Burnley will be looking to give their Premier League survival hopes another huge boost when they welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to Turf Moor on Sunday afternoon.
The Clarets will enter the contest off the back of a 2-0 win over Southampton on Thursday, while Wolves have not been in league action since April 8, when they lost 1-0 to Newcastle United.
s departure from Burnley caused shockwaves across the Premier League, but the response from the Clarets since the change of management has been impressive, picking up a point at West Ham United last weekend before recording a 2-0 victory over Southampton on Thursday night.
Connor Roberts and Nathan Collins scored the goals against the Saints, as Mike Jackson enjoyed his first victory since taking charge of the first team on a caretaker basis.
The result has left Burnley in 18th spot in the table, now just one point behind 17th-placed Everton and five behind 16th-placed Leeds United; Everton have a match in hand, but the Toffees will take on title-challenging Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Sunday afternoon.
There is still a lot of work to do for the Clarets if they are to avoid relegation, but another positive result here would lead them nicely into next weekend’s trip to 19th-placed Watford, while they also have winnable matches against Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United to come.
Burnley have picked up 18 points from their 16 league matches at Turf Moor this season, though, which is one of the poorer home records in the division, and they will be welcoming a Wolves outfit with the fifth-best away record, having collected 26 points from their 16 games on their travels.
Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Bruno Lage reacts on April 8, 2022© Reuters
Wolves, meanwhile, have not actually been in action since April 8, when they suffered a 1-0 defeat at Newcastle, so the visitors will be comfortably the fresher of the two teams entering this match.
The reverse at St James’ Park last time out was a setback for Bruno Lage’s side, with a top-four spot now seemingly beyond reach, but they are only three points behind seventh-placed West Ham United with a game in hand and just five points behind sixth-placed Manchester United, also with a match spare.
Wolves finished 13th last season, so a top-seven spot would certainly be seen as a big step in the right direction, and they have won 15 league games this season, which is the same as Man United.
Lage’s team, as mentioned, have impressed on their travels this term, picking up 26 points from 16 matches, with only Manchester City (39), Chelsea (36) and Liverpool (34) collecting more points away from home.
Wolves are winless in their last six Premier League games against Burnley, though, suffering three defeats in the process, including a 2-1 defeat at Turf Moor in the corresponding fixture last season.