Sunday, January 17

Fulham-Burnley preview



Scott Parker is preparing as best he can for Fulham’s trip to Burnley on Sunday, despite doubts about whether the game will go ahead.

Fulham had to suspend his game with Tottenham due to several players testing positive for coronavirus, but as it stands, his match with Burnley is scheduled to be played.

Parker himself has had to isolate himself recently, and the Fulham boss says he is preparing as normally as possible amid doubts.

” I don’t want to go into details, but we had a series of positive tests,” Parker said. ” The players who tested positive are obviously now isolated. They are following the government protocols that have been established.

” I don’t know if Burnley’s game will be played or not. We have had testing going on for the last few days.

” What I do know is that I have a ton of players here, and we’re preparing as best we can to go to Burnley and really put in a performance to try to get some points. For me, the main focus is full steam ahead.

” There are a number of factors for me, and that’s the well-being and safety of the players, their families. The places we go, whether it’s hotels or travel, or opposition teams. And also the integrity of the game.” .

Meanwhile, Burnley got back on the winning track by beating Sheffield United last time out.

” We’ve had a very good run of results. You could say they took one away from us (at Leeds United) and I think we got a different kind of performance.” Dyche said after that win.

” The way the team works and the attitude towards the work it takes to put on a game seemed exceptional to me.”

PLAYERS TO SEE

Burnley – Ben Mee

Fulham have plenty of attacking talent, but driven by their winner against the Blades, Mee, who had a poor game against Leeds, should be sure to deal with him, along with James Minkowski.

Fulham – Alphonse Areola

Areola has impressed since signing on loan from Paris Saint-Germain and has conceded just four goals over the course of his last four appearances, helping Fulham to four draws.

OPTA KEY FACTS

• Burnley are undefeated in their last 30 home games with Fulham in all competitions (25 wins, 5 draws), the longest unbeaten streak in their history against an opponent at Turf Moor. His last defeat was in April 1951 (0-2).

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

• Fulham have lost their first league game in five of the last six calendar yexception of a 4-1 win against Ipswich Town in 2018.

• Only Sheffield United (8) have scored fewer goals than Burnley (9) in the Premier League so far this season; in fact, this is the fewest for the Clarets after 15 games in a league campaign since 1970-71 (8 goals).

• Burnley’s Chris Wood is the only player to have scored more than once for the Clarets in the Premier League this season (three). In matches at Turf Moor, the forward has scored 40% of his goals in the competition this season (2/5).

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