one match ban.
Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford will miss Saturday’s Premier League trip to Burnley as he begins up to eight weeks on the sidelines with a knee injury.
The 22 years old strained his anterior cruciate ligament in a collision with team mate Papy Djilobodji at Manchester United on Boxing Day, although scans have confirmed there is no rupture.
Midfielder Adnan Januzaj is a available after being ineligible against his parent club, while full back Javier Manquillo and Jack Rodwell ( both hamstring ) and fellow midfielder Steven Pienaar ( calf ) have returned to training , but Lee Cattermole ( hip ), Lynden Gooch ( ankle ), Paddy McNair and Duncan Watmore ( both knee ) are still out.
Provisional squad : Mannone, Mika, Jones, Manquillo, Van Aanholt, Love, Kone, O’Shea, Djilobodji, Denayer, Ndong, Pienaar, Rodwell, Larsson, Borini, Januzaj, Khazri, Honeyman, E. Robson, Embleton, Defoe, Anichebe, Asoro.
Prediction : Burnley 1-2 Sunderland
Burnley’s Only Premier League wins against Sunderland came in their first game against them in September 2009. David Nugent scored twice for the Clarets form the bench in a 3-1 win at Turf Moor, but Sunderland kept clean sheets in both league against Burnley in 2014/15 the last time they managed three successively against them was in 1895. As a result, Sunderland could produce a 2- 1 victory in Lancarshire.
Recent Form League
Burnley : LLWLLW
Sunderland : LWLLWL
What are the latest Odds
Burnley wins : 11/8
Sunderland : 21/10
Draws : 21/10