Nick Pope expected to return at Wolves, but will Burnley boss Sean Dyche stick with a lone striker or reunite Chris Wood with Matej Vydra?

Nick Pope has “every chance of being fit” for Sunday’s trip to Molineux.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 10:19 am
Updated Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 10:20 am
Chris Wood and Josh Brownhill

And Sean Dyche’s other selection headache will centre around whether to continue with Chris Wood as a sole striker, with Josh Brownhill off the front, or reunite Wood with Matej Vydra, in a partnership that delivered six goals in five games between them.

Vydra made way at Manchester United, as Jack Cork came into the midfield, to allow Brownhill to play as a number 10, and despite a 3-1 defeat, Burnley looked more balanced.

Dyche explained: “The change really was because they overload the midfield so much, Pogba isn’t a left winger, but comes off the left, they get the full backs really high and wide, so unusually for me, because I like to play with two strikers, but I just felt it was right.

“So we did feel that we would need that extra man in there and I was pretty pleased with that and thought it worked well, I was pleased with a lot of the performance.

“Woody and Browny got the pressing shape really well, and that affected the whole team’s defensive performance, which was really good.

“We have changed it before, as you know, with Jeff (Hendrick), and I thought it worked well, I was pleased with a lot of the performance.

"Woody's hold up play was good, he was aggressive to win headers and keep the ball from coming back, and Browny was very good, he ran all over the place to affect the game."

And on Pope, he added: “We had to make a judgement call, and we think he has every chance of being fit.”