Having played several pre-season matches away from Turf Moor, Burnley will be returning to home comforts this weekend for final preparations ahead of a sixth consecutive season of Premier League football. La Liga side Cadiz CF who finished in 12th position last season upon their return to the Spanish top flight, will be the opposition for The Clarets.
After beating fellow Premier League club Newcastle United 1-0 on Tuesday afternoon behind closed doors, Manager Sean Dyche will now welcome the site of stands being filled up with supporters once again, following the lifting of Social Distancing restrictions.
As for Cadiz CF, a late equaliser by Alberto Perea set up an eventual win on penalties against current La Liga champions Atletico Madrid in their latest warm up fixture.
Kick Off Time
The final friendly match ahead of the 2021-22 campaign may come too soon for star striker Chris Wood. The New Zealand captain has been on international duty this summer in the Tokyo Olympics, having qualified as one of three overaged players for the team. Despite scoring in the penalty shoot-out, Wood's chase for gold came to an early end at the expense of hosts Japan in the Quarter-Final stage.
Having not featured at all in Burnley's pre-season schedule, England international Nick Pope is the only other major doubt to for Saturday. The shot stopper is struggling to shake off a shoulder injury which forced him to miss the final 3 games of the 2020-21 season. It is unlikely Pope will be risked to play with The Clarets Premier League opening fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion just over a week away.
All remaining members of the first team squad are likely to be available for selection
The Submarino Amarillo will be hopeful Juan Cala can play against Burnley having made an return from a knee injury in a warm up match versus UD Almeria. The Spaniard's name will sound familiar to fans of Cardiff City, who saw the defender feature for The Bluebirds during their inaugural Premier League campaign seven years ago.
Another player with previous connections towards English football is striker Alvaro Negerdo. The player nicknamed 'The Beast' by Manchester City fans won the Premier League and League Cup during his one season at the Etihad Stadium. Negredo also featured for Middlesbrough during their brief return to the top flight back in 2016-17.
Pre season results so far
Morecambe: Won 2-1
Salford City: Won 4-0
Oldham Athletic: Won 2-0
Blackpool: Won 1-0
Tranmere Rovers: Won 2-1
Newcastle United: Won 1-0
Cadiz CF -
Barbate: Won 6-0
Atletico Sanluqueno: Lost 1-0
Linense: Won 2-0
Algeciras: Won 4-0
Las Palmas: Lost 2-0
Espanyol: Lost 2-0
Almeria: Lost 2-1
Atletico Madrid: Drew 1-1 (Won 4-2 on penalties)
Hennessey, Lowton, Tarkowksi, Mee, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Brownhill, Westwood, McNeil, Barnes, Rodriguez.
Cadiz CF -
Gil, Akapo, Cala, Fali, Arzamendia, Mari, Alarcon, Salvi, Fernandez, Lozano, Negredo.