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Will AFCB Get Their First Victory At Turf Moor?

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Written by billythekid

At last, we witnessed another Cherries victory without conceding any goals and making a fourth season in the Premier League an absolute certainty after beating Swansea City who are fighting relegation after their home defeat to Saints. The last win was at Dean Court back in March against West Brom and after Tuesday’s night result at Swansea has seen them relegated.

This coming weekend the Cherries travel up to the only other club Eddie Howe has managed Burnley, who for the size of population (87,500 in 2016) must be one of the top supported clubs in the country (average gate this season 20,687). Sean Dyche who was installed as manager there shortly after Eddie returned to his ‘home’ town club AFCB, has done a good job and he has seen his side qualify for the Europa League next season. Burnley will finish in their present 7th place whatever the result of this game and the Cherries could slightly improve on their 12th position in the Premier League table, but otherwise, there is nothing at stake in this game. This is a ground where the Cherries have never won.

The Premier League season is nearly finished, but with the World Cup coming up, the football season for 2018-19 won’t be that far away! Looking back over our season our best months for results were November were we won 2, drew 1 and lost 1. January was probably the standout month, starting with a 2-2 draw at Brighton. Then games against three London clubs, beating Arsenal 2-1, drawing at West Ham 1-1, then finishing off the month by beating Chelsea 0-3.

In the January transfer window, Burnley signed winger Aaron Lennon from Everton for an undisclosed fee. Their other signing was Georges Kevin-N’Koudou another winger from Spurs on loan, Lennon also played for Spurs before his move to Everton.

January at Turf Moor in their home games, Burnley had a bad start losing 1-2 against Liverpool and 0-1 against Manchester United. February they drew with the other Manchester club, City 1-1 and also 1-1 against Southampton. March, only one home game where they beat Everton 2-1. April they beat Leicester City 2-1, lost 1-2 against Chelsea and drew 0-0 with Brighton. In their away games, in January they lost 1-0 to Crystal Palace, drew 1-1 against Newcastle United. February they lost 1-0 against Swansea City. March won both games, beating West Ham 0-3 and West Brom 1-2. April Burnley beat Watford 1-2 and drew with Stoke City 1-1. May they were thrashed at Arsenal in Arsene Wenger’s last home game 5-0.

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. This season 2017-18 at Dean Court we lost 1-2. In all league games at Turf Moor AFCB have drawn 6 and lost 5. In all competitions, AFCB have won 5, drawn 11 and lost 11.

Burnley Team News
Both their leading scorers are a doubt for this game. Chris Wood is a slight doubt with a foot injury he picked up at the end of April. Ashley Barnes is a major doubt from a shoulder/collarbone injury from his last game against Arsenal. Other players out injured are Ben Mee with a shin injury, he may be available for the weekend. Scott Arfield has been out since February with a calf strain. Steven Defour has been out since January with a cartilage knee injury and Robert Brady out since last December with a knee injury.

Burnley Player To Watch
Johann Berg Gudmundsson the Icelandic winger, scored 2 goals, but more importantly, his 8 assists have helped Burnley this season.

AFCB Team News
Harry Arter has an Achilles injury but could be available and Adam Smith said he thinks it will be too soon to return for the last game of the season after being out with a MCL knee ligament injury. Junior Stanislas is out until next season with a knee injury.

AFCB Player To Watch
Hoping to see Ryan Fraser in his attacking role, this is where he is at his best for us and causes problems for defenders.

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