Both Burnley and Fulham are eager to end their disappointing streaks without wins as they meet at Turf Moor for a Premier League match on Saturday.
The Clarets were defeated 3-1 by Manchester City in their recent game, while Marco Silva’s Fulham ended with a scoreless tie against Everton at home.
Vincent Kompany, the Burnley manager and former student of Pep Guardiola, faced a tough challenge against his old team, Manchester City, with no special treatment during their recent clash.
Julian Alvarez made his 24th birthday memorable by scoring twice early on for Manchester City, and Rodri secured the victory before Ameen Al-Dakhil scored a late goal for Burnley.
Burnley is currently in 19th place in the Premier League, seven points away from safety, with Sheffield United close behind.
Despite not being expected to compete closely with the champions, Burnley managed to avoid a heavy defeat, though Kompany regretted the preventable goals conceded.
Back at Turf Moor, Burnley has struggled, earning only four points at home this season, but they did manage to draw against Luton Town recently.
Burnley’s winless streak extended to five games after their loss to Manchester City, and Fulham is in a similar situation, failing to win in their last five matches, including a draw against Everton.
Marco Silva’s team dominated possession and had many attempts against Everton but struggled to score, drawing the match thanks to a missed chance by Everton.
Fulham, placed 12th, faces relegation concerns and could fall further in the standings depending on other match outcomes.
Fulham has struggled to score in January and has found it difficult to win away from home, with their last away victory in the Premier League coming against Everton.
Burnley has a better record in recent meetings with Fulham, winning four out of the last five encounters.
Kompany’s squad didn’t suffer new injuries against Manchester City, but Luca Koleosho and Nathan Redmond are out for the season.
Charlie Taylor might miss the game against Fulham due to a shoulder injury, but other players are available for selection.
David Datro Fofana could start for Burnley after assisting in his debut, while Connor Roberts’s participation is uncertain.
Fulham’s Harry Wilson is out with a shoulder injury, and Raul Jimenez and Issa Diop suffered hamstring injuries, with potential replacements ready.
Adama Traore is still recovering, and Alex Iwobi and Calvin Bassey are unavailable due to international duty, but Fode Ballo-Toure could return for Fulham.
Burnley possible starting lineup:
Vitinho, O’Shea, Ekdal, Al-Dakhil;
Gudmundsson, Berge, Brownhill, Odobert;
Amdouni, Datro Fofana
Fulham possible starting lineup:
Tete, Adarabioyo, Ream, Robinson;
Decordova-Reid, Pereira, Willian;
Prediction: Burnley 1-0 Fulham
Considering Fulham’s difficulty in scoring and their poor away record, Burnley has a good chance to win, especially with their recent performance against Fulham in mind.
Despite having less rest, we believe Burnley can secure a victory and boost their chances of staying in the Premier League.