Previously distracted Burnley, on just a point from four matches, will make the tough trek to the Midlands on Sunday in the Premier League to take on impressive Wolverhampton.
Molineux, Wolverhampton, England
Key Stat: Burnley are still looking for their first domestic win of the season after a tough and unsuccessful Europa League run.
Expert Verdict: Burnley's season has begun disastrously for them. Sean Dyche and his men were the biggest surprise of last season. They had turned around their woes on the road. But now their Europa League campaign has knocked them off course. They are out of the running in it now, and they'll be hopeful that it helps. But something special is going on at Wolves, and they will combine the new players they've brought in with their exciting young core from the Championship to see off the Clarets.
Nuno Espirito Santo hasn't had very many injury concerns to account for this season so far, and that looks set to continue here.
Winger Ivan Cavaleiro is the only man that is a doubt, but he is set for a return soon and could feature if needed.
Wolves are not a side to be messed with, and a bit part of the reason is center midfielder Ruben Neves. The Portuguese international dominated the Championship in such a way that it was known he would move to the top flight and do well. And he has so far, settling in with a goal and an assist already. Another man that has settled into English football quite well is striker Raul Jimenez. The Mexican international is big and burly, so he offers Wolves the opportunity to play long at times as well as quick across the ground.
Wolves have two wins, two draws, and a loss in their last five matches:
0-1 win at West Ham
0-2 win at Sheffield Wednesday (EFL Cup)
1-1 home draw vs Manchester City
2-0 loss at Leicester
2-2 home draw vs Everton
Defenders:Bennett, Coady, Boly
Midfielders:Doherty, Moutinho, Ruben Neves, Jonny
Forwards:Helder Costa, Diogo Jota, Jimenez
Sean Dyche will be without goalkeeper Nick Pope and center midfielder Steven Defour due to injuries. The Englishman is missed in goal, but they have cover. The Belgian, however, is a huge miss due to his quality in the middle of the park, something they are sorely lacking at the moment. Winger Robbie Brady is also set to miss out, another blower, while another option out wide in the form of Johann Berg Gudmundsson is going to be fighting to be fit in time for the match. Stephen Ward picked up an injury during international duty, so the left back will miss out as well.
When the Clarets made the move to bring in winger Aaron Lennon from Everton, it looked like a foolish one. But the English veteran still had some to give. He hit the ground running. He's had a slow start to this campaign, but he's just the sort of player that they need to pull them up off the bottom and to make them stop feeling sorry for themselves. Joe Hart in goal will also be vital. The former England #1 has fallen on very hard times, and his quality will be put to the test. Wolves have some sharpshooters that can score from outside the box, so he must be alert at all times against Neves, Moutinho, and co.
Burnley have four losses and a draw in their last five matches:
0-2 home loss vs Manchester United
1-1 home draw vs Olympiakos (UEL)
4-2 loss at Fulham
3-1 loss at Olympiakos (UEL)
1-3 home loss vs Watford
Defenders:Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor
Midfielders:Lennon, Westwood, Cork, McNeil
Wolves and Burnley will play for the first time in the Premier League since 2010, a season where the latter was ultimately relegated. But they have faced off since then in the Championship. Overall, it is Wolves that have a fairly large lead overall, holding 34 wins and 20 draws in 75 matches played against the Clarets. Here's a look at the last five results:
Mar 19, 2016: Burnley 1-1 Wolverhampton (Championship)
Nov 7, 2015: Wolverhampton 0-0 Burnley (Championship)
Apr 27, 2013: Wolverhampton 1-2 Burnley (Championship)
Nov 3, 2012: Burnley 2-0 Wolverhampton (Championship)
Mar 13, 2010: Burnley 1-2 Wolverhampton (Championship)
Bet365 have the following odds available for this match:
Wolves are at 7/10 to win, a draw is at 5/2, and a Burnley win is at 9/2.
Wolves have started their first season back in the Premier League in a very steady manner. They did well in the summer to bring in experienced players to add to the exciting young talent on display, and it has paid off for them so far to give them a win and two draws in four outings. That puts them in 11th as the only team on five points ahead of the weekend's fixtures. They showed their mettle with that draw at home to champions City and then followed it up with a win against West Ham, so they definitely won't be overmatched by the Clarets here.
Burnley had an extraordinary season last term, and it's looking like they might be made to pay for it now. It must be said that European distractions are over, and that is likely to help, but it has already damaged them to a degree as they have gone four matches in the league without a win and have just a point to show thus far. The Clarets have a very tactically astute and pragmatic manager that should figure it out, but they have got to get some points on the board, and soon, if they are to avoid a battle at the bottom come December and beyond.
Burnley's struggle to score goals (they only have three so far, toward the bottom of the division) coupled with their lack of defence so far is troubling. Those two things likely mean both teams will not score.
Ladbrokes has that at 4/6.
Raul Jimenez to score anytime is at 2.7 via Betfair.
Burnley had a fantastic away record last term after an abysmal one the season before. It seems as if things are correcting themselves a little, and this trip to Wolverhampton is unlikely to help them get off and running in the Premier League.