BURNLEY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 30:  Dwight McNeil of Burnley celebrates after scoring his team's second goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and West Ham United at Turf Moor on December 29, 2018 in Burnley, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Picking the Best Potential Burnley Lineup to Face Huddersfield on Wednesday

Burnley go in search of consecutive Premier League victories when they travel to relegation rivals Huddersfield on Wednesday evening.


A 2-0 win over West Ham relieved some pressure on Sean Dyche, and a point at the John Smith's Stadium should be enough to lift the Clarets out of the relegation zone - but Dyche will be aiming for all three.


Here is Burnley's most likely lineup.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Tom Heaton (GK) - Heaton made his first Premier League appearance for over 15 months against West Ham and it was as if he had never been away as he kept a clean sheet. Joe Hart may find it hard to get back in the team.


Matt Lowton (RB) - Lowton served a one-match suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season on Boxing Day, but he should return at right back in place of Phil Bardsley.


James Tarkowski (CB) - It's been a mixed season for Tarkowski, who has both scored and conceded more goals than he did in the whole of the 2017/18 campaign. The Clarets must tighten up in the second half of the season.


Ben Mee (CB) - Typically consistent, Mee is the only Burnley player who has played every minute of Premier League football so far this season. Having relinquished captaincy duties to Heaton, it will be interesting to see if handing over the armband has any effect on him.


Charlie Taylor (LB) - Taylor was rather unfairly dropped last season but the long-term absence of Stephen Ward has given him a reprieve. This will be his 18th consecutive start.

2. Midfielders

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (RM) - Gudmundsson delivered an excellent cross for Sam Vokes' headed goal when Burnley hosted Huddersfield back in October. That was his third assist in three games but he hasn't managed another since.


Ashley Westwood (CM) - Westwood was arguably Burnley's man of the match against West Ham as he played a part in both goals and dominated the midfield. A repeat performance is called for against Huddersfield's three-man midfield.


Jack Cork (CM) - It will come as no surprise that Burnley have taken just one point from the six games in which Cork and Westwood haven't started together this season. Their consistency is fundamental to the team's success.


Dwight McNeil (LM) - Robbie Brady is nearing a return to fitness but there is no need to rush him back early, particularly as it would be very harsh to drop McNeil after his goal against West Ham. The 19-year-old looks like a very exciting prospect.

3. Forwards

Ashley Barnes (SS) - Barnes ended last season in fine form but that has not carried over into this campaign, with just three goals so far. He must improve his conversion rate in 2019.


Chris Wood (CF) - Burnley's survival may depend on Wood, who needs to rediscover his form in front of goal after scoring just twice this season. Hopefully his confidently-taken strike against West Ham can be the catalyst for better times ahead.