Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Burnley were on the verge of suffering a loss to Aberdeen at Pittodrie Stadium in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round, but Sam Vokes eventually scored the equalizer for the Clarets and the helped them move one step closer to booking their place in round 3. The Premier League side have been impressive at their Turf Moor last season and it is no surprise they are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match. Goalkeeper Nick Pope suffered an injury in the 1-1 draw with Aberdeen and there is every chance former Man Utd shot-stopper Anders Lindegaard will start this time out. Aberdeen often struggle on the travels in European competitions and, taking everything into account, home win should be considered. New Zealand attacker Chris Wood is likely to lead the line for the hosts against the Scottish side in the return leg.
Highlighted Player (Tom Heaton):
Tom Heaton is a goalkeeper who was born on 15 April, 1986 in Chester, England. Heaton played for Manchester United during his youth career, but he did not make a first-team debut for the Old Trafford outfit. During his period at Manchester United he played for several lower-league clubs on loan (Swindon Town, Royal Antwerp, Cardiff City, QPR, Rochdale, Wycombe Wanderers).
After ending his loan spell with Wycombe Wanderers in 2010, the goalkeeper signed a contract with Cardiff City. After making 29 appearances for Bristol City in the Championship, he joined Burnley in 2013. He played for the Clarets in the 2014/2015 Premier League campaign, but he did not help the team avoid relegation to the English second tier.
However, Tom Heaton and his teammates returned to the top flight at the end of the 2015/2016 campaign. Heaton made his England debut in a warm-up game against Australia in 2016 as the Three Lions recorded a 2-1 win over the Socceroos, while he was also a member of the squad that represented the country at the Euro 2016 finals.
Highlighted Team (Burnley):
Burnley were one of the founding members of the Football League back in 1888. The Clarets did remarkably well to win the FA Cup trophy back in 1914 and the club owners have been trying to bring glory days back to Turf Moor ever since.
Burnley defeated Liverpool in the 1913/1914 FA Cup final and, no doubt, this is regarded as the greatest achievement in the club’s history. The Clarets finished the 2015/2016 Championship campaign in top position in the standings and, as a result, they will participate in the English Premier League in the 2016/2017 season.
Burnley play their home games at Turf Moor and the capacity of the stadium is 21,401. The Clarets have won two Community Shield trophies so far, in 1960 and 1973, but they have yet to clinch the Premier League title. Claret is the dominant colour of the team’s home shirts.