Burnley hosts Watford in round 17 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Saturday, February 5th at Turf Moor (Burnley)
Sean Dyche’s team is ranked 20th in the standings with 12 points after 18 matches. Burnley gained only one victory and nine draws and suffered eight losses. The Clarets won back on October 30, when they beat Brentford (3-1). In the next nine matches in the Premier League and the FA Cup, they were limited to five draws. The poor form of the team, caused by regular postponements of games, prevents it from interrupting the unbeaten streak. Burnley has as many as five matches in hand, which no other team in the Premier League has. Dyche’s men played their last match on January 23. The outsiders of the championship unexpectedly took points from Arsenal in London (0-0). Thus, they managed to keep a clean sheet for the first time in the last four games.
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Watford is in 19th place in the Premier League standings with 14 points. The Hornets have four victories, two draws, and 14 defeats after 20 matches. So far, the team looks like a clear contender for relegation to the Championship. The Golden Boys suffered eight defeats in the last nine official games and gained only one draw in the away match against Newcastle (1-1). On January 21, the Hornets failed the home match against a direct competitor for survival, Norwich City (0-3). That defeat forced the club’s management to change the head coach for the 2nd time in a season. Following Xisco Munoz, Claudio Ranieri was sacked. Now Watford players will work under the management of Roy Hodgson.
The statistics of the last six head-to-head matches indicate the superiority of the Clarets, who gained six victories and one draw. The teams last crossed paths in the 2019/20 season, and Burnley scored six points in two games (0-3 away and 1-0 at home). Now it is difficult to give preference to someone, as these are the worst teams in the league. However, Burnley suffered only two defeats in seven home matches, so it can hope for points scored. On the other hand, another change on the coaching post may encourage Watford players to prove themselves in front of a new manager. The opponents compete for survival, so the upcoming match should turn out to be tense and not rich in goals. Indirectly, it is indicated by the statistics of head-to-head matches in Burnley. Five out of six games in this town ended with Under 2.5 goals scored.