Watford-Burnley Preview

Extra time on the pitch will continue for Burnley - and they wouldn't want it any other way.

Fresh off advancing in Europa League play, the Clarets shift their attention back to the Premier League, where they'll host Watford on Sunday at Turf Moor.

Jack Cork's goal in extra time gave Burnley a 1-0 victory over Istanbul Basasksehir on Thursday to claim the aggregate triumph over the Turkish club in third-round qualifying of Europa. That now sets up a play-off date with prominent Greek side Olympiacos, with the first leg between the sides kicking off net week in Athens.

Their process of progression in Europe might not be pretty, but it's certainly been effective for Burnley, who also had to grind their way past Aberdeen to open Europa play.

"We have to do what we have to do to win games and we've never hidden from that," manager Sean Dyche told Burnley's official website. "The strength of character of the players is so important."

And Dyche's players don't seem to mind the busy schedule that comes with adding European competition into an already crammed fixture list that also includes FA Cup and League Cup obligations.

"For us to play more games, I think is more fun than going out to train," midfielder Johann Gudmundsson said. "Hopefully, we can stay in this competition for as long as possible.

"It's a nice competition, and as long as we are all fit and healthy, I have no worries about playing twice a week."

Dyche instituted six changes to Thursday's lineup from the one that played Southampton to a scoreless draw last Sunday. Forwards Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes started against Basasksehir after both came off the sidelines in the Premier League opener. It's possible Barnes and Vokes could again be used off the bench for this contest to save themselves for the next Europa fixture.

Joe Hart remains Dyche's top-choice goalkeeper and also could be in goal after making three saves against Southampton.

Burnley did the double over Watford last season, with the departed Scott Arfield, Cork and Vokes responsible for their three goals over the two matches. The Hornets are winless in their last eight (0-4-4) at Turf Moor over all competitions.

"I think everyone knows it's horrible to go and play (at Turf Moor)," Ex-Burnley and current Watford forward Andre Gray told his club's official website. "So, it's difficult for other teams."

The Hornets, however, will be looking to open with consecutive Premier League victories for the first time since rejoining the top-flight of English football in 2015. Jose Holebas set up Roberto Pereyra for goals on each side of the break as Watford produced a 2-0 home win over Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend.

Watford outshot Brighton 20-6 and did not allow them to put a shot on target.

"We've got a plan," Gray said. "We know what we want to do and what works best for us, and that's everyone trying to press and react when we lose the ball.

"There's still a lot to work on as a whole, but I feel like we did what was expected (against Brighton)."

This match was originally scheduled to be played Saturday, but was pushed back due to Burnley's Europa League slate.

Updated August 17, 2018

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