Swansea City v Burnley: The big talking points

3rd March 2017

Swansea City look to take a step closer to Premier League survival when they take on Burnley this weekend.
Paul Clement's men will aim to make it three home victories in a row for the first time this season, although the Swans head coach is expecting a stern examination from Sean Dyche's impressive Clarets side.
Here are all the talking points heading into the big game. 



Turf more
Burnley's form on their own patch this season has been sensational. Only the Premier League's top two, Chelsea and Tottenham, have taken more points at home than the Clarets in 2016-17, with Sean Dyche's men banking nine wins from 14 top-flight games at Turf Moor.
It is primarily that spectacular return, rather than what they have done on the road, which looks like ensuring Burnley will be in the Premier League next season.
Away from home, after all, they currently have the worst record in the division. Last Saturday's draw at Hull delivered only a second travelling point of the campaign.
Dyche will be desperate to chalk up away win No. 1 this weekend.  



Four times in a row?
The Swans have faced Burnley three times in the Premier League, twice in 2014-15 and once on the opening day of this season.
On each occasion, the final score has been 1-0 to the Swans. Nathan Dyer's strike settled the first meeting, then Tom Heaton's own goal proved the difference in a scrappy game at Turf Moor in February 2015.
Leroy Fer's first goal for the Swans saw Francesco Guidolin's team win the most recent contest.
Clement would be delighted with the same scoreline this weekend, but history suggests a 1-0 home win is unlikely.
After all, no team has ever beaten the same opponent 1-0 in four successive Premier League clashes.


   
The perfect triple hat-trick
Fernando Llorente is the Swans' top scorer this season after netting his ninth goal in 23 Premier League appearances - 19 of them starts - at Chelsea last weekend.
He scored his third header of the campaign at Stamford Bridge, while there have also been three right-footed goals and three from Llorente's left boot.
Only 10 players have scored more in the top flight this season, and they are all star names. Harry Kane, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez lead the way with 17 goals each, ahead of Diego Costa, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Jermain Defoe, Dele Alli, Sergio Aguero, Sadio Mane and Eden Hazard.
Then comes the Swans' Spanish international frontman.
 


Rams reunion
Jeff Hendrick returns from suspension for Burnley this weekend, and that means he is in line for a reunion with Clement.
The Swans head coach worked with Irish international Hendrick, who joined Burnley for £10.5 million last summer, at Derby County last season.
But while Hendrick is back in contention after a three-match ban, striker Ashley Barnes will miss out on Saturday after getting sent off at Hull last time out.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson will be absent through injury, while Steven Defour is a doubt.



Bright young bosses
There are currently only four Englishmen at the helm of Premier League clubs - five if you include Leicester's Craig Shakespeare - and two of them do battle at the Liberty this weekend.
Clement is quickly building himself a reputation thanks to his work at the Swans, while Dyche has won great credit for the job he has done at Burnley.
This will not be the first time these two 45-year-olds have done battle.
Clement's Chelsea Under-18s once took on Dyche's Watford Under-18 side, while they met again in the Championship last season.
After a 0-0 draw at Derby in September 2015, Burnley beat the Rams 4-1 at home in what proved to be one of Clement's final games in charge of the Rams.
Perhaps the Swans can exact a bit of revenge on behalf of their head coach this weekend.
  


Gylfi's golden touch
Gylfi Sigurdsson claimed assist No. 9 of the Premier League season last weekend, meaning he tops the chart in the division alongside Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne.
Five of Sigurdsson's assists have come directly from dead-ball situations, making him the deadliest set-piece taker in the top flight.
He has also created more chances (34) from free-kicks and corners than any other Premier League player.  



Ton up for Lukasz
Swans keeper Lukasz Fabianski made his 100th Premier League appearance for the club at Chelsea last weekend.
The Polish international was disappointed with the Blues' second goal at the Bridge, but there have not been many blemishes since he joined the Swans from Arsenal in 2014.
Having kept a clean sheet in top-flight game No. 99 for the Swans, against Leicester three weeks ago, Fabianski will go in search of a fifth shutout of the season this weekend.