Burnley host Leeds United at Turf Moor as both clubs look to build on cup wins in midweek
After both teams came through their Carabao Cup tests in midweek, Burnley host Leeds United on Sunday afternoon as both sides hope to pick up their first Premier League win of the season.
Burnley needed penalties to beat Newcastle United at St James’ Park, while Leeds comfortably saw off Crewe Alexandra at Elland Road, as Kalvin Phillips and Jack Harrison done the damage.
Sean Dyche is closing in on breaking Burnley’s record transfer fee as Lyon’s Maxwell Cornet closes in on a £15m move. The Ivory Coast international has played striker and left-back for the French giants, but isn’t expected to be registered in time for Sunday’s game as the move nears completion.
Leeds won’t have any new faces either, as it looks like their transfer business is over for another season. Junior Firpo and Kristoffer Klaesson have joined over the summer, and Harrison has joined from Manchester City permanently, after three years on loan in Yorkshire.
Burnley will be hoping that Ashley Westwood and Matej Vydra can shake off problems to make the squad on Sunday, with the midfielder struggling with a toe injury, and the Czech striker suffering with a tight groin. Dale Stephens and Kevin Long won’t make it though, as both have work to do before coming back to fitness.
New signing Nathan Collins will be hoping to continue after making his Burnley debut against Newcastle, but James Tarkowski is more likely to continue his long-standing partnership with Ben Mee at centre-back. Aaron Lennon also signed a new 12-month deal at Turf Moor, and could be part of the squad.
After playing 90 minutes for the first time since Euro 2020, Kalvin Phillips is expected to start in midfield for Leeds, leaving Diego Llorente, Liam Cooper and Pascal Struijk competing for the centre-back roles.
German defender Robin Koch has a pelvic issue and isn’t expected to be involved.
Other than him, Leeds have a fully fit squad to choose from, and it’s spearheaded by Patrick Bamford, who was named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the first time on Thursday, ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Hungary, Andorra and Poland next week.
In this fixture last season, Leeds ran out 4-0 winners at Turf Moor, with Rodrigo scoring twice after Harrison and Matheusz Klich had given Leeds a healthy advantage.
Burnley take on Leeds United at Turf Moor on Sunday, August 29th. Kick-off is at 2pm.