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Picking the Best Burnley Starting XI for Their FA Cup Clash With Barnsley

League One's Barnsley will make the trip to Turf Moor to meet Sean Dyche's Burnley in Saturday's FA Cup third round fixtures.


Dyche will likely use the match as a chance to give a well-deserved rest to many of his starters, but will certainly be wary of a Barnsley side who will be buoyed by the return from injury of star striker Kiefer Moore, who has 11 goals to his name this season.


Here's how Burnley could lineup.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Nick Pope (GK) - Pope has missed all but 14 minutes of Burnley's season with a shoulder injury, but has now returned to training and could be given a run out against Barnsley.


Matthew Lowton (RB) - Dyche has alternated between Lowton and Phil Bardsley at right-back but, with Bardsley featuring for the majority of the last two games, expect Lowton to get the nod on Saturday.


Ben Gibson (CB) - Gibson's move to Burnley has yet to work out, with injuries restricting him to just three appearances all season. However, following the side's hectic festive schedule, Gibson will likely be given a chance to prove himself on Saturday.


Kevin Long (CB) - Long is a regular feature in Burnley's starting lineup, but sat out the side's last three matches, meaning he will be ready for the visit of Barnsley.


Stephen Ward (LB) - Ward hasn't been seen since September after suffering a knee injury, but has now returned to training and the upcoming fixture could prove to be a valuable part of Ward's return to full fitness.

2. Midfielders

Johann Berg Gudmundsson (RM) - Unfortunately for Dyche, injuries have severely depleted his options on the wing. Gudmundsson has featured heavily in the league but, with Aaron Lennon out injured, Dyche will likely be forced to stick with the 28-year-old.


Steven Defour (CM) - Defour is one of those who is now returning from injury, and the Belgian will be keen to get back onto the pitch against Barnsley.


Jeff Hendrick (CM ) - One of Dyche's preferred reserve options, expect Hendrick to get the chance to start on Saturday.


Dwight McNeil (LM) - Robbie Brady would have been a favourite to start against Barnsley, but his red card in the dying embers of the 2-1 victory over Huddersfield Town means 19-year-old McNeil could retain his place in the starting lineup.

3. Forwards

Sam Vokes (ST) - Vokes has seen just one minute of action in Burnley's last two matches, meaning he will be fully prepared for a big role against Barnsley.


Matej Vydra (ST) - Vydra has only started three Premier League matches this season and featured for just 20 minutes in December, meaning he will be desperate for a good performance to fire him further up the pecking order at Turf Moor.