Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Burnley preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Wolverhampton Wanderers come into this clash with six points out of six from their matches against Sheffield United and Fulham. Manager Nuno Espirito Santo would have taken great satisfaction from the fact that his men also managed two clean sheets in those matches. Their organisation and steeliness hasn’t been all that over the season, but they have illustrated a strong resolve in their back-three system. 

Burnley had put together some impressive performances before the international break. However, it has spiralled downhill since then, losing three matches on the spin. Their usually formidable defence has looked vulnerable. 

Team News

Wolves will be without Pedro Neto for the rest of the season, after the winger picked up a nasty knee injury against Fulham. Jonny Otto is also out for the remainder of the campaign as he is receiving surgery for an ACL injury that he sustained in April. 

Fernando Marcal is recovering from his groin problem but this weekend’s match will be a little soon for the wing-back, while Ruben Neves should miss out as he is currently self isolating. 

Raul Jimenez is slowly coming back from that horrendous skull fracture against Arsenal, but there is no rush to bring him into first-team action. 

In the other camp, Nick Pope should return after missing the last two matches with a shoulder problem. Bailey Peacock-Farrell has done very little wrong but he will expect to make way for the England international. 

Muscle injuries have kept Ashley Barnes on the sidelines since February’s 1-1 draw against Fulham, and it doesn’t look like he will be making his return on Sunday. Robbie Brady is also struggling to shake off muscle concerns. Kevin Long will also be out with a calf injury. 

Dyche will also have to decide whether to revert back to his trusty 4-4-2, or continue in the 4-5-1 that he utilised recently against Manchester United

Predicted line-ups 

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Patricio; Saiss, Coady, Boly; Semedo, Dendoncker, Moutinho, Ait-Nouri; Traore, Jose, Podence.

Burnley: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Cork; Gudmundsson, Brownhill, Westwood, McNeil; Wood. 

Ones to watch

Daniel Podence - The diminutive winger had a brilliant start to the season, before falling into the shadow of Neto. Podence has missed a large portion of the campaign with injury but he will hope that his problems are now at an end. His talent is there for all to see.

Chris Wood - The striker performed well as a lone forward at Old Trafford. He had forged a good partnership with Vydra, but the New Zealander did well to link the attack with the midfield. Whether Dyche goes with a lone striker or a double-pronged attack, Wood will be the 

Previous Meetings

The reverse fixture ended 2-1 to the Clarets. Barnes and Wood put Burnley in command before Fabio Silva pulled one back from the penalty spot. 

How to watch

The game will be live on BBC One, kicking off on Sunday at 12.00. 

What the managers have said

Sean Dyche on formations:

"The team can operate in different manners when we need it and when it is appropriate.

"We felt it was appropriate against Manchester United but that doesn't necessarily mean we will feel it is appropriate against Wolves.

"It is good that players can operate in different roles, we have often had to do that through injuries, and through the fact that we don't invest in the team as much as everyone else.”

Nuno Espirito Santo on ending the season positively:

“It’s important to play good, to perform, and improve our game against Burnley. This is what we focus on.

“Until the end of the season we have a lot of matches to play and a lot of time when we can take advantage of the situation to try and improve and build a foundation. First, it’s Burnley, let’s totally focus on how we want to approach the game.

“They are a good squad, a good team that creates problems not only to us, but all the teams because their approach of the game is intense, they play good football, they have a good manager and good players.

“They’re real attacks on their strikers, really compact on their defence, a very tough team, a very tough team and a very good team.”

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