Rafa Benitez is expected to make several changes from the side that was easily beaten by Chelsea 3-0 in the FA Cup at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
A number of our top players were rested on Sunday and since we are out of the FA Cup again – Rafa can concentrate on getting as many points as possible from our 14 remaining league games.
We need at least 17 points to reach the 40 points mark which usually means safety in the Premier League.
Jamaal Lascelles – will lead the team tonight
This is the team we expect Rafa to field in a 4-4-2 formation.
Yedlin Lascelles (c) Clark Dummett
Murphy Diame Shelvey (Merino) Atsu (Kenedy)
What would your team be for tonight?
Kenedy is expected to start on the bench but he will definitely make his debut tonight – this lad is a natural talent and can make the difference.
Since Mikel Merino wasn’t even in the squad for Sunday’s game, it could be he has been given a rest and Mikel could start as the attacking central midfielder tonight in place of Shelvey.
The defense picks itself and we hope Joselu and Perez up front can cause some problems to the strong Burnley defense.
Burnley have the 4th best defense in the division having conceded only 21 goals in 24 games.
Most fans think we will lose this game tonight – most pundits too – so we have nothing to lose.
With the nonsense that’s happened in the transfer window this month, we need a win to lift the spirits of our fans everywhere.
Howay The Lads!!