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Perhaps the international break will be what Burnley needed to help dig themselves out of their early Premier League hole.

Mired in the drop zone, the Clarets try to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat Sunday when they visit a Wolverhampton side looking to build on their first league victory.

Burnley (0-1-3) knew juggling the Europa League with the Premier League and the other England tournaments that make up a season could be grueling this term. However, they probably didn't think things would be this rough to start the campaign. The Clarets, who have already played 10 matches between the Premier League and Europa since late July, last dropped four straight in the top-flight in April-May 2015.

Manager Sean Dyche, though, doesn't believe the situation is as dire as the table might suggest.

"When you are good you are never that good and when you are bad you are never that bad, and we have to bear that in mind," Dyche told Burnley's official website. "The players are close to something, but we have to tidy up at both ends."

Though Burnley sit below the relegation line at the moment, they can now solely focus on the Premier League after being eliminated from Europa play last month. The recent international break could not have come at a better time for a club that's managed just three league goals overall and yielded nine during their three-game slide.

"The European stuff has really run in to us and we need to hit the refresh button," veteran goalkeeper Joe Hart said. "We have to be honest and be able to look in the mirror and say it's time to start again.

"We have a great set of lads who are running on empty and a great manager who believes in us. We will work together and get the right things done. … We are going to fly out at Wolves with everything we've got and get back to what made this club successful."

Burnley's task out of the gate, though, expects to be difficult against newcomers Wolves (1-2-1), who have earned at least a point in all but one match and collected their first league victory of the campaign, 1-0 at West Ham on Sept. 1.

Adama Traore took a delivery from Leo Bonatini and promptly came through in the third minute of second-half stoppage time to earn the dramatic triumph. Traore is the fourth different Wolverhampton player to score a goal this season.

"We still have a lot to improve (on), so let's work hard," Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo told the club's official website. "We are improving even if we don't have a result, the way we manage games and establish standards. This is the way I want you to."

This will be the first time Burnley and Wolves have met since they were both in the Championship during the 2015-16 season. They drew both matches that campaign. They last met in the Premier League in 2009-10, with Wolverhampton taking both fixtures.

Updated September 14, 2018

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