Recently promoted Burnley are already emerging as relegation favourites as Sean Dyche’s side have scored just once this season and have only picked up two points from four games.
George Boyd has arrived from Hull tasked with providing goals from midfield and had a promising debut on Saturday against Crystal Palace. A lack of funds has forced Dyche into the loan market, signing Nathaniel Chalobah from Chelsea and Michael Keane from Manchester United, and Clarets fans will hope their pedigree proves valuable.
Fellow strugglers Sunderland are yet to win a Premier League game this season, but they have at least been scoring – with five goals in four games. Jack Rodwell scored against Manchester United and is looking to rediscover the form which earned him a move to Manchester City two years ago.
Gus Poyet will be encouraged by the desire his team showed on Saturday, securing a late equaliser against Tottenham.
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Sunderland 2 (Campbell, Bent) Burnley 1 (Thompson), Premier League, April 2010
Burnley 3 (Alexander, Nugent x2) Sunderland 1 (Bent), Premier League, September 2009
Sunderland 3 (Murphy, Connolly, Edwards) Burnley 2 (Gray, Elliot), Championship, April 2007
The teams have an almost equal record against each other, Burnley have won 27 games, Sunderland have won 26.
Only QPR have scored as few goals as Burnley in the Premier League this season.
Sunderland have a superior pass success rate, with 83% to Burnley’s 73%.
Burnley to win: 2.50
Sunderland to win: 2.90
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