Saturday, April 13, 2024

Prediction: Burnley vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Verdict: Home win

Best odds: 9/5

Bookmaker: Unibet

After securing an impressive draw against Chelsea, Burnley will look to continue their positive momentum as they host Wolverhampton Wanderers in their upcoming Premier League fixture on Tuesday night at Turf Moor.

Burnley managed to earn a point in their 2-2 draw with Chelsea in their previous match, showcasing their resilience against an expensive, if maybe not top, side. Meanwhile, Wolves suffered a 2-0 defeat against Aston Villa in their most recent outing.

Burnley

Despite enduring a challenging season, Burnley have shown resilience and determination in recent matches, earning five points from their last three league fixtures. Their commendable performance includes a 2-2 draw against West Ham United, a 2-1 victory over Brentford, and a hard-fought 2-2 draw against Chelsea.

Notably, the Clarets twice came from behind to book a point against Chelsea, despite being reduced to 10 men after Lorenz Assignon was sent off in the first half. Additionally, manager Vincent Kompany was also shown a red card for his protests, meaning he will be absent from the touchline for the game on Tuesday.

Currently positioned 19th in the table, Burnley remain four points behind 17th-place Nottingham Forest. However, with several matches remaining in the season, Kompany and his men will still have enough opportunities to climb up the standings and secure their Premier League status for the next campaign, providing their form doesn’t drop away.

Team News

Burnley will face Wolves without Aaron Ramsey, Nathan Redmond, Luca Koleosho, Jordan Beyer, and Ameen Al-Dakhil, all of whom are sidelined due to injury. Additionally, Lorenz Assignon will be absent due to suspension following his red card against Chelsea.

However, there will be a boost for the home side as David Datro Fofana returns to the lineup in the central attacking role. The striker, who is at Turf Moor on loan from Chelsea, has been a key contributor since his arrival in January, scoring four goals in the Premier League. Alongside Fofana, Lyle Foster is expected to feature in the attacking lineup after causing problems for Fofana’s parent club in their recent match.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolves will be looking to bounce back from recent disappointments when they face Burnley. They suffered a 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa in their last Premier League match, with goals from Moussa Diaby and Ezri Konsa securing the three points for Champions League-chasing Villa. Prior to that, they were eliminated from the FA Cup after a 3-2 loss to Coventry City in the quarterfinals.

Currently sitting in 10th place in the league table, Wolves have accumulated 41 points from 29 matches. Despite their recent setbacks, they remain a point ahead of 11th-place Chelsea.

Injuries to key attackers such as Matheus Cunha, Hwang Hee-chan, and Pedro Neto have hampered Wolves’ attacking prowess in recent games. These absences have posed challenges for manager Gary O’Neil, who will be hoping to avoid a ninth away league defeat of the season when his side faces Burnley on Tuesday.

Team News

Pedro Neto and Hwang Hee-chan are still unavailable for selection, while Craig Dawson, Jean-Ricner Bellegarde, as well as Cunha are classed as doubts at the moment.

In the game against Aston Villa, 18-year-old Leon Chiwome made his first Premier League start and could retain his place in the lineup if Cunha is unable to recover in time for Tuesday’s fixture.

Given the persistent injury issues, O’Neil may opt for minimal changes to the lineup. Pablo Sarabia is expected to feature in a wide position once again, while Mario Lemina could occupy an advanced role in the team.

Conclusion

Wolves would likely be considered favourites to walk away from Turf Moor with the whole prize, if O’Neil had the full squad at his disposal. But under the current circumstances, Burnley have a very good opportunity to make this match count for more than the previous one in their struggle to avoid relegation.

Verdict: Home win

Best odds: 9/5

Bookmaker: Unibet

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Veselin Trajkovic


Vesko is a football writer that likes to observe the game for what it is, focusing on teams, players and their roles, formations, tactics, rather than stats. He follows the English Premier League closely, Liverpool FC in particular. His articles have been published on seven different football blogs.

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