Burnley host Sheffield United on Thursday in the second round of the Carabao Cup. The all-Premier League fixture will pit two sides that will fancy their chances of progressing deep into the tournament. Sean Dyche’s team failed at this point last season in the Carabao Cup. They were knocked out by League One side Sunderland 3-1 at Turf Moor.
Dyche will hope for better but Sheffield United will pose a difficult task. The Blades were eliminated from the 2019-20 Carabao Cup tournament in the third round. After overcoming Blackburn Rovers in the second round, they were eliminated by Sunderland as well.
Burnley were unable to start their Premier League season at the weekend. Their game versus Manchester United was postponed after the Red Devils Europa League exploits in August. Sheffield United did begin their season but were beaten easily, 2-0, by Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Both Burnley and Sheffield United are good enough to go deep in the cup tournament. However, the two teams will have their eyes on the top six. A deep run in the Carabao Cup could curtail in hopes of fighting for a European place.
Sheffield United dominated their series of matches against Burnley last season. The Blades won 3-0 at Bramall Lane with all three goals coming in the opening 45 minutes. John Lundstrum scored twice and John Fleck added the third just before the halftime break.
Their match at Turf Moor ended in a 1-1 draw. Burnley won the first half thanks to a goal from James Tarkowski. John Egan levelled the scoreline for Sheffield United on 80 minutes to give his team a share of the spoils.
Sheffield United were held scoreless by Wolves on opening day of the Premier League. They lost 2-0 without troubling Wolves’ defence. The Blades defence, which was so good last term, conceded two goals to Wolverhampton Wanderers in the opening six minutes. Sheffield United did keep 56% of the game’s possession while talling nine shots with two on target.
Manager Chris Wilder does not have a deep squad and could play many of the same players that featured on Monday night versus Wolves. He could use the game as a prep game for the season to come. Dyche could use the match as a way to get his side more fitness. Due to the Clarets not playing at the weekend, they are behind the rest of the league in fitness.
Dyche has three players on his injury list heading into the Carabao Cup fixture. Midfielder Jack Cork is ruled out with a foot/ankle injury. Ben Mee is recovering from a thigh strain and continues to undergo treatment. He is ruled out of the match too. Striker Ashley Barnes is not 100% and will miss the game with a groin issue.
Sheffield United striker Lys Mousset is ruled out of the game with an ankle/foot injury. Mousset’s goals were important to the Blades at the beginning of last season. He fell of the boil as the term went on. Wilder needs to get a proven goalscorer as his side scored the fewest goals of any Premier League team to finish in the top 12 last term.
Simone Moore is working his way back to full fitness from a broken finger injury. He is unlikely to play as a broken finger will prevent him from performing in goal.
Wilder has been active in the transfer market but no proven Premier League goalscorer has been acquired. Seven players have been signed thus far in the market. Only one of those players, Aaron Ramsdale, played versus Wolverhampton Wanderers. Burnley have signed six players this offseason. None will fill many supporters with hope of leading the team into the top six.
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The last time these teams played, which was last season at Turf Moor, both teams scored. Sheffield United’s defence was not good against Wolves – at least early on. The change of goalkeepers from Dean Henderson to Ramsdale is likely to be an issue all season. Three of the last four matches in all competitions between the clubs finished with both teams finding the back of the net.
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Last season, these teams combined for over 2.5 goals as Sheffield United won 3-0 at Bramall Lane. Three of the last four games in all competitions between the clubs finished with over 2.5 goals tallied. Although both are built on strong defences, a Carabao Cup game this early in the season could see players getting back to full fitness. Don’t be surprised to see the defences give up goals.
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Dyche could give Jay Rodriguez the nod in attack. The English striker scored eight goals in 36 Premier League appearances for Burnley last term. He came up with some important strikes at both Manchester United and Liverpool. He averaged a goal every 248.4 minutes in the Premier League. Rodriguez was around his expected goals target of 8.96 when the season finished. He averaged 3.03 shots per 90 minutes.
Sheffield United picked up four points from six possible last season in the league when the teams played. Although they went unbeaten versus Burnley, Thursday night’s game could go the way of the home side. Burnley were not beaten at home last season by Sheffield United. In addition, Burley have had an addition week off to prepare and Dyche could play more first-choice players. Wilder may not chop and change his side, but their attack was so poor versus Wolves that it is unlikely to get better on Thursday.
Sheffield United have an EFL Championship-quality attack. Burnley’s attacking options are better and should claim the win against the Blades when they meet this week. Sheffield United could take a step backwards in their sophomore season back in the Premier League.
Turf Moor will host Burnley vs Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup on Thursday.
The kick-off time for Burnley vs Sheffield United in the Carabao Cup is 17:30 on Thursday 17 September