Burnley vs Fulham LIVE: Both sides looking to capitalise on impressive away wins at the weekend with the Cottagers looking for first win at Turf Moor in 70 YEARS as the battle to avoid the drop continues
- Burnley welcome Fulham to Turf Moor tonight for their Premier League clash
- Both are looking to survive the drop and will be hoping for three points here
- Clarets and the Cottagers both pulled off impressive away wins at the weekend
- Latest Premier League news, including fixtures and results
- Premier League table – as it stands
Burnley welcome Fulham to Turf Moor for this evening’s Premier League kick-off.
The Clarets and the Cottagers pulled off impressive away wins at the weekend against Crystal Palace and Everton respectively to bring an end to their recent winless streak of games.
A win for Scott Parker’s men will bring them to within four points of catching Newcastle, and five of Burnley, while three points for tonight’s hosts will see them move 11 points clear of the drop zone.
Follow Sportsmail’s Sam McEvoy for all the live coverage including the build-up at Turf Moor.
10min: Reid goes down under a challenge inside the Burnley box and is being checked by VAR. However, there’s nothing wrong with the incident and play is waved on.
9min: Fulham keep a high line and manage to catch Barnes creeping into an offside position. Burnley man is offside but the Cottagers are going to have to watch him,
8min: Burnley favouring that left hand side to attack on and are handing the ball off to McNeill to work some magic. Nothing coming as of yet but it’s looking like a real avenue to exploit for the hosts.
6min: Great work by McNeill down the left there. The Burnley winger sprints past his man before sending a deep cross to the back post, which is then headed back to the penalty spot but noone is there to smash it in.
4min: Fulham almost get themselves in a spot of bother when Aina fails to clear a bouncing ball twice before Gudmundsson collapses inside the box. No penalty but Fulham creating problems for themselves there.
3min: Fulham have tried pumping a long ball up for Reid to run onto twice now. That might be a risky tactic when dealing with a backline like Burnley’s. Reid and Maja both have the pace to get in behind, though.
1min: It’s a battle of head tennis in the first phases. The ball is being lumped up the field by both teams before a series of headers doesn’t allow the ball to touch the turf. Liquid football.
It’s the visitors who gets things underway after both sides take the knee.
Fulham, in their home colours, will attacking from right to left.
Can Fulham end that 70-year wait for a win at Turf Moor?
Or will Burnley extend that dominant run and put more space between themselves and Scott Parker’s side?
We’re about to find out with kick-off just minutes away…
ADRIAN KAJUMBA: Scott Parker would have enjoyed hearing Josh Maja’s breakdown of his full debut double at Everton almost as much as seeing it.
Maja was ‘in the right place at the right time’ for his first goal, he explained, and anticipated the rebound chance for his second because ‘I’m a gambler.’
This might be Maja’s first crack at the Premier League but he arrives with just the sort of goal-scoring instincts relegation battlers Fulham have been crying out for.
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Fulham were unchanged from the side that claimed a first win of 2021 at Everton at the weekend, when Josh Maja marked his full Premier League debut with a brace.
He started up front again alongside Bobby Decordova-Reid.
Fulham starting XI: Areola, Tete, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Aina, Loftus-Cheek, Reed, Lemina, Lookman, Maja, Reid
Subs: Hector, Odoi, Rodak, Ream, Ivan Cavaleiro, Onomah, Zambo, Kongolo, Robinson
Kevin Long and Charlie Taylor came into Burnley’s backline as they made two changes to their line-up for the Premier League visit of Fulham.
Clarets captain Ben Mee was ruled out due to concussion protocols, while Erik Pieters’ groin injury left him sidelined, granting Long a rare start and Taylor a return after nearly a month out.
Burnley starting XI: Pope, Lowton, Tarkowski, Long, Taylor, Gudmundsson, Westwood, Cork, McNeil, Barnes, Rodriguez
Subs: Brownhill, Brady, Peacock-Farrell, Norris, Bardsley, Dunne, Benson, Driscoll-Glennon, Mumbongo
The Clarets put on a masterclass display against Palace at the weekend and it would have given Eagles chairman Steve Parish plenty of food for thought, with Roy Hodgson’s contract up at the end of the season.
Out-of-work Eddie Howe would also be a contender with no guarantees Dyche could be prised away from Burnley despite a belief that the Palace job would be of interest.
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The Serbian is self-isolating after testing positive for coronavirus last week and is ruled out for tonight’s trip north to Turf Moor.
Will Josh Maja get the nod again and lead the line again?
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This will be the first instalment of a Premier League double-header that is on offer this evening, with Everton’s clash with Manchester City to come later on.
But back to Turf Moor and the stakes are certainly high for this one, given where the two sides are in the table.
Fulham, who make up the final team in the relegation zone, are just seven points behind Newcastle in 17th. So a win for the Cottagers would do them a world of good. Burnley are just a point ahead of the Magpies so tonight could turn out to be a real six-pointer for either side.
Stay tuned for all the live coverage at Turf Moor and Sportsmail will provide you with all the build-up and team news before kick-off.
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