The bottom two sides in the Premier League meet at Turf Moor today in the very definition of a relegation six-pointer.

However, with Portsmouth entering administration yesterday their relegation is all but certain and defeat today would virtually seal their demise.

Burnley, on the other hand, are coming into an appealing run of fixtures that will define their season. With their next four home games against teams in the bottom half of the league, a string of positive results can give the Lancastrians an excellent chance of survival in their first year in the top flight since the 1970s.

The Clarets may be boosted by the return of Graham Alexander after the veteran midfielder has missed a month of action with a calf strain. But Chris McCann is still unavailable as he continues his recovery from knee problems.

David Nugent is not able to play against his parent club so Martin Paterson, after scoring his first Premier League goal in the 5-2 thrashing at Aston Villa last week, may come into the starting line-up.

Jack Cork will keep his place in the midfield after an impressive debut at Villa Park.

In yet another difficult week for Portsmouth there is more bad news with leading scorer Frederic Piquionne set to miss the game through injury. However, Icelandic left-back Hermann Hreidarsson, one of the goalscorers in Pompey’s 2-0 win over the Clarets earlier this season, will play through the pain of an achilles injury.

Anthony van den Borre may also miss out but Tal Ben Haim and Aaron Mokoena could make their returns to the squad.

It really is a must win match for Burnley, who have only won once since October. However, the Clarets have only lost twice at home all season and will be confident of getting back to winning ways against the division’s crisis club.

With all Portsmouth’s problems, it’s hard to foresee anything other than a home win.

Prediction: Burnley 2-1 Portsmouth.