Burnley v Watford
Saturday, Dec 9 – 15:00pm
Burnley were unable to fight back from a 6th minute goal from Demarai Grey when they look on Leicester City last weekend, with the game eventually ending 1-0. Sean Dyche admitted that his side were guilty of giving away a ‘sloppy goal’, but it was the Clarets inability to put away a string of good chances that truly cost them the match. Burnley currently sit 7th in the Premier League, three-points ahead of 8th placed Watford.
The Hornets rebounded from their 4-2 loss to Man United a fortnight ago, by holding Spurs to a 1-1 draw on Saturday afternoon. Marco Silva’s side did well to frustrate the visitors, who went down to 10-men when Davinson Sanchez was sent off early in the second-half. A win today would mark Watford’s 7th victory of the season, and 3rd in their last five Premier League matches.
What the stats tell us:
- Burnley have only faced Watford two times in the English top-flight, with both side’s winning one apiece.
- The Hornets have failed to win over their last nine games at Turf Moor (D4 L5). The last time they won at the stadium was back in April 2004, with Sean Dyche featuring for Watford.
- The Clarets have managed to keep four clean sheets at Turf Moor this season. They have never conceded more than one goal in a home fixture.
- After going six games without a goal away from home, the Hornets have netted at least two times in all of their last eight away matches in the Premier League.
- Watford have only once experienced a longer run of scoring multiple goals in successive away matches in their history – 10 matches (February – August 2015).
- Marco Silva’s side have collected 13 points from seven away matches in the Premier League this season, one more than in the entire 2016/17 season.
- With Burnley (7th) and Watford (8th) both in the to half of the table, tomorrow’s match will mark the first time that these two sides have met while both being in the Top 8 at this stage of the season.
- The Hornets have used more players (28) than any other Premier League club this season – Burnley have used the fewest (18).
- Richarlison has played a part in seven goals in his last seven away games in the Premier League (four goals, three assists).
- Andre Gray has only scored twice in 15 Premier League matches for the Hornets. He netted nine times in 32 league games during his time at Burnley.
Both sides have exceeded all expectations in the Premier League over the last few months, and this could be one of the most close-fought battles of the season so far. Burnley have been a touch more consistent than Watford, which is reflected in their respective positions in the league table, but the Hornets have had no problem in scoring away from home this season. There should be a few goals in this one, but it’s hard to either club taking all three-points. Draw w/ Richarlison to score.