There is very little to separate Burnley and Huddersfield Town ahead of their Premier League clash at Turf Moor on Saturday.
Both sides have won two, drawn two and lost just one game this season with the Clarets overcoming Chelsea and Crystal Palace, as the Terriers’ two wins came against Palace and Newcastle.
Ahead of this tie, Burnley boss Sean Dyche praised his opposite number David Wagner.
He said: “He has done a terrific job and continues to do so on early-season showing. He’ll be well aware the challenge of the Premier League is over a season.
“Beyond Saturday – because our job is to go and beat them – you’re pleased for what they’re doing and how they’re achieving things.
“It brings a different feeling to football when the smaller clubs do well amongst the big super powers of the Premier League. It brings a nice, diverse mix to what the league is about.”
Wagner also had positive things to say about his counterpart by adding: “What Burnley and Sean (Dyche) have achieved over the last four or five years shows how important consistency is in football to achieve success.
“It’s a big match for us, we know what is in front of us. This is a real team, a real hard-working team, not a team full of individuals but an unbelievable team with a great work ethic.”
In team news, Burnley remain without Jon Walters (knee) while Nahki Wells is still out after ankle surgery. Jeff Hendrick though may well be back after a thigh injury.
Huddersfield have Danny Williams missing with a fractured foot. Laurent Depoitre and Rajiv van La Parra will face late fitness tests as they struggle with muscle injuries.
Steve Mounie, Collin Quaner, Kasey Palmer and Jon Gorenc Stankovic are long-term absentees.