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Burnley-Wolverhampton Preview

Last season, especially in the first-half, Burnley had some trouble balancing their Europa League commitments with that of the Premier League. Wolverhampton hope that won't be the case for them in 2019-20.

Wolves will attempt again to earn their first Premier League victory of the season when they host Burnley on Sunday.

Wolverhampton (0-2-0) are making the most of their appearance in the Europa League, winning their first five matches in the early levels of the competition. Most recently, 3-2 at Torino on Thursday. However, Wolves have had to settle for a draw in each of their first two games of the Premier League season.

The first, a goalless affair at Leicester City, and last week, a 1-1 final against a still hard-to-figure-out Manchester United side. Wolves needed a Ruben Neves goal in the 55th minute to earn a point in the latter.

Balancing the two competitions, along with League Cup and FA Cup matches, are often rough on newer squads to the experience. As was the case with Burnley in 2018-19. The Clarets bowed out of the Europa League early in that competition, and won just three times in the top-flight by Boxing Day.

Despite flirting with relegation, Burnley (1-0-1) were able to regroup and stay in the top flight. Wolverhampton appear to be more of a complete side that can handle the demands. Manager Nuno Espirito Santo is doing his best to make sure that happens.

"We need to recover well," Nuno told Wolves' official website on Friday. "It has been a very tight schedule. The most important job now is to recover well, and rest, and be ready to compete Sunday again - against a very tough team. Burnley is very tough.

The Clarets have been quite the challenge for their first two opponents in 2019-20. They rolled 3-0 over Southampton in the opener and gave Arsenal a handful in last weekend 2-1 defeat at the Emirates. Ashley Barnes equalised for the visitors in the 43rd minute, but Arsenal went ahead for good in the 64th.

"It's tough in the Premier League, but the growth you show is important," manager Sean Dyche told Burnley's official website.

"The mentality is good, and the key thing for me was getting on the front foot. It's only a measure, but it means we have that edge to us, and I'm happy with that."

Barnes has scored three of Burnley's four goals this season. However, he does not have any goals in five career matches versus Wolves.

Burnley won their first Premier League contest in four tries against Wolverhampton, 2-0 at home last season. The Clarets, though, have dropped both Premier League games at the Molineux.

Wolverhampton are hoping defender Matt Doherty will be fit from a knock that kept him out of Thursday's match.

Updated August 23, 2019

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