Burnley vs Fulham predictions: Turf Moor stalemate on the cards
Burnley need to start winning at home if they are to avoid relegation and will see a visit from Fulham — who they beat at Craven Cottage in December — as a must-win match.
Marco Silva’s visitors have managed to produce some timely results to keep themselves away from imminent danger, but are on a worrying run of poor away form.
Burnley boss Vincent Kompany will hope to have first-choice left-back Charlie Taylor available after a shoulder problem.
David Fofana, who came off the bench for a debut in Wednesday’s 3-1 loss at Manchester City, is pushing for a start at the top of Kompany’s 4-4-2 set-up.
Fulham will be without five-goal top scorer Raul Jimenez, who tweaked a hamstring in the 0-0 draw with Everton on Tuesday. With Alex Iwobi at the AFCON it leaves the Cottagers lighter than usual up top.
In the absence of Calvin Bassey, Tim Ream should slot into the back four to replace the newly-crocked Issa Diop.
Burnley have picked up just four points out of a possible 33 at Turf Moor, while Fulham have earned just six points out of a possible 33 on their travels.
Both clubs have failed to win any of their last five matches in all competitions.
Fulham have failed to score in a league-high 10 matches.
It is easier to make cases against Burnley and Fulham rather than for them ahead of what should be a tense affair at Turf Moor.
The Clarets, seven points from safety following their 3-1 defeat at Manchester City, have won just one home game all season — losing nine — and need to buck that trend.
But Fulham are also desperate travellers and, already light up front, they will look even more threadbare without Raul Jimenez to lead the line.
Marco Silva’s men appear to have the odd big result in them — they have taken four points off Arsenal — which should ensure they do not get dragged into a relegation fight.
And that means Silva knows the importance of not losing games like these, even if wins are beyond them.
There is no confidence in either camp and even though Burnley won 2-0 at Craven Cottage in December, edginess in front of their own fans means a repeat may not occur. The draw — and possibly no goalscorer, a 19/2 chance with LiveScore Bet, becomes a big runner.
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