Competition: Premier League – Burnley vs. Watford
Venue: Turf Moor – Monday, September 26 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)
Match Odds: Burnley 19/10 – Draw 11/5 – Watford 6/4
The Clarets have had a mixed bag of results in their opening five games and are sitting 16th in the table, they will be looking to get as many points on the board as early as possible to avoid being dragged into a relegation scrap.
Sean Dyche will be demanding more from his players even at this early stage. Their one win was a surprise result and it is these sort of games at home where they have to be looking to pick up points.
Burnley come into this one off the back of their 3-0 loss to Leicester, their second 3-0 loss of the season, goal difference can mean a lot not only for the standings, but also confidence. They have to tighten up at the back.
Watford will still be on cloud nine after their stunning 3-1 over United last weekend, they’ll be relishing this game and will feel like they can take on anyone at the moment.
However, it is important they’re not over-confident heading into this tie. It has been a good start to the season for Walter Mazzarri’s side but they have work to do to continue to build.
Watford have a poor record away at Burnley, they have not won in their last eight attempts, losing four and drawing four.
The Hornets have scored three or more goals in consecutive games in the Premier League for the first time. They now sit 9th and will be working towards remaining in the top ten for as long as possible.
Burnley have just the one injury concern ahead of this tie as Ashley Barnes is expected to be out.
Watford are expecting to be without Daryl Janmaat and Stefano Okaka, while there are some concerns over the fitness of Jerome Sinclair, Younes Kaboul and Jose Holebas.
Burnley’s last five: L/W/L/D/L
Watford’s last five: D/L/L/W/W
Key Stat: This is the first ever top flight meeting between these two sides.
Key Player: Etienne Capoue – The Watford midfielder is in spectacular form. He has already netted four goals, the joint third highest total in the early stages of the Premier League season and as many as Burnley have managed altogether.
Burnley 0-2 Watford – Burnley’s winless run to extend to four games. Although they have looked bright in stages this season they have scored just four goals in their five league games. Watford will be full of confidence and have too much firepower for Burnley.