Written by billythekid
After the defeat away to Chelsea and the international break, the Cherries were home against Leicester City. The result a 4-2 win for AFCB, the highest score of the season so far at Dean Court. This was a change from the usual low scoring games against the Foxes. The next trip is up North to Lancashire to face Burnley on Saturday.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche is the second longest serving manager in the Premier League after our own Eddie Howe. In October they will both have been at their clubs for six years. Eddie Howe joined the Cherries for the second time 18 days before Sean Dyche took over the vacant job at Burnley when Eddie Howe left.
In the Summer Burnley made three signings. Defender Ben Gibson signed from Middlesbrough for £15 million, this equals the record they paid Leeds last season for striker Chris Wood. The second signing was the experienced England international goalkeeper Joe Hart for £3.5 million. Their final signing was from the Championship club Derby County, Czech Republic striker Matej Vydra, who was leading scorer in the Championship last season, signed for an undisclosed fee.
Burnley finished in 7th place last season and this earned them a place in the Europa League qualifying rounds. They beat both Aberdeen and Istanbul Basaksehir to reach the play-offs. They lost to Olympiakos. This has been Burnley’s worst start to a season in the top-flight for many years. They picked up a point away at Southampton in their first game of the Premier League season in a 0-0 draw. In their first home game, Watford took all the points in a 1-3 win. Their last game in August Burnley travelled to London to meet Fulham, they went home having lost again, this time 4-2. The next game was back home, the visitors another side from not far away in Lancashire, Manchester United. United took all 3 points in a 0-2 win.
Their most recent game was away to Wolverhampton Wanderers, this game was shown live on Sky. Wolves won 1-0, but the score didn’t give a true account of the game, the score should have been higher, but good defending (especially the saves from Hart) and poor finishing from Wolves kept the score to 1-0. In that game, Wolves had 30 shots, 7 on target, Burnley 7 shots, 2 on target. Watching Wolves with their pressing style reminded me of our side in some ways.
Last season at home, Burnley Won 7, Drawn 5, Lost 7. They scored 16 and conceded 17. This season at home so far they have P 2, Won 0, Drawn 0, Lost 2. They have scored 1 and conceded 5. Sean Dyche will be looking for his first win of the season Saturday, let’s hope we can repeat last season’s result.
Burnley have lost their last 3 home matches (inc. last season). Away, AFCB have Won 2 and lost 1 (inc. last season).
If you didn’t know there is a pub named after Sean Dyche, The Royal Dyche. It was named after him because of Burnley qualifying for Europe. It opened in June.
Burnley have never won the League Cup, otherwise, they have won every major competition in English football.
The last time we played Burnley was the last game of last season with the Cherries coming away with a 1-2 victory, their first win at Turf Moor in all competitions. Chris Wood opened the scoring in the first half, Josh King equalised for AFCB and in injury time Callum Wilson scored the winner.
In the Premier League against Burnley at Turf Moor, in the 2016-17 season, we lost 3-2. At Dean Court, AFCB won 2-1. Last season 2017-18 away we won 1-2, at Dean Court we lost 1-2. In all league games at Turf Moor AFCB have Won 1, Drawn 6, Lost 5. In all competitions, AFCB have Won 6, Drawn 11, Lost 11.
Burnley Team News
On the injury front, they have a few players out. Steven Defour is close to a first-team return, he played an hour in an Under 23’s game. Robbie Brady expected back in October, been out with a hamstring injury. Nick Pope is out with a dislocated shoulder. Ben Gibson groin injury also out.
Burnley Player To Watch
Their strikers so far have drawn blanks. Chris Wood scored in both games against us last season. Dyche may give a full debut Matej Vydra to add some bite to their attack. Johann Berg Gudmundsson hasn’t shown the form from last season so far. Will go for Vydra.
AFCB Team News
Junior Stanislas is on his way to a full return. Charlie Daniels is the only doubt with a knee injury.
AFCB Player To Watch
Probably the most obvious choice is Ryan Fraser, who has been ‘on fire’ at home terrorising defences. He is our leading scorer in the league with 3 goals, also joint with Callum Wilson with 2 assists. Callum Wilson has been looking good in games, alongside his strike partner Josh King. So against Burnley the ‘three musketeers’, could all play an important part against a so far below par Burnley.