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    Burnley v Watford Preview: Hornets look for third successive win

    By Alex Easley
    Etienne Capoue and his Watford side are looking for their third straight win when they face Burnley.
    Free-scoring Watford will look to continue their fine upturn in form when they travel to Turf Moore to take on Burnley on Monday night.

    Walter Mazzarri’s men have earned back-to-back victories since the September international break, beating West Ham 4-2 before defeating Manchester United 3-1 at home last weekend.

    It’s been a remarkable turnaround from the Hornets, who had started the season rather slowly under their new manager, picking up a measly two points from a possible twelve and adding to the fears that last season’s finish in mid-table could have just been a blip.

    Monday night’s trip to Burnley will give the Italian’s side a further chance to add to their already impressive goal tally, with the newly-promoted hosts having a -5 goal difference after the first five games of the campaign.

    Mazzarri said: "We have shown that we can fight against anyone, but the real step forward I want to see is how we will behave against a club like Burnley.

    "I haven't been here long and I need to verify the progress of this team, and we will see on Monday night what the progress is."
    Burnley manager Sean Dyche will face his former club at Turf Moore.
    Meanwhile Burnley manager Sean Dyche spoke on his former club, Watford: "It's well-documented I've always had respect for the club.

    "The situation, the business changed etc etc but I mean every word when I say I had a fantastic time there as player, youth coach, assistant manager and manager.

    "Because business changes and you lose your job it doesn't mean I hold any baggage at all, I certainly don't. It's a lot of water under the bridge and they've gone on to become a Premier League club so their model of working has worked for them."


    Burnley have no new injury concerns, with the likes of Sam Vokes, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Patrick Bamford and Jon Flanagan angling for promotion from the bench, while hamstring victim Ashley Barnes is the only notable absentee.

    Watford will be without defender Daryl Janmaat. The Holland international suffered a shoulder injury in Watford's impressive 3-1 victory against Manchester United and could be sidelined for six weeks.

    Defender Jose Holebas is also an injury doubt for the Hornets, while a number of other players will be evaluated over the coming days to determine their fitness for the trip to Turf Moor.



    This will be the first top-flight fixture between Burnley and Watford.

    Five of the last six league meetings have been drawn, including the last four.

    The Clarets are unbeaten in eight home league games against Watford since a 2-3 defeat in April 2004 (W4, D4).


    Burnley are the lowest goalscorers in the Premier League this season with three goals.

    The Clarets have only managed four goal attempts on target in their last three league games overall.

    Sean Dyche's side have conceded just five goals in their last 16 home league fixtures.

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche managed Watford between June 2011 and July 2012, winning 17 of his 49 games in charge.


    The Hornets have had the oldest starting XI on average in the top flight this season, aged 29 years and 281 days.

    They are yet to keep a clean sheet after five matches.

    Watford have scored three or more goals in consecutive Premier League games for the first time, they have not scored at least three goals in three successive league matches since January 2011.

    Etienne Capoue has scored four goals from just five shots on target in the top flight this season.

    Troy Deeney has scored 98 goals in all competitions for the club and is bidding to become only the fifth Watford player to reach the century mark. Deeney has scored in three of his last five games against Burnley.

    K.O. 8PM (UK) 26/09/2016 VENUE TURF MOORE
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