Premier League postponements have seen Burnley play just 17 matches so far this season, fewer than any other team, and the Clarets have as many as four games in hand on some of the teams above them. As a result of their schedule, missing a few games before Christmas, Burnley now sit bottom of the table with both Newcastle United and Norwich jumping above them at the weekend.
But though things may be bad, Burnley aren’t dead and buried. Sean Dyche’s men are just three points behind 17th-placed Watford ahead of this game, which was initially scheduled to be played in December. Thanks to their goal difference advantage (-11 to -14), victory for Burnley would see them leapfrog Watford to 17th while still having two games in hand on the Hornets. However, Burnley have managed just one victory in the league this season (back in October) and eight of their 11 points this season have come through draws.
Despite having four wins to their name, Watford aren’t doing much better. Claudio Ranieri’s men have been flirting with a drop into the relegation zone for quite some time and have only really been saved by the poor form (or lack of games in Burnley’s case) of the teams below them. But last weekend was a bad one for them.
While Newcastle remained two points back thanks to a draw against Watford, in which the Hornets equalised late on, Norwich ended their winless run to close the gap on Ranieri’s side to one (though they have played two games more). The draw with Newcastle did end Watford’s six-game losing streak in the league but they still haven’t won since that shock 4-1 victory over Manchester United towards the end of November. They will need to turn that around soon though as this Burnley game sits in the middle of a three-match run against their fellow relegation battlers, with Norwich visiting Vicarage Road on Friday night.
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Burnley vs Watford: Match Stats
Given the form of these sides you shouldn’t expect a classic at Turf Moor, rather a tight affair between two teams who will be doing anything to avoid defeat. In the Premier League this season only four teams have drawn more than Burnley’s eight so far, four of which have come at home. And while Watford have won two games on the road this season, they have managed just one win in their past 12 away league visits to Turf Moor.
Burnley have taken fewer shots on target than any other side this season with 57 and although that will be affected by the amount of games they have played, it doesn’t make good reading for those expecting goalmouth action. The same can also be said for Watford whose 78 shots on target average to just over four per match. While they are not the only way to win corners, the lack of shots on target will have had some impact on the amount of corners Burnley and Watford win. Burnley have again won fewer corners than any other side in the Premier League with 77 (4.5 per match), but Watford’s average is lower at 4.3 per game.
25 June 2020 – Burnley 1-0 Watford – Premier League
23 November 2019 – Watford 0-3 Burnley – Premier League
19 January 2019 – Watford 0-0 Burnley – Premier League
18 August 2018 – Burnley 1-3 Watford – Premier League
7 April 2018 – Watford 1-2 Burnley – Premier League
It’s been three and a half years since Watford last beat Burnley but there have only been three games since then owing to the Hornets’ relegation to the Championship in 2020. In the Premier League Burnley have had the upper hand in this fixture, winning five of the eight matches, with one draw and two Watford victories.