Huddersfield Town-Burnley Preview
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Though Burnley pride themselves on playing well at home, they hope to string together some positive results there, starting Saturday against Huddersfield Town.
Burnley (2-2-1) won seven straight at Turf Moor over all competitions from early December through January last season, but since have gone 2-3-5 there. They've split their first two Premier League matches at home this term, but enter this contest coming off a disappointing EFL Cup loss to visitors Leeds United on penalties in midweek.
Still, Burnley have won the same number of Premier League home matches as Manchester United (11) since August 2016, and only one fewer than Manchester City (12).
In the league, the Clarets find themselves in decent position, and might have some momentum heading into Saturday following last week's 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield.
Scott Arfield opened the scoring on 27 minutes for Burnley and Mohamed Salah equalised for the hosts three minutes later, but manager Sean Dyche's side was pleased to take a point from Anfield.
"It was a hard-earned point and I thought the belief in the group, the responsibility to do the ugly stuff was on show today again," Dyche said. "We weren't as good with the ball as we have been in previous weeks, but it's different here. You don't expect to come to Anfield and out-pass them, and we never planned for that, so the game plan isn't about keeping the ball. We came here to play from our shape and deliberately went even longer to unnerve them a bit and put them on the back foot when we could."
The Clarets could have a new goalkeeper in place Saturday as former Manchester United member Anders Lindegaard was signed this week to replace the injured Tom Heaton.
"I've had a good week here and I've had a very good impression of the whole club and all the people here. It's not hard to fit in nicely here," Lindegaard told the club's official website. "It seems like an honest place and a very hard-working place and I appreciate being a part of it."
After going unbeaten in August, things have been a bit more difficult for Huddersfield Town (2-2-1) the last two weeks. The Terriers suffered a 2-0 loss to West Ham United on Sept. 11 and followed with a 1-1 draw against Leicester City as Laurent Depoitre and Jamie Vardy traded second half goals.
David Wagner's boys will try to bounce back quickly after suffering a midweek 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace in the EFL Cup.
"I think we tried everything, we had some good moments, but we didn't occupy the dangerous areas," Wagner said of his team's performance. "Second half was good, but the first half we were not good enough - too slow and we made too many mistakes. First half we were second-best."
This will be the first top-flight meeting between these clubs since March 1971.
Burnley's Robbie Brady has created seven scoring chances for Ben Mee this season - the most by one player to a teammate in the top flight. Burnley's defensive pair of Mee and James Tarkowski have blocked more shots (26) than every team in the League apart from Leicester City (29).
Updated September 21, 2017