Hello and welcome to coverage of the opening match of what promises to be a busy Sunday in English football.
Wolves host Burnley at Molineux with the away side not out of relegation danger.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche has stabilised the club in the top-flight over the last few years, but the former centre-back admitted the scope for taking them further under the previous regime was limited by financial constraints.
A new hierarchy is in situ, led by chairman Alan Pace, following Burnley’s takeover at the start of the year and Dyche is encouraged by their plans, even if he accepts there will be no overnight transformation.
“There is maybe a different viewpoint now, but (staying in the Premier League) certainly has been (regarded as a success) and that was my remit over the last few years,” Dyche said.
“I think it’s fair to say you can tell by the funding that was put in that they weren’t really trying to stretch the club to try to build. It was more a case of, ‘Can we stay in there? If we can, that’s great news’.
“Now, I’ll wait and see, but certainly the noise Alan Pace and his team are all offering (is) the idea of attempting to move things forward. The reason I say attempting is because it’s small steps.
“It’s very difficult when you’re a club like Burnley to make huge strides in one go. We’ve all seen clubs that have attempted to do that and it doesn’t always work out.
“There are clubs who have had new owners or backers who have put in £100million straight off the bat and it just hasn’t worked. I think the correct thing to do is slowly add on, keep layering up and try to move forwards.”
Meanwhile, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has urged his side to take advantage of the “unique” Adama Traore as the Portuguese targets a strong finish to the Premier League season.
Traore has struggled to recapture the form of last term during what has been a difficult campaign for Wolves after two seventh-placed finishes.
But the powerful Spain winger made telling contributions in the 1-0 victories over Fulham and Sheffield United, scoring the winner at Craven Cottage before setting up Willian Jose’s first goal for the club against the Blades.
“Since Adama joined us, I didn’t see one day he didn’t give his best,” Nuno said.
“Sometimes things don’t work out, sometimes it’s not only him, it’s about us as a team. What we have is a very talented player, a unique player in the world, that we have to take advantage of.
“He’s been able to reproduce all the things we expect in these games – goals, assists, impact on the game, work ethic. So Sunday he’s again going to have a chance to prove himself and show to everybody that he’s unique.”