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Dyche to hand Drinkwater Burnley bow

Loan star: Danny Drinkwater
Loan star: Danny Drinkwater

By Steve Simpson

Danny Drinkwater is set to make his Burnley debut in tonight's Carabao Cup clash with Sunderland as Sean Dyche plans a raft of changes.

Drinkwater is yet to appear after joining on loan from Chelsea the day before the transfer window closed this month.

Dyche has fielded the same starting XI in all three Premier League games to date, but with Liverpool up next, he will offer some of the fringe players a chance to stake their claim.

But Dyche insisted rotation did not have to mean a weakening of the side that has taken four points from the first three Premier League games.

"I think it's the most balanced and competitive group I've had here," he said. "When I look at the rounded side of the squad - and the fact we have minimal injuries at the moment - I think they are players that are capable.

"I will be changing the side. There's no reason not to when you think of the quality of the players that will come in.

"But there's no other thought than winning the game - absolutely none. We want to win as many as we can. We know the feeling from last year when it didn't go our way and that's not a good feeling."

Nick Pope can expect a night off, but Dyche must decide whether to start Joe Hart or give Northern Ireland ace Bailey Peacock-Farrell a debut in goal.

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