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The Hornets have not beaten the Clarets across a clutch of meetings since the turn of the century and hope to buck the trend
Watford is set to take on Burnley on Saturday in a Premier League match. Both teams sit near the bottom of the league, making this a crucial contest in the race to avoid relegation, especially for Burnley, which is two points ahead of 18th place.
The last meeting of these sides came in February, with the teams playing to a scoreless draw. Burnley had a 13-11 advantage in shots, but Watford had more shots on goal, leading 5-2 in that category.
Nineteenth-placed Watford face 17th-placed Burnley today in a survival six-pointer that will have major repercussions as to who goes down and who stays up. The Clarets have their noses just above the water after two precious wins on the bounce. Make it three and the Hornets are as good as relegated.
Nearly two months have passed since Watford last tasted victory, yet there remains a sense that they've got the players to pull off a near-miraculous escape. A team that contains the attacking talents of Emmanuel Dennis, Ismaïla Sarr, Josh King and Cucho Hernández should not be embroiled in a relegation scrap, but they already have one foot in the Championship.
If Watford lose this, they'll need to win all of their final four games by a collective margin of at least 22 goals to stand any hope of avoiding relegation. To put it mildly, it's a long shot. Win this, however, and there's still hope, especially as Roy Hodgson's men still have to face Everton.
Caretaker manager Mike Jackson, meanwhile, has got Burnley dancing to his beat. Seven points from three games means there's no question he's starting something, but the Clarets can't stop until they get enough points on the board. Dwight McNeil has looked like his old self since Jackson took the reins, and he'll fancy his chances of ending his lengthy goal drought against this hapless Watford rearguard. Burnley come into this clash two points ahead of Everton, and while victory wouldn't guarantee safety, it would pile the pressure on the Blues ahead of their nightmare run-in.
Burnley will be looking to give their survival bid a further boost by beating Watford on Saturday afternoon.
The general consensus when the Clarets sacked Sean Dyche earlier this month was that the club had made a big mistake. Dyche had worked miracles by keeping Burnley in the Premier League over a number of years, and the squad at his disposal was built in his image. It appeared to be a knee-jerk decision and most fans acted with bewilderment.
Yet although it is still early days, things have gone much better for Burnley than most observers expected. Under the leadership of interim manager Mike Jackson, they have taken seven points from the last nine available.
Burnley are now two points clear of Everton in the battle to avoid the drop. That gap would increase to five if the Clarets are triumphant at Vicarage Road, with Everton not in action until Chelsea visit Goodison Park on Sunday.
If optimism has returned to Turf Moor, it is in short supply at Vicarage Road. Watford have lost each of their last 10 home games. They are now nine points adrift of safety and require a miracle to avoid an immediate return to the Championship following promotion last term.
Watford have generally fared well under the ownership of the Pozzo family, but their penchant for chopping and changing managers on a regular basis has not paid off this season. Roy Hodgson, appointed in January, has been unable to pull the Hornets clear of trouble.
The home team could welcome Francisco Sierralta, Kiko Femenia and Juraj Kucka back into the fold, but Cucho Hernandez will miss out through injury.
Burnley remain without Ben Mee, Erik Pieters, Ashley Westwood and Johann Berg Gudmundsson, while Maxwel Cornet will undergo a late fitness test. Jay Rodriguez is expected to be fit.