Burnley vs Watford Preview: How to watch, team news, predicted line-ups and ones to watch
BURNLEY, ENGLAND - JUNE 25: Jay Rodriguez of Burnley FC beats Etienne Capoue of Watford FC during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Watford FC at Turf Moor on June 25, 2020 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey - Danehouse/Getty Images)

Saying this game is huge at the bottom of the table would be an understatement as Burnley take on fellow strugglers Watford in a crunch match at Turf Moor. 

The game is rearranged for the second time after Burnley and Watford both had the game called off for Covid 19 cases. 

A victory for either one of these sides could be a catalyst to potentially change their seasons whereas a defeat would leave them a mountain to climb. 

It could go down as one of the most important games at the bottom of the Premier League this season and both sides will be wanting three points. 

  • Team News 

Sean Dyche will be pleased that he has some players returning to the squad for the fixture but also has some absentees. 

One huge boost for the hosts will be the return of the influential Maxwel Cornet after the Ivorian returned from the African Cup of Nations. 

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The Clarets look set to give new Dutch striker Wout Weghorst his Premier League debut due to lack of striking options available to Dyche. 

Josh Brownhill will have to serve a one game ban after accumulating five yellow cards before the 19 game mark this season. 

Burnley will be without Matej Vydra as he recovers from a hernia operation, Johann Berg Gudmundsson is out with appendicitis and Charlie Taylor is 'touch and go'. 

As for new Watford manager Roy Hodgson, his first game in charge faces some selection headaches.

One huge loss for The Hornets is the suspended Emmanuel Dennis after the Nigerian was sent off in Claudio Ranieri's last game in charge in the home defeat to Norwich. 

Ismaila Sarr will also be absent as he is on international duty with Senegal in the AFCON Final vs Egypt. 

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William Troost-Ekong, Adam Masina and Imran Louza will all be available once again following their return from international duty. 

  • Ones to Watch 

Burnley - Wout Weghorst: The new man has certainly got the Burnley support excited. The Dutchman joined from Wolfsburg on Deadline Day and may be drafted straight in due to Burnley's injuries going forward. With such a good record in the Bundesliga, it'll be interesting to see if he can hit the ground running in the Premier League. Burnley will certainly be hoping so. 

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Watford - Joshua King: With the suspension of Dennis, it's time for King to step up in attack for The Hornets. The Norwegian international has been linked with Burnley in the past and Sean Dyche will be hoping that King does cement more woes to Burnley's season. 

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  • Predicted Line-ups

Burnley: Pope, Roberts, Mee, Tarkowski, Pieters, McNeil, Cork, Westwood, Lennon, Cornet, Weghorst (4-4-2)

Watford:  Foster, Ngakia, Troost-Ekong, Cathcart, Kamara, Sissoko, Kucka, Kayembe, Hernandez, King, Joao Pedro (4-3-3)

  • Form Guides 

Neither side comes into this game in particularly good form. Burnley edge it ever so slightly but that's a very tight edge. 

The Clarets are coming off the back of a battling draw at The Emirates before the winter break whereas The Hornets are coming off the damning defeat at home to Norwich. 

Burnley did the double over Watford back in the disrupted 2019/20 season with 3-0 and 1-0 victories. 

Sean Dyche's side have won four of the last six encounters between the two but Saturday's game is bound to be open. 

  • Prediction 

This one is incredibly difficult to predict based on both clubs form. Turf Moor is expected to be packed after chairman Alan Pace donated 1000 tickets to local school kids to boost the crowd on Saturday evening. 

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This boost in capacity will be pivotal for the hosts to turn round their season and could be enough for Burnley's second win of the season. 

Prediction - Burnley 2-0 Watford 

  • How to Watch 

The game is being broadcast live on BT Sport in the UK with kick off time being 6pm GMT. 

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