Burnley will be relegated from the Premier League after just one season if they fail to beat fellow strugglers Hull City at the KC Stadium.
It is also a massively important game for the home side, who could really do with a win here considering their final two matches see them travel to Tottenham and host Manchester United. They come into this having taken three points from testing fixtures against Liverpool and Arsenal.
A deserved win over the Merseysiders could not be followed with a win over the latter as Steve Bruce’s men were outclassed on Monday evening. A strong second half effort produced a goal for Stephen Quinn, but Hull simply could not cope in the face of such inspired opposition.
With the stakes so high, this will almost certainly be a nervous affair, but Burnley may look upon their superb recent record against Hull for some encouragement. Although a series of spirited displays throughout the season look set to be in vain, if they were to be relegated here they can return to the Championship with their heads held high.
One man who will be particularly keen to prolong the Clarets’ survival for at least another week is the hardworking George Boyd, who has driven them on so often since leaving Hull for Lancashire last summer. He will be keen to prove a point to his former club and outshine more heralded former teammate Tom Huddlestone.
Hull are hopeful that Mohamed Diame can return from a troublesome knee injury, but they are still without Curtis Davies and Robert Snodgrass.
Sam Vokes is hopeful of making his comeback following two games out with a thigh injury, while Kevin Long and Dean Marney will not feature for Burnley again this season.
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