The Clarets did not let their first-leg Europa League exploits against Istanbul Basaksehir get the better of them at St Mary’s, and Sean Dyche will hope that a similar intensity start may produce a couple of goals with their crowd fully behind them.
On Thursday, Dyche’s side secured their passage to the final round of Europa League qualifiers, where they will face Olympiakos, through Jack Cork’s extra-time strike, and they will hope they do not suffer a European hangover this time around either.
Javi Gracia’s men put in an impressive display on the opening weekend and beat Brighton 2-0 thanks to a double from Roberto Pereyra.
The Argentinian scored against Burnley at Vicarage Road last week and the Hornets will be looking for a repeat performance from the Argentinian at Turf Moor.
What time does it start?
Burnley vs Watford kicks off at 1:30PM (BST)
Where can I watch it?
The match will not be shown live on TV or online in the UK.
Highlights will be available at 10:30PM on BBC One.
It’s a big game for…
Aaron Lennon: The 31-year-old winger found it tough against Bertrand last weekend, but his finishing has been found wanting so far in the league and the Europa League. He has kept showing for the ball and has had chances, and Sean Dyche will hope he can rediscover his form soon.
Three: Burnley have won three of the four Premier League fixtures between these two sides, including both fixtures last season. Watford’s sole victory came in February last calendar year.
The sides became acclimatised to playing each other in the ten-year period 2004-2014, playing each other 16 times in the Championship altogether. However, few games have seen as bizarre a goal, or rather own goal, than the one in February 2011 from Dale Bennett. The match was only eight minutes old when a goalkeeper Lee Grant attempted to clear a long ball, but succeeded only in kicking it against his defender to open the scoring. Burnley went on to win the game at Vicarage Road 3-1.
Player to watch…
Joe Hart: The former Manchester City goalkeeper made a string of fine saves in the second half to keep Southampton at bay, and with Tom Heaton and the injured Nick Pope as Sean Dyche’s other options as number one, the 31-year-old will know he cannot rest on his laurels. Two successive clean sheets would suggest that he is on his way to establishing himself as first choice though.
Watford 1 (Pereyra) Burnley 2 (Vokes, Cork), Premier League, April 2018
Burnley 1 (Arfield) Watford 0, Premier League, December 2017
Watford 2 (Deeney, Niang) Burnley 1 (Barnes pen), Premier League, February 2017
Burnley to win: 11/8
Watford to win: 12/5