Picking the Best Potential Burnley Lineup to Face Sunderland in the FA Cup on Saturday

The 2016/17 season has been quite positive for Burnley so far, with Sean Dyche's side are currently sitting mid-table and starting to produce the consistent form that is expected for Premier League survival.


With the third round of the FA Cup this weekend, Dyche will hope his side can mirror the same 4-1 result they achieved on New Year's Eve as they face Premier League strugglers Sunderland.


Here is how Dyche could set up his side for the match against Sunderland...

Goalkeeper

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​With Tom Heaton starring for Burnley so far this season, Dyche may hand the gloves over to veteran goalkeeper Paul Robinson to give Heaton a rest but ensure solidarity between the posts.

Defence

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  • Keane
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  • Tarkowski
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  • Long
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It would not be too surprising if Burnley reshuffle their defensive four, giving several players a rest and introducing fringe players to the line-up. If Flanagan's knee is cleared, the Liverpool loanee may take his place in left-back replacing Matthew Lowton who has held down the position so far.


Matthew Keane will look to guide young James Tarkowski into a defensive partnership as the youngster looks to gain valuable first team experience, giving Ben Mee a chance to rest while maintaining regular starter Keane.


Kevin Long who can double as a centre back and full back to play down on the right as he looks to impress to become a consistent member of the Clarets' starting XI.

Midfield

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  • Defour
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  • Barton
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  • Guðmundsson
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Burnley's midfield could line up considerably differently to what we have seen in recent weeks, considering the statements made by Sean Dyche in his pre-match press conference. Kightly could replace George Boyd, who has been fantastic for Burnley this season, allowing him to get some well-needed rest.


The central pairing of Steven Defour and new signing Joey Barton is an interesting yet strong pairing. Dyche said he missed an opportunity in playing Steven Defour in their 2-1 loss against Manchester City, so it wouldn't come as a surprise if he gave the Belgium the nod. 


Barton, who is returning to Burnley once again, could make his return to football in a cup match before being called up to the starting XI in a Premier League match. Jóhann Berg Guðmundsson should retain his position out wide for Burnley.

Forwards

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  • Vokes
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The strike pairing of Burnley's deadliest strikers Andre Gray and Sam Vokes gives the Clarets strength up front against a side with the joint third worst defensive record in the Premier League.


Gray's pace matched with Vokes strength against a Sunderland side who through injury and absences of their regular defenders are considerably weakened. The attacking pair could enjoy a goal or two each if things were to go their way. 

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