Scott Parker’s Fulham travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley with plenty of confidence after boosting their battle to beat the drop with a big win at Everton.
Burnley also showed their quality with a resounding victory at Crystal Palace last time out, emerging 3-0 winners thanks to goals from Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Jay Rodriguez and Matthew Lowton.
The Cottagers are now just seven points behind Newcastle, while the Clarets are just a point further ahead, making this a prime opportunity for the Londoners. But Sean Dyche’s side know a win here, which would give them a double-digit gap to 18th, will be a significant step towards securing their top-flight status for another season.
Parker is thrilled by the impact of Josh Maja, who has arrived on loan from Bordeaux and scored a double at Goodison last weekend, and has been discussing the 22-year-old.
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“What a way to start, full Premier League debut for us and to score two goals and for us to win the game it was pretty special for him really. I’m really conscious, I don’t want to put a lot on someone so young’s shoulders but I’ve been very impressed in the short space of time I’ve been working with Josh and hopefully that can continue really.
“He’s fitted in very, very well. I think he’s come into a young group, a real energetic upbeat group of players and he’s fitted in to that bracket very, very well.”
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Here’s everything you need to know about the game in Lancashire:
Burnley celebrate at Selhurst Park
When is it?
The match will kick off at 6pm GMT this evening at Turf Moor.
How can I watch it?
The game will air live on Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Ultra HD. Subscribers can also stream it live on the Sky Go app.
What is the team news?
Ben Mee will be out here after entering concussion protocol, while Erik Pieters is “touch and go” after exiting the game at Palace with a tight groin. Chris Wood is struggling with a hamstring problem, and is a “risk scenario”.
Matej Vydra’s injury is “not serious” but Dyche believes “it’s a bit of a quick turnaround”, meaning he is very likely to miss out here. Dale Stephens is out with a “knock”.
Kevin Long will step in for Mee at centre-back, while Charlie Taylor (hamstring) could come in at left-back after he “made good progress and trained for a few days”, though Anthony Driscoll-Glennon is another candidate to replace Pieters.
Aleksandar Mitrovic is out and remains in self-isolation after testing positive for Covid-19. Terence Kongolo and Tom Cairney are likely to still be out here.
Burnley XI: Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Long, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Barnes, Rodriguez
Fulham XI: Areola; Tete, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Aina; Reed, Lemina; Lookman, Loftus-Cheek, Decordova-Reid; Maja
This is a tough one given both teams are in form and the ramifications are huge for both teams, but the Clarets have proven their worth in head-to-head games against teams they usually battle against to survive in the Premier League and we’ll lean towards Dyche’s side keeping it tight at the back and capitalising on what will likely be just a few chances to take this one. Burnley 1-0 Fulham.
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