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Burnley vs Watford: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Tom Gott
Roy Hodgson is back in action
Roy Hodgson is back in action / PHIL NOBLE/GettyImages

Amid all the FA Cup fourth round action, Burnley and Watford will face off in a rescheduled Premier League game. The original fixture, from back in mid December, was called off due to Covid-19, but with both sides out of the FA Cup already, they have taken the chance to squeeze this match in here.

This will be Roy Hodgson's first game in charge for Watford. The veteran boss replaced Claudio Ranieri, who was relieved of his duties after a run of 11 defeats in 14 games across all competitions.

The Hornets are still ahead of bottom-side Burnley, but Sean Dyche's men have two games in hand over Watford and as many as five over some other sides, so their current standing in the league table isn't worth fretting about just yet.

Here's all you need to know about the game.

How to watch Burnley vs Watford on TV/live stream

When is kick off? Saturday 5 February, 18:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Turf Moor
TV channel/live stream? BT Sport 1 (UK), Peacock Premium (US), DAZN (Canada)
Highlights? BT Sport YouTube channel
Referee? Craig Pawson
VAR? Chris Kavanagh

Burnley team news

A debut for January signing Wout Weghorst is expected. The Dutchman joined as the replacement for Chris Wood, having bagged six goals in 18 Bundesliga appearances before making the move to Turf Moor.

Weghorst will likely feature in a frontline alongside Maxwel Cornet, who is back from the Africa Cup of Nations, especially since Ashley Barnes and Matej Vydra are not fully fit.

Josh Brownhill is suspended and will miss out in midfield.

You can read Burnley's predicted lineup here.

Watford team news

The biggest blow for Watford is the absence of star striker Emmanuel Dennis, who is suspended following a red card last time out. The front line is also missing Ismaila Sarr, whose Senegal side are in the AFCON final on Sunday.

William Troost-Ekong, Adam Masina and Imran Louza are all back from the tournament, but there'll be no sign of Ozan Tufan, whose loan from Fenerbahce was cut short earlier this month.

Kwadwo Baah, Nicolas Nkoulou and Peter Etebo are all out injured, but both Ben Foster and Craig Cathcart should be back from illness.

You can read Watford's predicted lineup here.

Burnley vs Watford head-to-head record

The last time these two met was the 2019/20 season, in which Burnley did the double. There was a 3-0 win at Vicarage Road and a 1-0 home victory towards the end of the campaign, the last of which saw Watford fall closer to their eventual relegation.

The season prior was a different story. Watford went to Turf Moor and came away with a 3-1 victory in the second game of the season and secured a goalless draw later on.

That defeat was Burnley's first against Watford on home soil since April 2004.

Burnley vs Watford score prediction

Burnley's presence at the bottom of the table means very little because of the number of games they saw postponed. The Clarets could be as high as tenth right now if they won all their games in hand, but given they've won just once in 18 attempts this year, that seems just a tad unlikely.

That being said, they'll fancy their chances of getting win number two here. Watford are missing their two biggest names in Dennis and Sarr, and just how fluid they'll be following their umpteenth manager change remains to be seen.

Burnley have conceded fewer goals than 12 teams in the division, including Manchester United and West Ham, and that resolute defence should be enough to secure the victory here.

Prediction: Burnley 1-0 Watford