Score & More Predictions for Sunderland v Burnley







Sunderland go into this fixture on the back of a losing streak where as the visitors Burnley haven't won on the road all season. 

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Team News: 
Sunderland: 
During the week, England boss Gareth Southgate called striker Jermain Defoe up to the squad for games against Lithuania and Germany. In injury news, defensive midfielder Jan Kirchhoff has suffered a set back of about 4 weeks, this will come as a major blow for Moyes who hasn't an abundance of midfield options. South African midfielder Steven Pienaar is still unavailable due to injury. Read our full line up prediction here.

Burnley:
Irishman Robbie Brady will be unavailable for Sean Dyche as he is suspended for picking up too many yellow cards. Dean Marney and Kevin Long are the only other injury concerns for the Clarets; they're out with a cruciate ligament and knee injury respectively. Belgian central midfielder Steven Defour is unlikely to feature after being out with a hamstring strain, Johann Berg Gudmundsson is still out with a medial ligament injury. 


History:
Burnley have won 2 out of 3 meetings this season, a 4-1 of the Black Cats at Turf Moor on New Year's eve thanks to an Andre Gray hatrick. Sunderland then hosted Dyche's side in the FA Cup 3rd round, an uneventful 0-0 bore draw forced a replay in Lancashire which saw a slightly changed Burnley demolish a heavily changed Sunderland 2-0. 

A couple of years ago Sunderland ran out 2-0 winners at the Stadium of Light thanks to Jermain Defoe's first goals for the Wearsiders, Burnley were later relegated that season. In the 2009/10 season Burnley saw off Sunderland 3-1 at Turf Moor thanks to a brace from one time Sunderland target David Nugent and a penalty from Graham Alexander, Darren Bent netted for the visitors. Burnley were also relegated to the Championship that season after poor management from Owen Coyle and then replacement Brian Laws couldn't save the Clarets from the drop. 

The most famous meeting between the two sides was back in 2006/07 as Sunderland dramatically clinched automatic promotion from the Championship with a 3-2 home win over Burnley. Roy Keane's Sunderland scored in near enough the last minute from Carlos Edwards' absolute wonder strike from outside the area. Sunderland missed a penalty that day, thanks to goalkeeping heroics from Danish international Brian Jensen. 3 spot kicks were awarded: one converted by Sunderland's David Connolly, and one missed by the same player as Burnley converted theirs thanks to former Sunderland player Andy Gray. 

Predictions: 
Sunderland Starting 11: 
Pickford, Jones, O'Shea, Kone, Denayer, Oviedo, Ndong, Gibson, Januzaj, Defoe, Borini 

Burnley Starting 11:
Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Arfield, Barton, Hendrick, Boyd, Barnes, Gray

Score: Sunderland 2-1 Burnley

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