Why do Burnley remain favourites for the drop? They have fought hard to escape the relegation zone and have ground out some decent results this month. They will grind out another at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.
The Clarets may have lost their last two matches but it certainly wasn’t through lack of trying. The Lancashire side have scored six in their last three outings and they can certainly find the back of the net against a Sunderland side who sit level on points with them in the Premier League table.
Indeed, Burnley can consider themselves unlucky not to have secured at the very least a share of the spoils in their last top-flight clash with Crystal Palace, the home side soaring to a 2-0 lead within sixteen minutes thanks to goals from Ben Mee and Danny Ings. The Eagles pulled the score level on 48 minutes and sealed the points with a goal three minutes from time to run out 3-2 winners.
It was a remarkably similar story in their previous clash with Tottenham in the FA Cup third round, the Clarets enjoying a 2-0 lead within seven minutes and then throwing it all away to ultimately lose 4-2.
Defence is clearly the problem and this is perhaps why they remain favourites for the drop. Dyche’s side possess the second worst goals-against record in the top flight, only hapless QPR conceding more. Nevertheless, they will be up against a Sunderland side which has managed a mere nineteen goals so far this term, worse than any other Premier League side apart from Aston Villa. As such, we feel that the Burnley rearguard can get the better of a rather toothless Sunderland attack and win this match with a clean sheet.
Indeed, Danny Ings has been the top Clarets marksman this season and with a goal in three of the last five games, we feel that he will get his name onto the scoresheet against what is a weak Sunderland rearguard.
This may not be a goal-fest by any means, however the visitors will return to winning ways against a relegation threatened Sunderland side.
Our betting tips
Burnley win-to-nil – Paddy Power 5/1
Anytime Goalscorer, Danny Ings – Betfair 23/10