Preview: Burnley vs Leeds United – prediction, team news, lineups
Burnley host Leeds United at Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon, with the two teams looking to claim their first three points of the new season.
Both clubs are heading into this encounter after advancing from the second round of the League Cup in the middle of the week, with the Clarets forced to beat Newcastle United on penalties, while the Whites secured a routine win over rivals from the League One.
Burnley was unable to replicate his impressive victory at Anfield in January, as Liverpool defeated him 2-0 last weekend.
Goals on either side of the break from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane condemned the Clarets to their second loss in a row after losing to Brighton & Hove Albion on an opening day.
Since then, Sean Dyche’s men have advanced from the second round of the League Cup after beating Newcastle 4-3 on penalties at St James’ Park after a goalless draw in 90 minutes.
Wayne Hennessey made three saves on Wednesday’s penalty shootout in his debut for Dyche’s team, which has been rewarded with a favorable third-round draw at home to League Two’s Rochdale next month.
Burnley now turns their attention to the Premier League, a competition that remains their priority, with a home clash against Leeds United, who thrashed them 4-0 at Turf Moor last season, inflicting Dyche’s heaviest joint defeat. at home. since he took office in 2012.
In fact, the Clarets have lost each of their last five league games at Turf Moor; They have only suffered the longest losing streak in the league at home once in their history, losing seven straight games in February 1890.
Dyche won’t be overly concerned about his team’s slow start so early in the campaign, but a positive result on Sunday could be the stepping stone they need to put together a hot streak of form.
Like Burnley, Leeds United has yet to claim all three points from a Premier League game this season, although they were able to come back twice to salvage a lone point at home against Everton last weekend.
A brilliant shot from Raphinha in the 72nd minute finally secured a point for the Whites, in front of more than 36,000 home fans who were finally able to watch Premier League football on Elland Road for the first time since 2004.
Around 34,000 also attended their League Cup clash against Crewe Alexandra on Tuesday night, with Marcelo Bielsa’s men securing a comfortable 3-0 win against the League One team, with a tie for the third round in Fulham looking forward to next month.
Bielsa’s team has provided exciting entertainment for the neutrals with 13 goals in the first three games, but as exciting as it is to watch his expansive style of soccer, his defensive efforts are certainly causing concern.
Leeds conceded 54 goals in the top flight last season and has already allowed seven goals in this period; The Whites must toughen up at the rear if they not only want to avoid the dreaded second season syndrome but also take advantage of an impressive ninth place from last season.
Since their return to the Premier League, Leeds has yet to draw away from home, winning and losing 10 games each. They secured a resounding 4-0 victory in this encounter last season, and with that in mind, they will be sure to secure their first three points of the new season on Sunday.
Burnley possible starting lineup:
Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Barnes, Wood
Leeds United possible starting lineup:
Meslier; Ayling, Struijk, Cooper, Firpo; Phillips; Raphinia, Dallas, Klich, Harrison; Bamford