Preview: Sunderland v Burnley

With Burnley's poor away record, struggling Sunderland will be eyeing a rare Premier League win at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon.

The Clarets are sitting comfortably in 12th position on the league standings with 31 points from 28 matches, but have claimed only a measly two points on the road the whole season.

Saturday's match will be a third consecutive away trip for Burnley, although manager Sean Dyche believes there are positives to take from their most recent match, a 2-1 reverse away at Liverpool.

"A lot of performances away from home were way off the mark earlier in the season, but that's not been the case in the main recently.

"The performance against Liverpool was a marker, the sight of Liverpool kicking it in the corners and wasting time, and bringing Lucas on for a striker, which you don't see them do often, was a backhanded mark of respect.

"If we keep delivering performances and get on top of the fine details, we're not a million miles away," he said.

The Black Cats, meanwhile, remain rooted to the foot of the table with 19 points from 27 matches, six adrift of safety.

They have only won once in their last 10 league outings, losing the last three without registering a goal while conceding eight.

Burnley have already beaten the north east club twice this season although both games – a 4-1 league victory and a 2-0 win in an FA Cup replay, came at home.

The likes of Victor Anichebe and Lee Cattermole remain sidelined for Davi Moyes' team, while midfielder Steven Pienaar is doubtful.

Darron Gibson is, however, likely to overcome a minor complaint, while Jan Kirchhoff could be back after three months out with hamstring and knee injuries.

Steven Defour could feature for the Clarets after being sidelined for the last six weeks with a hamstring strain. Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Dean Marney are still out with knee injuries.

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