Burnley welcome Fulham to Turf Moor in the Premier League on Wednesday in what is a crucial clash at the bottom of the table.
The Clarets do have an 8-point cushion to the dotted line but the high-octane nature of the Premier League means Sean Dyche’s side are far from safe.
With fellow relegation strugglers West Brom next up for Burnley following this clash with Fulham, they could certainly make life easier for themselves with back-to-back wins.
For Fulham, manager Scott Parker has been impressed with his side’s application in recent weeks but the Cottagers haven’t been able to translate their performances in to Premier League points.
That was until Sunday evening, where new signing Josh Maja inspired a first ever league win at Goodison Park for the London club.
The victory was just their third in the top flight all season and as such there is still plenty of work for Fulham to do if they are to pull off an unlikely great escape.
The Cottagers’ fortunes may ironically be helped or hampered by Burnley in more ways than one, with the Clarets aforementioned visit to West Brom next up equally as important to Fulham who will have eyes both above and below them in the standings.
Maja’s brace at Goodison Park makes it almost certain he will start at Turf Moor on Wednesday, with Scott Parker unable to involve Aleksandar Mitrovic due to a positive coronavirus test.
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa and Ivan Cavaleiro were both rested against Everton, with Harrison Reed impressing in the middle of the park – it remains to be seen whether the Fulham boss will tinker with his midfield against the Clarets.
Tom Cairney is the only expected absentee for the Cottagers barring any last-minute fitness issues to the remainder of the squad.
Sean Dyche has far more injury problems to contend with as strikers Matej Vydra and Chris Wood are both doubts for Wednesday’s game.
Ashley Barnes is fit and will likely lead the line, but Burnley have suffered a blow in the absence of skipper Ben Mee, who will sit out this one due to the Premier League concussion protocol following a knock to the head.
Burnley v Fulham kicks off at 6pm on Wednesday 17th February.