Burnley-Watford Preview

For a little more than four months, Burnley had severe trouble winning games over all competitions. Now, they can't lose.

The surging Clarets look to extend their overall season-high winning streak to five matches Saturday at Watford in a Premier League contest.

There was a time not too long ago that Burnley (6-3-13) were stuck in the Premier League's relegation zone and wondering if they had the moxy to keep an already rough season from turning catastrophic. From Aug. 19-Dec. 26, the Clarets were outscored 47-20 whilst going 3-3-15 over all competitions.

Since then, the switch of progress has been turned on and Burnley have won four straight overall, outscoring their opponents 7-2 in the process. Three of those victories have come in the Premier League, following an embarrassing 5-1 home loss to Everton on Boxing Day.

""The underlying values - the honesty, the integrity, the passion, the pride, the will, the demand, the work ethic - all those things are still in place," manager Sean Dyche, whose side is up to 15th in the table, told Burnley's official website.

"And I've said for a long, long time here, they're the base to go to if things are not working as well as you hoped. I think we came away from that early season - that base to work from. Only a bit, but a bit is enough sometimes.

"I think we have shown a strong view of coming back to that in the last four performances."

The next step in Burnley's revival would be to win back-to-back road contests for the first time since a three-game run in such matches over March and April of last year.

"We want to move on and move forward and carry on this form," Clarets defender Ben Mee said. "I think the group has really come together in the last few weeks.

"We are really up for the challenge we've got, and this year has started really well for us. The wins have really given us a big boost, and a belief in how we go about things."

Burnley know they can play better than August's 3-1 home defeat to Watford, which started them down that lengthy negative spiral of results. All the scoring was done over the first 51 minutes, with James Tarkowski coming through for the Clarets, who did the double against the Hornets last season.

Whilst Watford (9-5-8), seventh in the table, have not enjoyed the same winning form as Burnley of late, they are unbeaten in their last four overall and amidst a 4-3-1 stretch over all competitions. Most recently, a 2-1 victory at Crystal Palace last Saturday.

The Hornets trailed 1-0 after Craig Cathcart's own goal in the 38th minute, but he redeemed matters with a proper score in the 67th to equalise. Tom Cleverley put Watford ahead for good in the seven minutes later.

In an interesting occurrence, Watford have been strong on the road, going 3-2-0 in their last five over all competitions, but are 2-1-5 at home since opening the season with three consecutive wins at Vicarage Road.

"In all of (the matches home or away), we prepare the same as possible," manager Javi Gracia told Watford's official website. "It's true in the last games we got good results (away), but our idea is to always do our best, and I am very happy with the level of our players."

Updated January 17, 2019

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