Burnley travel to Sunderland knowing a win will keep their faint survival hopes alive.

The Clarets looked dead and buried but a 4-1 win at Hull last time out has given the club fresh optimism.

Brian Laws is likely to name the same starting eleven that played in that shock result, with skipper Steven Caldwell missing out on a return to action against his former club.

The only absentee for Burnley is Chris McCann, who increasingly looks unlikely to return to action this season after being rushed back too quickly and aggravating a knee problem that has kept him out for much of the campaign.

Sunderland have question marks over midfield dynamoes Lorik Cana and Lee Cattermole, with the Englishman seeming to have missed the chance to be fit enough for the game.

Cana has more of a chance, but young bucks David Meyler and Jordan Henderson are waiting in the wings to come in if neither makes it.

Henderson could get the nod on the right side of midfield if Cana is passed fit.

The Black Cats also miss Fraizer Campbell, who has finally begun to justify his inflated £5m fee in recent weeks.

However, in Darren Bent they have one of the most formidable strikers in the country and if Burnley are to get anything from the game they must restrict his chances.

Kenwyne Jones’ power and strength will pose a different challenge for the Burnley back line, who will have to be at their best to repel a Sunderland attack that has impressed at home all season.

Given the host’s sturdy home record and the fact their main striker cost more than the entire Burnley squad, predicting anything other than a home win seems folly.

However, stranger things have happened and they do say away wins are like London buses.

You wait forever for one and then two come along at once…

Prediction: Sunderland 2-2 Burnley.

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