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Team news
Burnley remains without Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood and Johann Berg Gudmundsson for Watford’s visit on Thursday, but Phil Bardsley is available after agreeing new terms with the club. Bardsley missed Monday’s 5-0 loss at Manchester City along with Joe Hart, Jeff Hendrick, Aaron Lennon and Adam Legzdins due to uncertainty about their contracts, but while Bardsley remains, Sean Dyche indicated that the other four had played his last games for the club.
Dyche was only able to name seven substitutes, including two goalkeepers, on a youth bench at Etihad Stadium, but hopes to have a full complement of nine available on Thursday with Bardsley and Mace Goodridge joining the group.
Watford has no new injury concerns before his trip north.
The Hornets reached a halftime equalizer against Leicester on Saturday as they continue their fight against the crash.
Daryl Janmaat and Gerard Deulofeu (both with knee) and Isaac Success (ankle) remain absent.
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: Burnley has won four of his seven Premier League matches against Watford (D1 L2), winning 3-0 earlier this season at Vicarage Road.
: Watford is looking to win consecutive out-of-league visits to Burnley for the first time since April 2004, when they did so at the second tier.
: Burnley has played 12 Premier League home games on weekdays (Tuesday through Thursday), with the Clarets netting exactly once every time. They were undefeated in their first seven such games (W4 D3), but have since lost the last five in a row.
: Watford has won just one of their 20 Premier League mid-week matches (Tuesday-Thursday) (D3 L16), with that victory at Arsenal in January 2017.
: Watford has won just one of its last eight Premier League games (D3 L4), beating Liverpool 3-0 in February. The Hornets’ six points earned in these eight games are as many as they earned in their first two games of the 2020 Premier League (W2).
: Burnley won one of his last 10 league games played on a Thursday (D3 L6), beating Wolves 2-1 on Boxing Day in 2002. In the top flight, his last victory on Thursday was against Manchester United in Boxing Day in 1963, winning 6-1 at Turf Moor.
: After spending 19 Premier League games without a draw at Turf Moor (W9 L10), two of the last three games in Burnley’s local league have finished level (W1).
: Excluding penalties, no team has scored fewer goals in set situations in the Premier League this season than Watford (3), with Craig Dawson’s last leveler against Leicester the last time he scored the Hornets’ first league goal since a corner this season.
: Watford manager Nigel Pearson has won each of his last three league games away against Burnley, winning with Leicester City in 2012-13, 2013-14 and 2014-15.
: Burnley forward Chris Wood scored seven Premier League goals at Turf Moor this season, four more than any other Clarets player. Wood scored 14 goals in 53 league games for current Watford manager Nigel Pearson between 2013 and 2014 in Leicester City.
Charlie’s prediction
I didn’t realize the contractual situation Burnley was left with. We knew City would defeat them, but how bad is it? The young people were on the bench. Has Sean Dyche done that in a certain way? Injuries are also a concern, especially for his two most prominent strikers. They are not under pressure in the eleventh, but it will annoy Sean Dyche in the way they were defeated.
Does Burnley have enough? What’s in it for them? What is your drive to get there? There are some good guys in the locker room who haven’t signed contracts, which can interrupt them.
Watford can get a result here, they earned a point against Leicester – most of the results were his way, so you can imagine his chances. I think Watford will cut it. They will open the fully open descent battle again.
CHARLIE PREDICTS: 1-2 (9/1 with Sky Bet)

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