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Sheffield Wednesday one win away from Premier League

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The Owls of Sheffield Wednesday completed their upset of Brighton & Hove Albion, and now are a Wembley win away from England’s top flight.

After winning the home leg 2-0 last week, the Owls drew 1-1 on the road for a convincing defeat of the Championship’s third-ranked team.

The clubs staged a pair of scoreless draws during the season, but there’d be no such occurances in the playoff.

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Brighton pulled a goal back to start the second leg, but Ross Wallace equalized with a road goal before halftime.

Wednesday hasn’t been in the Premier League since being relegated in 2000, beginning an odyssey which sent them twice down to League One before rejoining the Championship in 2012.

Sheffield Wednesday will play either Hull City or Derby County, likely the former, on May 28 for the right to join the Premier League. Hull leads Derby 3-0 after one leg, all three of those road goals, and Tuesday’s second leg kicks off at 2:45 p.m. ET.

Premier League Preview: Everton vs. Burnley

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• Everton can win a third successive game against Burnley for the first time since 1968-70, when they enjoyed a four-match winning streak.

• Burnley are without a league goal in four hours and 59 minutes since George Boyd’s winner in the 1-0 victory over Manchester City.

• The Toffees are one of only three possible Premier League teams with an unbeaten home record in 2015 – along with Arsenal and Chelsea. They have won two and drawn four since a 1-0 defeat against Stoke on Boxing Day. (BBC Sport)

Burnley held ground against Arsenal last week and will have a normal, week-long turnaround away from home, facing a competitive Everton squad on Saturday.

The first competition between these two outfits in October ended in a clear Everton victory, 3-1, as Samuel Eto’o’s brace ultimately made the outcome possible.

The Toffees were once in the dead middle of the Premier League table at 10th place. However, they’ve dropped two spots, although Roberto Martinez’s side has pulled together to finish the last four games unbeaten.

The highlight in that stretch was a 3-0 win over Newcastle United, with Romelu Lukaku nailing a penalty kick and Ross Barkley burying the final goal in the last minute.

In other good news for Everton, the gifted striker Lukaku, who has been out for the past month due to a groin injury, will likely take the pitch tomorrow.

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Burnley is coming off the toughest eight-match period of the season, no doubt. Their opponents included Chelsea, Manchester City, Southampton and Liverpool, and luckily, the Clarets managed to steal one on home turf—a 1-0 win against City.

From now until the end of the year, Sean Dyche will aim to jump the ranks in order to stave off relegation.

Currently, his team sits at 19th place with 26 points but other squads are close to that tally. Leicester City, in last place, has 25 points, while Hull City is three points ahead and one spot out of the danger zone.

Catch the Everton-Burnley live on NBC Sports Live Extra at 10 a.m. ET.

What they’re saying

Everton boss Roberto Martinez on Kevin Mirallas’ return and stay with the Toffees (Liverpool Echo): “Kevin picked up a really difficult injury when you are a sprinter like he is. He has had a soft tissue problem so we need to be careful. Now he is getting to 100% and Kevin has been a really important player for us in the last two years and his goal scoring threat is something that we really need in the team.”

Burnley manager Sean Dyche on squad/transfer flexibility (Sky Sports): ”It’s recognised we’ve tried to do something different from the norm – which is to throw money at every situation…We’re trying to build something on and off the pitch. There are challenges that come with that because it is quite hard to get players in who don’t need developing, who can just go in and do it on the money we’ve spent.”

Match injuries/absences

As mentioned earlier, Lukaku is back. Leon Osman’s groin injury will probably keep him out. Although going strong in training, Bryan Oviedo’s hamstring injury will be fully healed in May, while Aiden McGeady also shouldn’t see time on the field in this one.

The Clarets have to deal with the extended nonappearances of Dean Marney and Kevin Long. Steven Reid (calf) and Ross Wallace (knee) are doubts for Burnley as well.

Prediction

You can’t deny that Everton’s been hot as of late, but it’s still unclear when their run of form will end. Against a desperate Burnley, regardless of Lukaku’s impact, the Toffees should hit the five-game unbeaten mark. Everton 2-1 Burnley.

Watch Live: Burnley vs Arsenal (Lineups and Live Stream)

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Burnley could pull themselves out of the bottom three with a surprising win, but they have their work cut out for them as Arsenal visits Turf Moor, live on NBCSN at 12:30pm ET or live online at NBC Sports Live Extra.

The Gunners are set to be revitalized from a litany of injuries as they look to firmly grab hold of second place, currently just a point above Manchester City. They’ve been in revived form the past month or two, currently on seven straight wins in all competitions and five straight in the Premier League.

WATCH LIVE: Burnley vs Arsenal live online at NBC Sports Live Extra

Arsene Wenger will be without Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Debuchy, Abou Diaby, and Mikel Arteta for likely just this one more week, as all are back fit but are not members of today’s squad. In turn, Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey each hit appearance milestones this week, with the former making triple digits and the latter marking 150.

For Burnley, Matt Taylor is in the squad for the first time in August, on the bench having recovered from an Achilles injury. Meanwhile, Ross Wallace and Steven Reid fail to make returns from their injuries. Danny Ings starts up top for the 29th time this season despite not having scored since February 11, most recently putting in a poor performance last week in the 0-0 draw with Tottenham.

LINEUPS:

Burnley: Heaton; Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee; Boyd, Arfield, Jones, Barnes; Vokes, Ings.
Bench: Gilks, Keane, Ward, Ulvestad, Jutkiewicz, Taylor, Kightly.

Arsenal: Ospina, Bellerin, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil, Alexis, Giroud.
Bench: Szczesny, Gibbs, Chambers, Flamini, Rosicky, Walcott, Welbeck

Premier League Preview: Burnley vs. Arsenal

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  • Burnley have one win in their last 10 PL games
  • Arsenal is on their best run since March 2004
  • Giroud has scored in six-straight PL matches

Burnley welcome Arsenal to Turf Moor on Saturday (Watch live, 12:30 p.m. ET on NBC and online via Live Extra) hoping to take yet another big scalp as their quest for Premier League survival continues.

The Clarets have beaten Manchester City and Southampton at home, plus they’ve secured 0-0 draws with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in home games this season but they will be coming up against a red-hot Arsenal side who has won seven-straight games and are chasing down Chelsea at the PL’s summit. Arsene Wenger’s men will not underestimate Burnley but will be fully expecting a win in Lancashire against Sean Dyche’s side.

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Burnley could be boosted by a trio of players returning from injury with Matt Taylor, Steven Reid and Ross Wallace back in contention. Arsenal should have Mathieu Debuchy, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby back in the squad but Laurent Koscielny and Wojciech Szczesny are doubts.

What they’re saying

Dyche on how his side prepare for Arsenal: “I think it’s like all the games, you’ve got to believe in what you do and the way you work and the players have got to show that when the whistle blows. I think we’ve done pretty well with that over the course of the season and our points tally against the superpowers and the more powerful teams has been reasonable for a club coming into this division.”

Wenger on chasing down Chelsea: “It’s interesting that we are in good form and it’s interesting that we have a good team dynamic. Hopefully we can maintain that until the end of the season, then we will see where we stand. We look behind us and people are chasing us, in front of us there’s quite a big distance with Chelsea but we work very hard to reduce that. They have a difficult schedule and we have a difficult schedule. What we can only do is master our own schedule.”

Prediction

Anything other than an Arsenal win would be hugely surprising but Burnley could nick a draw if they keep things tight. However, the Gunners possess too much firepower and I’d expect Olivier Giroud, Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to rip the Clarets apart. 3-1 to Arsenal as the y will pile the pressure on PL leaders Chelsea.