Burnley will be relegated if West Ham beat Wigan on Saturday and they lose to Liverpool on Sunday.

Brian Laws must do something he has only done once since his January arrival – lead Burnley to a Premier League win at Turf Moor.

The Clarets have been woeful under Laws – a manager who looks more and more out of his depth each defeat Burnley suffer.

Only a win against Liverpool, who find themselves with nothing to play for apart from Europa League glory, will give Laws and his men any hope of survival.

Even victory would surely just delay the inevitable, with no guarantee that three wins from three will be enough to save Burnley at this late stage.

At least Laws will be able to call upon the services of David Nugent, the on-loan Portsmouth striker who will surely not be returning to Turf Moor next season.

Nugent is back after a hamstring injury kept him out of last week’s pathetic 2-1 loss at Sunderland, while Clarke Carlisle and Steven Caldwell – the partnership who led Burnley to a string of clean sheets at the back end of last season – will both be hoping for recalls after another unconvincing display from Leon Cort and Michael Duff.

Meanwhile, after his indiscretion at half-time in Burnley embarrassing thrashing at the hands of Manchester City, Kevin McDonald can hope to be brought back into the side after total no-shows from Wade Elliott and Chris Eagles last week.

Robbie Blake, having had an immediate impact from the bench last week, must surely be recalled, while there is also a case for handing a start to Steven Thompson, who has done well in recent weeks.

Burnley certainly have more forward options than the visitors, who are once more without superstar Fernando Torres, who was this week linked with a summer transfer to City.

With Torres nursing yet another injury, David N’Gog will get the chance to prove the fans wrong who have written him off as a no-hoper.

Dirk Kuyt may be pushed up alongside him if Rafa Benitez – who has bad memories of his last trip to Turf Moor, when Steve Cotterill’s side dumped Liverpool out of the FA Cup despite failing to muster a shot on goal – decides to be more adventurous than his usual style.

Aquilani will continue in midfield as the former Roma man tried to justify the huge fee Liverpool paid for him last summer, hoping he would prove to be an able replacement for the departed Xabi Alonso.

Burnley may sense weakness in the heart of the Liverpool defence, where the fading talent of Jamie Carragher will be partnered by the hapless Greek Sotirios Kyrgiakos.

However, Alan Hutton undid Burnley last weekend and in Glen Johnson, Liverpool possess a vastly superior right-back than Sunderland.

The match is already a sell-out according to Burnley Football Club.

The Clarets can only hope the full ground does not see them bow out of the Premier League with two matches still to play.

However, even with Liverpool missing Torres and with Steven Gerrard well out of form, you would expect the Reds to have enough to sneak past a Burnley side who are bereft of confidence despite beating relegation rivals Hull 4-1 just a fortnight ago.

Burnley usually score, so Clarets fans can expect them to get on the scoresheet. However, they almost always concede more.

Prediction: Burnley 1-2 Liverpool.

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