Newcastle v Burnley :Dyche readying changes for Newcastle tie

2021-08-25 15:42:18 2119

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has revealed changes are likely for Wednesday's EFL Cup trip to Newcastle, but insists he is full of "respect" for the competition.

Burnley have lost their opening two Premier League games against Brighton and Liverpool and travel to Tyneside hoping to restore some confidence.

But with a number of first-team players sidelined through injury and a visit from Leeds taking place on Sunday, Dyche is set to ring the changes.

Midfielder Ashley Westwood and striker Matej Vydra both missed Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield through injury and need more recovery time.

However, Kevin Long and Dale Stephens are set to return and Dyche has revealed there may be opportunities for others who have not featured heavily in the first two fixtures.

Speaking to Burnley's official website, the Clarets boss said: "It's likely there will be some changes.

"We never thought anything other than we've got a tough start - on paper that is. All managers; you want to field a team you believe can win."

The Lancashire club are seeking a spot in round three for the fourth time in five years, but Dyche says the Premier League is the number one target.

"We have never not shown any importance of the cup competitions. We have always had respect for them", Dyche added.

"It's just a simple reality and I have said every season that I've been here that the main priority is the league."