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Free football tips, best bets and analysis for Burnley v Watford in the Premier League on Tuesday.

where to watch

BT Sport 2, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday

Best bet

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Team News

Maxwell Cornet is on international duty and Ashley Barnes is still injured. Dwight McNeil, Charlie Taylor, Matej Vydra and Erik Pieters tested positive for Covid-19 more than a week ago but could be ready to return.

Ismaila Sarr, Imran Louza, William Troost-Ekong and Adam Masina are on international duty and Peter Etebo and Kwadwo Baah are injured.

Match Preview

Premier League strugglers Watford have been on the ropes but snapped a six-game losing streak with a 1-1 draw at Newcastle on Saturday and can do better by beating relegation rivals Burnley at Turf Moor.

The match comes as a tricky time for Burnley, who are dealing with an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and have requested a second successive postponement following the loss of Saturday’s scheduled fixture at Leicester.

If the match continues, it will be the second part of a trilogy of crucial survival battles for Watford, who face a home clash against Norwich on Friday.

The first half seemed to end in tears when Allan Saint-Maximin fired Newcastle in the 49th minute, but the St James’ Park faithful were silenced by Joao Pedro’s superb header equaliser.

Watford have improved a lot on Tyneside with first-choice goalkeeper Ben Foster back from injury and new signings Samir, Hassane Kamara and Edo Kayembe performing confidently on their debuts.

Hornets boss Claudio Ranieri needed a result to complement his side’s decent performance and the draw puts Watford on a much stronger footing heading into a crucial few days that could make or break their season .

Ranieri made six changes to his previous Premier League squad selection and was fully justified as Watford looked as defensively secure as they have in any game this season.

Newcastle’s only shot on target was Saint-Maximin’s goal and the threat from Chris Wood was handled comfortably by new central defending duo Craig Cathcart and Samir.

Although Wood may not prove to be a shrewd signing for Newcastle, the impact of his loss to Burnley could be keenly felt.

The New Zealander had been the central point of the Clarets attack for the better part of four and a half seasons and his departure leaves a huge void.

Burnley have 21 games left to play, giving them plenty of chances to pull through, but Tuesday’s competition looks important in the battle for survival and they go into it without six-goal top scorer Maxwell Cornet, which participates in the African Cup of Nations.

Options to fill the centre-forward positions include Jay Rodriguez, former Hornet Matej Vydra and Aaron Lennon, but the league’s top scorer on the Clarets squad roster will be defender Ben Mee, who has scored two goals in 13 appearances.

As Burnley look for attacking weapons, Watford appear well supplied despite the continued absence of Ismaila Sarr.

Pedro looks set to fulfill his immense potential and Joshua King (five goals in 17 games) is having a decent campaign, but the biggest threat comes from Emmanuel Dennis, who has eight goals and five assists.

Dennis’ 13 goals make him a clear danger to a Burnley side who have scored just 16 league goals all season, and he’s the main reason Watford are seen as a solid no-bet.

Key stat

Burnley have won just one of their last 20 Premier League games

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Aerial threat on set piece James Tarkowski
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