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Sunderland v Burnley

2017-03-17 18:18:00, Views: 173, Clubcall

Sunderland v Burnley

Sunderland and Burnley are preparing to go head-to-head for the fourth time this season, after a week of international call-ups.

After two weeks without a game, Sunderland will go into the clash knowing it could be crucial to their Premier League survival hopes. The Black Cats are six points from safety and many in the game believe this is a must-win fixture, especially as Burnley are yet to collect an away win this season.

Sunderland were given a lift this week with an England recall for Jermain Defoe, but David Moyes admits the rest of team need to take the goal pressure off the club's top goalscorer.

The home team have been dealt a blow, with the news that Jan Kirchhoff is set for another four weeks on the sidelines due to injury.

Fellow midfielder Darron Gibson is expected to overcome a minor problem, but Steven Pienaar looks set to miss out as continues his recovery from a calf injury.

Burnley meanwhile, have also been given an international lift this week with England call-ups for Tom Heaton and Michael Keane.

The Clarets are on a run of five games without a win and they will be determined to add to just two points from a possible 42 on the road.

Burnley will hand a late fitness test to Steven Defour, who has been sidelined since the end of January due to a hamstring injury. Dyche though is still without two other midfielders, with Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Dean Marney both missing with knee issues.

Dyche's men beat Sunderland 4-1 in the league and 2-1 in the Cup at Turf Moor, but Sunderland are unbeaten in nine league meetings against Burnley at home.


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