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Match Preview ~ Fulham visit Burnley ~ Prem MD17 20/21

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Fulham vrs Burnley

Premier League Match Day 17 2021 at Turf Moor

Sunday 3rd January 2021    KO: 12:00pm

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire)

Live on Sky

Fulham Coach Scott Parker
Fulham Coach
Scott Parker
Scott Parker
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Burnley boss Sean Dyche
Burnley boss
Sean Dyche
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Fulham travel to Burnley on Sunday afternoon fighting to escape the relegation zone.

While Burnley have recorded three victories from their last five outings, the Cottagers have posted four successive draws.

Fulham have made significant improvements at the back, shipping just four goals during a schedule which has included games with Manchester City and Liverpool.

Nevertheless, Scott Parker will be disappointed that the Cottagers remain in the relegation zone, albeit with a game in hand after their last fixture against Tottenham Hotspur was postponed due to positive coronavirus cases.

Some momentum has inevitably been lost after the goalless draw with Southampton, but it has at least given the West Londoners a chance to benefit from an unexpected rest from action.

Despite losing three of their last six away games, Fulham have not conceded more than two goals during any of those encounters.

On the back of 11 points from six matches and reassurances from the new owners, the long-serving Clarets boss will be increasingly optimistic for the future.

Dyche is not about to revolutionise a group which has performed to the best of their ability of late, but he will no doubt want to flesh out a limited squad over the coming weeks.

Still sitting just five points above the relegation zone, achieving mid-table stability will be Dyche's main aim, although there is still scope for a late charge further up the standings if his team can maintain their current form.

While goals remain an issue for the North-West outfit, they have not conceded from open play in their last five outings, a run stretching back to December 5.

Head to head

  • Burnley are unbeaten in the past 30 home meetings in all competitions, winning 25 and drawing five - it's their longest run against a single opponent. They last lost this fixture in April 1951.

  • Only against Liverpool (30 between 1934-2011) have Fulham had as long a winless away run against an opponent in all competitions than their current run of 30 without a win at Burnley.

  • Fulham have lost just one of their four Premier League meetings with Burnley (W2 D1), though it was in this exact fixture the last time the sides met in January 2019 (1-2).
  • Fulham are winless in their last 11 Premier League games played on Sundays (D2 L9), since beating Burnley 4-2 in August 2018.

  • Fulham have earned four successive league draws. This is their longest unbeaten top-flight run since a five-match streak between February and April 2013.

  • Seven of their past eight Premier League goals were scored in the first half.

  • The Cottagers have earned four points from their last three away league games, as many as in their previous 13 away matches in the top flight.

  • Fulham have only won two of their last 21 Premier League games played outside of London (D4 L15), and only managed one clean sheet in the last 12 games in this run (1-0 v Bournemouth in April 2019).

  • Fulham have lost their first league game in five of the last six calendar years, with the exception being a 4-1 win against Ipswich in 2018.
  • Burnley have won three of their past five Premier League fixtures, drawing one and losing the other.

  • They have taken 10 points out of a possible 12 from their past four home games.

  • Burnley have won just one of their last seven Premier League matches against promoted sides (D3 L3) having won five in a row before that. The Clarets have failed to score in either such game this season, drawing 0-0 with West Brom and losing 0-1 to Leeds.

  • Five of Burnley's last eight league goals have come via set-pieces.

  • The Clarets have won just one of their last seven Premier League matches against promoted sides (D3, L3).

  • Burnley have won their first league game in just one of the last six calendar years (D2 L3), with that victory coming at Huddersfield in 2019.

  • Burnley's Chris Wood is the only player to have scored more than once for the Clarets in the Premier League this season (3) - in games at Turf Moor, the striker has netted 40% of their goals in the competition this term (2/5).

Source Darren Plant at SportsMole
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