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Preview: Burnley vs. Norwich City - prediction, team news, lineups

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Sports Mole provides team news, predicted lineups and a full preview of Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round tie between Burnley and Norwich City.
By , Senior Reporter | 25d

Burnley welcome Premier League rivals Norwich City to Turf Moor on Saturday with a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup up for grabs.

The Clarets have regained their form with back-to-back wins in the top flight, while Norwich remain in serious trouble at the foot of the table as focus turns to the domestic cup.

Match preview

Burnley had been accused of sleepwalking their way towards a relegation fight when losing four games on the spin over the Christmas and New Year period, but they have since arrested that alarming slide with successive wins.

Beating Leicester City from a goal behind was a massive result for Sean Dyche's men, especially considering his side looked devoid of any real ideas in the opening 45 minutes.

That could well prove to be the turning point in their season, having followed up those three points with another big win away at Manchester United in midweek - their first victory at Old Trafford in 57 years.

There is now a seven-point buffer between Burnley in 13th and Bournemouth in the final relegation spot, meaning Dyche may well take the FA Cup a little more seriously.

The Clarets made eight alterations to their starting lineup for the third-round win at home to Peterborough United but, given the winnable nature of Saturday's tie, changes could be kept to a premium in order to keep momentum building.

This weekend's clash will mark just the second time the sides have met in the FA Cup, with Norwich winning 4-1 the only other time they faced off in a third-round tie eight years ago.

The Canaries finished 12th in the Premier League that season, though it is fair to say that their ambitions are a little lower this campaign with time running out to save themselves from relegation.

Daniel Farke's men temporarily revived their survival hopes with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth last weekend, only to concede late on in a 2-1 loss at Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, leaving them six points from safety.

Norwich will therefore have bigger things on their mind than a cup run, even if there is a seven-day break before their next Premier League outing, a trip to Newcastle United on February 1.

Taking all competitions into account, the Canaries have won just one of their 21 away visits to Burnley - a 4-1 victory in April 2004 - with 16 of those matches ending in defeat.

With just five wins from 26 games all season, hope will not be high of improving on that disappointing Turf Moor return this weekend.

Burnley's FA Cup form: W
Burnley's form (all competitions): LLWLWW

Norwich City's FA Cup form: W
Norwich City's form (all competitions): DDWLWL

Team News

Joe Hart, Erik Pieters and Aaron Lennon are all pushing for inclusion against Norwich, while Matej Vydra - another unused substitute against United - is also in contention to start.

Striker Ashley Barnes remains on the treatment table and there is still no Phil Bardsley, but Johann Berg Gudmundsson is closing in on a return to fitness.

If Dyche elects to field a strong XI and starts Jay Rodriguez in attack, the 30-year-old will be looking to build on a return of nine goals in his last 13 FA Cup appearances, including a goal in each of his last three outings for Burnley in the competition.

Norwich boss Farke is without the suspended Ben Godfrey and Timm Klose is absent with a knee injury.

Top scorer Teemu Pukki has scored in back-to-back matches, ending a previous run of four games without a goal, but will surely be rested here.

Instead, it will likely be left to Adam Idah to lead the line, with the teenage forward lighting up the last round with a hat-trick in the 4-2 win at Preston North End.

Onel Hernandez was also on target at Deepdale and is expected to start here following a string of substitute appearances in the league.

Burnley possible starting lineup:
Hart; Lowton, Tarkowski, Long, Pieters; Hendrick, Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Wood, Rodriguez

Norwich City possible starting lineup:
McGovern; Byram, Zimmermann, Amadou, Lewis; Tettey, McLean; Cantwell, Stiepermann, Hernandez; Idah

We say: Burnley 3-1 Norwich City

Burnley have lost only two of their last 20 home FA Cup games - 2-0 to Arsenal in January 2008 and 1-0 to Lincoln City in February 2017 - and we expect them to get the job done against Premier League strugglers Norwich on Saturday.

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