Sean Dyche’s struggling Burnley will take on high-flying Watford tonight. Burnley’s only victory so far this season came in their surprising 2-0 win over Liverpool on matchday 2. Since then, the Clarets have gone 4 games without a win. Sean Dyche’s boys are sitting 16th on the table and have to improve really soon. Burnley are realistically a strong relegation candidate this season and that won’t change unless they manage to grind out results at their home.
Watford will be high on confidence while traveling to Turf Moor on Monday. Walter Mazzarri’s boys thrashed mighty Manchester United 3-1 last week after an inspiring comeback against West Ham United on the previous matchday to come back from 2-0 down to win the game 4-2. The Hornets had struggled in their first 3 league games but looks like a completely different side now and the credit goes to Italian gaffer Walter Mazzarri for adjusting to life in the Premier League with so much ease.
The Clarets boss Sean Dyche has almost a clean bill of health. The only player missing through injury is striker Ashley Barnes.
The Hornets will miss Daryl Janmaat and Stefano Okaka with injuries. Bombarding left wing-back Jose Holebas is a major doubt for the game.
Predicted line-ups and tactical setups
The Clarets are likely to line up in their favoured 4-4-2 formation. Heaton is an undisputed choice under the bar. The English international goalkeeper will be protected by a back four of Lowton, Keane, Mee and Ward. Defour and Marney will be the central midfield pairing. Club record signing Jeff Hendrick is likely to start on the left flank. Boyd is likely to get a start on the right. Johann Berg Gudmundsson is another who could be recalled if Dyche fancies starting on the front foot but Dyche is unlikely to do so. Andre Gray and Sam Vokes will be two strikers up front for the Clarets.
Predicted XI: Heaton; Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward; Boyd, Defour, Marney, Hendrick; Gray, Vokes
Walter Mazzarri will stick to his preferred 3-5-2 system. Experienced custodian Gomes will start under the bar behind the back three of Britos, Prodl and Cathcart. Amrabat and Zuniga are likely to start as the two wing-backs. The midfield trio will be Capoue, Behrami and Pereyra. Skipper Troy Deeney will start up front alongside Odion Ighalo.
Predicted XI: Gomes; Britos, Prodl, Cathcart; Amrabat, Behrami, Capoue, Pereyra, Zuniga; Ighalo, Deeney
Burnley win @3.15
Watford win @2.50