Liverpool v Burnley statistical preview: Rodgers' men dominate in every area

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A look at how Liverpool statistically compare to Wednesday's visitors Burnley over the last six games.

Liverpool v Burnley: Head to Head: Statistical comparison of last six Premier League games: 20150304

Liverpool will be looking to continue their fine recent form tonight when Burnley visit Merseyside for a Premier League clash which is crucial for both teams.

After a slow first half of the campaign, Liverpool have really kicked on in the second half of the season, and have won eight of the last ten games - drawing the other two.

Manager Brendan Rodgers deserves huge praise considering that he switched to an untested 3-4-3 system midway through the season, and it's worked wonders so far.

Meanwhile, Burnley are without a win in their last six games, and are in desperate need of points having slipped to 19th in the Premier League table.

They face a daunting task tonight, traveling to Anfield to take on Liverpool - so what do the stats tell us about the last six games for both teams?

Worryingly for Burnley, they're averaging just one goal a game over the last six matches, compared to Liverpool who are scoring almost two a game, with more shots on goal and more shots on target too - so the Clarets will obviously have to keep the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling quiet if they are to get anything out of the game.

Liverpool will expect to have plenty of the ball at home, and they have been passing well in recent games, with 80% pass completion compared to just 70% from Burnley. Sean Dyche's men will need to keep the ball better than that if they are to stifle Liverpool, but know they will have to sit back and watch Liverpool for long spells of the game.

Defensively, both teams put a fair amount of tackles in per game, and Burnley need to keep the pressure on Liverpool given that Manchester City afforded them far too much space in Sunday's 2-1 defeat, so closing down and shackling Coutinho and Sterling has to be at the forefront of Dyche's game plan.

Finally, what was previously seen as a wobbly Liverpool defence has certainly solidified in recent weeks, with four clean sheets compared to none for Burnley.

All the stats point in the direction of a Liverpool victory - but after Burnley stole a point at Chelsea last month, you can never write off Dyche's Clarets.

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