Burnley vs Wolverhampton Preview, Betting Tips and Odds

Burnley vs Wolverhampton predictions

Burnley vs Wolverhampton predictions for Wednesday’s Premier League clash at Turf Moor.

With a little help from VAR and some more Nick Pope heroics between the sticks, Burnley secured a coupon busting 1-1 draw against Liverpool in their last outing to become the first team to avoid defeat at Anfield in the Premier League this season.

While the majority of the focus after full time on Merseyside was understandably on Liverpool’s failure to maintain their perfect home record, the result allowed a Burnley team flying und the radar, to extend their own unbeaten run to five games.

Remarkably, the Clarets’ only reverse in their last 11 Premier League assignments came at Manchester City, and draws during that period against Arsenal, Sheffield United, Tottenham and now Liverpool, served to highlight just how much momentum Sean Dyche’s side has built.

At Turf Moor, Burnley are unbeaten in six, gathering 12 points from the 18 on offer overall since mid-January – and with their confidence peaking, another positive result could follow there against Wolves this week.

Wolves bounce back
After successive defeats to nil against Arsenal and Sheffield United, 6th placed Wolves re-straightened their path on Sunday with a timely 3-0 win at home to Everton.

Goals from talismanic centre-forward Raul Jimenez, Leander Dendoncker and Diogo Jota helped Wanderers to ease to victory against a lacklustre Toffees outfit in what was only their third win from eight attempts at Molineux since the turn of the year.

Away from the West Midlands, Wolves’ counter-punching style had been reaping much more impressive dividends of late however, though their run of three straight victories on the road came to an end at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United last week.

Wolves’ win over Everton allowed them to close the gap to the potentially lucrative 5th place to just three points, though Nuno Espirito Santo’s men now need favours from elsewhere to climb the table before the campaign finishes.

Burnley to avoid defeat
Four members of the Premier League’s current top nine – Leicester, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Sheffield United – all failed to beat Burnley inside the Clarets’ last six matches at Turf Moor, and we’re backing Sean Dyche’s charges to avoid defeat there against another of the division’s best clubs Wolves, on Wednesday.

Like many other sides, Wanderers have found Burnley are tricky opponent to deal with over the past year. The Clarets were denied a victory in the reverse Premier League clash between the clubs in August last year, by a last gasp Raul Jimenez’ equalizer from the spot, and in the sides’ last meeting in Lancashire (March ’19), Burnley emerged with the points after a 2-0 triumph.

With two defeats in their last three top-flight run outs, Wolves haven’t quite looked themselves since the start of July, and while a certain degree of self-belief would have been restored following their win against Everton, there seems to be a thin veneer of confidence there that Burnley will feel they can crack.

Having avoided defeat in nine of their 10 Premier League fixtures in the lead up to their draw at Anfield, Burnley were already armed with significant momentum, though their tie with the champions will have pushed morale in their squad to even higher levels.

With those factors considered, the Burnley double chance market looks an excellent option at the prices quoted, while our correct score prediction points towards a 1-0 home win.

Modest attackers Burnley notched exactly one goal in each of their last three home games, and kept clean sheets in three of their last five at Turf Moor. With their defensive performance continuing to impress, a narrow margin Clarets triumph looks likely.

Key Battle: James Tarkowski vs Raul Jimenez
Mexican centre-forward Raul Jimenez has been a key figure in Wolves’ pursuit of Champions League qualification this season, and the 29-year-old notched his 16th league goal of the campaign in Wanderers’ win over Everton Sunday.

Jimenez has bagged 33% of Wolves’ total Premier League goals himself in 2019/20, and having registered from the spot against the Clarets last year, the ex-Benfica star will have Burnley in his sights again in Wednesday’s rematch.

The remarkably consistent James Tarkowski can match Jimenez’ physicality however, and the Burnley stalwart is in line to maintain this ever-present Premier League record for Sean Dyche’s side this week.

Tarkowski is one of the Clarets’ most dependable performers, though the 27-year-old’s disciplinary record is a worry. Having picked up 10 bookings already this season, the centre-half could be worth considering in the cards markets again this week.

Burnley vs Wolverhampton team news
Sean Dyche still has a clutch of injury worries ahead of Wednesday’s game, with Jack Cork, Ashley Barnes, Ben Gibson, Matthew Lowton and Ben Mee all likely to miss out.

Dyche could choose to keep faith with the same XI that performed so well in Burnley’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield at the weekend.

Burnley predicted line-up: Pope – Bardsley, Long, Tarkowski, Taylor – Westwood, Brownhill, Pieters, McNeil – Wood, Rodriguez

Wolves have a clean bill of health for their trip to Lancashire this week, and Nuno Espirito isn’t expected to spring any surprises with his XI.

Wanderers will likely persist with their three man central midfield unit of Dendoncker, Neves and Moutinho, with Adama Traore kept in reserve.

Wolves predicted line-up: Patricio – Boly, Coady, Saiss – Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny – Jimenez, Jota
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