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Burnley will travel to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday to face Swansea City as they look to bag 3 points in the Premier League. Sean Dyche’s men have been strong throughout the season but lately, they have shown some signs of decline. However, they are still one of the strongest teams in the league and the game on Saturday will prove to be a massive test against a seemingly resurgent Swansea side.
To get to the next level, the Clarets will need to start winning games more regularly and Saturday seems like a good day to start.
Dyche has quite a big injury list to contend with – Tom Heaton, Robbie Brady, Stephen Ward, Chris Wood, Jonathan Walters, Steven Defour, Dean Marney and James Tarkowski. However, he has managed to work well with the players at hand and he will be looking to continue that against Swansea as well.
In Heaton’s absence, Pope has made the goalkeeping position his own and has proven to be quite a reliable presence at the back. After Swansea’s recent performances, he will have to be at his best.
Bardsley often provides energetic runs on the right-hand side to support the attack and he will be key once more against an unpredictable Swansea side.
Mee has been a figure of consistency and stability at the heart of the defence for Burnley and he is likely to essay his usual role on Saturday.
In Tarkowski’s absence, Long has done decently enough and he has established a strong partnership with Mee as well, which should see him start on Saturday.
Taylor’s displays defensive solidity on the left-hand side and has saved Burnley from losing against sides like Manchester City. He will be an important player once more.
Gudmundsson has arguably been one of Burnley’s best this season so far and Dyche will be hoping that he scores an early goal or two to increase the pressure on the home side.
Hendrick only keeps improving as days go by and he has truly come a long way. A calm yet reassuring presence in the midfield area, Hendrick will be a key player in counter-attacking situations.
Cork’s presence will be important for Burnley in terms of creating chances and providing a creative outlet to their overall performance against Swansea and Dyche should hand him a start.
Lennon should be looking at another start and this game will be yet another chance for him to continue his good work after doing well against Manchester City.
Vokes can do well in a lot of situations and he is known to create an almost instant impact. Hence, he will be crucial in helping Burnley penetrate a tough Swansea defence.
Barnes might seem a bit underwhelming playing as the solitary striker but he does decently enough with Vokes by his side. Using two strikers up front has worked for Dyche and he should deploy Barnes alongside Vokes.