Date: 23rd August 2014 at 11:30am
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Burnley will be hoping for their first points of the season following their 3-1 home defeat to Chelsea in Monday night`s opener. Our first game on the road and it`s Swansea boyo!

The Pre-amble:

The Clarets did pretty well on Monday night despite going down 3-1 to Chelsea at home in the Premier League season opener. We gave them a game even taking the lead but in the end their class and quality in depth shone through. It should be an easier task down in Wales on Saturday when we face Swansea in the Liberty Stadium but all games are going to be hard this season. Garry Monk’s side stormed out of the blocks in their opener at Old Trafford last Saturday coming away with all three points in a 2-1 victory! Their tails will certainly be up but perhaps we can take advantage of that and take them by surprise.

Swansea Team News:

Leon Britton, Marvin Emnes and Jay Fulton continue to be sidelined with knee injuries. Tottenham loanee midfielder Tom Carroll though looks likely to be involved after signing this week. Federico Fernandez will only be available to play on Saturday if international clearance for his transfer from Napoli arrives in time

Player to watch: Gylfi Sigurdsson

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored eight goals in 19 Premier League appearances at Swansea during a loan spell from Tottenham in January 2012 until the end of that season. In July 2014 the 24 year old Iceland international attacking midfielder and winger rejoined Swansea this time on a permanent deal and he has already opened his account with a goal in the game against Manchester United at Old Trafford last Saturday.

Burnley Team News:

Sam Vokes is currently our only player in the squad to be sidelined. He continues his recovery from anterior cruciate ligament damage.

Stephen Ward our latest recruit could be in line to make his debut after signing from Wolves.

Player to watch: Scott Arfield

Arfield made an impressive start in the opener against Chelsea on Monday night putting the Clarets ahead after just 14 minutes and he will be keen to follow that up with a good performance away to Swansea.

Team & Tactics:

Could Sean Dyche be tempted to keep the same starting eleven and eighteen he selected for the Chelsea opener on Monday night or might he change things around a bit and perhaps give new signing Stephen Ward his debut? Apart from the injured Sam Vokes, he has a full squad to choose from and has many options. Will he opt for his favourite 4-4-2 formation or might he be more defence minded away from home in the top flight this season?

If he sticks with the same eighteen then we will be lining up 4-4-2 as follows:

Heaton, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, Taylor, Marney, Jones, Arfield, Ings, Jutkiewicz

Subs: Gilks, Long, Dummigan, Kightly, Wallace, Barnes, Sordell

Ref Watch:

South Yorkshire referee, Craig Pawson gets this one! His last game involving the Clarets was the high profile match last season against local rivals Blackburn Rovers at Turf Moor nearly a year ago which finished 1-1. The game will also be remembered for Rovers’s Lee Williamson being sent off for an injury-time professional foul that almost certainly denied Burnley a winning goal. Another 4 players saw yellow that day, three of them Clarets!

His opening game this season was the QPR v Hull game which finished 1-0 to the visitors and three yellow cards were shown that day. Last season he featured in 27 games, sending four players off and showing yellow to another 94.

Match Prediction:

Can we pick up our first points of the season? Swansea will certainly be buoyed up by their away win at Old Trafford last Saturday but then Burnley despite their 3-1 defeat to Chelsea at home on Monday night certainly did not disgrace themselves either against the team most pundits fancy to become Premier League champions at the end of the season. It would be a great boost if we came away from the Liberty Stadium with anything so let`s go for a point! 2-2

Next Match:

Burnley are in Capital One Cup action at Turf Moor in midweek when they face Championship side, Sheffield Wednesday in the second round. The match played on the night on Tuesday 26th August kicks-off at 7:45pm. Premier League life continues the following Saturday 30th August with the little matter of Manchester United visiting Turf Moor. This is an early kick-off game at 12:45pm due to the match being covered live by BT Sport.