Burnley v Sunderland Team News
Burnley boss Sean Dyche plans to rotate his side for Wednesday's Carabao Cup second-round clash with Sunderland at Turf Moor.
The Clarets have enjoyed an impressive start to the campaign, picking up four points from their opening three Premier League games, with their only defeat coming in narrow fashion against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.
Burnley are used to working with a small squad and Dyche has kept faith with the same starting XI for all three of their matches so far this season.
However, the 48-year-old believes he is working with the strongest squad he has had at his disposal during his time at Turf Moor and he plans to hand some of his fringe players a chance on Wednesday night, although he does not feel that will weaken their chances of progressing through to the third round.
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“It’s not just a chance (to play). I’ve said I think it’s the most balanced and competitive group I’ve had here,” Dyche told reporters.
“So, I will certainly be changing the side. There’s no reason not to when you think of the quality of players that will come into the side.
“But there’s no other thought than winning the game – absolutely none.”
Danny Drinkwater is one player that could benefit from Dyche’s rotation, as the Chelsea loanee is now ready to make his Clarets bow after featuring for 45 minutes in an Under-23s game last week, as well as the full 90 of a behind closed doors match two days later.
However, winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson will not play after picking up a calf injury during last weekend’s 1-1 draw against Wolves, although he could return for Saturday’s visit of Liverpool.
Robbie Brady and Steven Defour are also still a few weeks away from returning to full fitness following their recent injury troubles.
Burnley’s last meeting with Sunderland came when they were both in the Premier League back in 2017, but the Black Cats now find themselves languishing in League One.
Jack Ross’ side have made an unbeaten start to the new season, winning four games on the spin across all competitions, although, like Burnley, they are also in line to make changes for Wednesday’s clash.
However, one man that won’t feature is Duncan Watmore, who has suffered a setback in his recovery from a thigh injury he picked up on the opening day of the season.
New signing Joel Lynch could feature after joining on a free transfer earlier this week, while backup goalkeeper Lee Burge is also set to be handed a chance.