Trip to Turf Moor Dyche against his former club. No favours. Solid, stolid and no nonsense. Will McNeil leave ? The usual. They have one less day of rest. Safe from relegation not challenging for Europe but it's the usual cliche offered by every manager at this time of the season. Take every game as it comes. Will the lack of a crowd help ? It won't help if we make a lethargic start and are not sharp on set pieces. We would do well to remember dominating the game earlier in the season despite Quique being in charge only to be undone by these. Team wise. Expect a similar line up to that played against Leicester. Personally I would prefer to see Pussetto on the left instead of Pereyra. He looks disinterested and unmotivated although I have not had the chance to interview him in the psychiatrists chair. We badly miss Deulofeu who can keep up with Sarr and offer a dual threat down both flanks which allows either Gerard or Ismaila more freedom. I would also bring in Pedro to come into play as an impact substitute. I think he is fully fit and rested and the weather will suit him as it will be extremely warm around 29-30 degrees Celsius even with the late kick off at 6pm. Pretty normal in the Brasileirao. If Cathcart is fit again should we split Dawson and Kabasele ? Dawson was superb and Kabasele provides the pacy foil to mop up the bits and pieces. They will be going up against Wood and Rodriguez/Barnes with Barnes off the bench I expect. A formidable duo to come up against. Once Femenia tires there is a real problem for Pearson. With sicknote Janmaat (we desperately need to find a right back or two in the transfer window if we do stay up) the solutions are not appetizing. Bring in Mariappa. Ugh. Or switch out Kabasele given his pace to bring in Cathcart. That leaves two defenders strong aerially but not the most mobile at a time when Barnes may be coming in as a substitute. Not to mention Vydra who with his pace and accuracy will be a concern. Or go to a back three with two wingbacks which might be a better solution in terms of a natural fit but necessitates formation changes which after a long period of inaction is not eminently suitable either. Given the conditions, the lack of match fitness the players need to be mindful of not wasting passes and chances and to adopt a countering strategy. Sarr is the main outlet but Pussetto can be a useful one too. I know many think he is not up to par despite him having barely played but in his time with Huracan and his first season at Udinese you can see he has ability and quality. He will offer more defensively too. It may boil down to simply who can conserve their stamina over the duration of the match and the timing of the substitutions. Therefore seeing Cleverly on the bench was welcome (and he put it about against the Foxes) but I think Quina with his energy and lack of fear should also be brought in with Pedro. Drop Mariappa out completely and put Pereyra on the bench and see his attitude. If it is more of the same just leave him out. We cannot afford to carry passengers. Despite his quality if a player is not prepared to make the effort, if I were the manager I would take a less gifted player in his stead but one who is prepared to scrap for everything. Fingers crossed the staff have also paid attention to reids.