Burnley deepen Sheffield United’s misery with 1-0 Turf Moor win

Chris Wilder’s miserable run stretches on into the New Year but the Clarets find themselves cruising away from the drop zone.

Burnley have forged a well-earned reputation of being tough to crack at home, and they were on the front foot early on, as Ashley Barnes tested Aaron Ramsdale.

And with Dyche’s team firmly on top in the first half, skipper Ben Mee nodded them in front before the break.

The Blades tried to make a fist of it after the restart, with David McGoldrick bringing a smart reflex stop from Nick Pope.

But the expected United onslaught never really materialised as they limped to another disappointing defeat.

Full Time at Turf Moor it’s Burnley 1 Sheffield United 0

Premier League Preview: Leeds United v Burnley

The Whites were smashed 6-2 by Manchester United last time out and the Argentinian coach was livid in his post-match press conference.

His players are likely to have been in for extra sessions over the Christmas period but Bielsa is famously loyal to his players and most should keep their place.

Skipper Liam Cooper will have a late test on a knee problem with Spanish international Diego Llorente set to return and partner him at the back.

And for visitors Burnley, Sean Dyche’s side returned to winning ways against Wolves last time out and he will stick to the tried and trusted in Yorkshire.

Robbie Brady has shaken off a knock in time to travel with Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood back in business up top.

And it’s a 12pm start on December 27th at Elland Road

Burnley scrap out 2-1 Premier League win over Wolves

And on a cold wet night in Lancashire there was only ever going to be one winner as Sean Dyche’s Clarets grabbed a vital 2-1 win over Wolves.

It wasn’t pretty, but Dyche as his players couldn’t care less, as goals from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood moved them out of the relegation zone.

Both teams exchanged a few half chances in the opening stages as Barnes tested Rui Patricio and Nick Pope gobbled up Pedro Neto’s drive.

But despite failing to really create much in the final third, Burnley always looked to have the edge and Barnes deservedly put in front before the break.

Charlie Taylor’s lung busting run down the left wasn’t tracked by Wolves and he hung in a cross for the bustling Barnes to power home.

Burnley certainly looked the fresher of the two sides after the break, as Josh Brownhill cracked one off the post, and Wood eventually made it 2-0.

Once again it was classic Burnley, as Wolves failed to win a second ball inside the box, and the New Zealander reacted quickest to smash past Patricio.

Nuno Santo threw on Adama Traore and Fabio Silva to inject some life into his side and the Spanish Mr Universe immediately tested Pope.

But with Burnley digging in in the final minutes, Wolves were handed a lifeline, as Silva netted his first Premier League goal from the penalty spot.

However, in the cold and the rain it was Dyche’s war dogs that held out.

Full Time at Turf Moor it’s Burnley 2 Wolves 1

Premier League Preview: Burnley v Wolves

Nuno Santo’s side secured an impressive 2-1 win over Chelsea last time out and the Portuguese boss is only set to make minor changes.

Influential midfielder Leander Dendoncker was forced off against the Blues and Santo is unlikely to risk the Belgian for this one, with Joao Moutinho set to come back into the starting team.

But there is more positive news on centre back Willy Boly, after he passed a fitness test and will keep his place with Adama Traore pushing for a starting comeback.

And for the home side, Burnley have been back to their stubborn best in the last month with Sean Dyche’s side picking up five points from three games in December.

And true to form, the experienced boss has stuck with same starting XI in each of those games and he will stick with tried and trusted against Wolves with Ashley Barnes and Erik Pieters staying on the bench.

And kick off is all set for 5.30pm at Turf Moor

Premier League Preview: Arsenal v Burnley

The Gunners have won just once in Premier League action in two months and Mikel Arteta is in desperate of a positive result against the Clarets.

The Spaniard rested the bulk of his stars for their Europa League win over Dundalk in midweek with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Bukayo Saka and Hector Bellerin returning.

But he will still be without the suspended Nicolas Pepe for this one, with Thomas Partey and David Luiz both facing late fitness tests.

For the visitors, manager Sean Dyche is a creature of habit, and he could name an unchanged team from their draw at Everton last week.

Robbie Brady has shaken off a dead leg in time to travel with Ashley Barnes the only potential change for Dyche.

Kick Off is 7.15pm on Sunday night at the Emirates Stadium

Chelsea outclass Burnley in 3-0 Premier League win at Turf Moor

The Blues have lost just once this season but goals from Hakim Ziyech, Kurt Zouma and Timo Werner mean they end a run of draws as Burnley’s struggles continue.

The Clarets were the brighter of the two sides in the opening stages as Ashley Barnes wasted a brilliant early chance.

But that proved to be a brief flicker of positivity for Sean Dyche’s team as Nick Pope was quickly called into action to deny Tammy Abraham.

And with the Blues upping the pressure on Dyche’s out of form side, Ziyech netted his first Premier League goal on 27 minutes.

Abraham’s neat pass found him in space inside the box and his deflected strike flew past Pope.

Despite Burnley showing some signs of life after the break their lack of cutting edge meant Chelsea were able to wrestle back control.

But despite Burnley working hard to plug the gaps as Chelsea poured forward, a simple corner found Zouma in space at the back post and he powered a header past Pope.

That goal drained the life from Burnley as a ruthless Chelsea counter attack exposed them for a third goal.

Reece James’ ball forward released Ziyech and he played in Werner to fire home.

Chelsea created chances for a fourth in the final minutes but in the end, it was to be three goals and three points for Lampard.

Full Time at Turf Moor it’s Burnley 0 Chelsea 3

Mike Ashley calls for PPV price drop

The Premier League are charging £14.95 per game for all non-televised games, which has not gone down well with fans across the country, many of whom are choosing to donate to local food charities rather than pay the price to watch their team.

In a statement on Newcastle’s official website, Ashley called on the Premier League to lower the cost to £4.95 until Christmas, with profit split between the Premier League and the football pyramid below the top flight.

Ashley also explained that when the proposal was put to a vote earlier this year, Newcastle did vote for the agreement, but only because there were no realistic or any viable alternatives put forward by the governing body.

Of all the strange things to happen in 2020, Mike Ashley being the football fans voice of reason might just top everything.

Spurs pick up hard fought win against Burnley at Turf Moor (Burnley 0-1 Tottenham)

Normal service has been resumed this weekend it was no different as Tottenham earned a hard fought win against Burnley at Turf Moor.

It wasn’t easy or pretty but Jose Mourinho will be the happier of two managers after a win which sees his team up to fifth whilst Sean Dyche will have another week of sleepless nights having failed to build on the single point his team have picked up so far this season.

It was Son Heung-min who continued his fantastic start to the season and secured the win for Tottenham just moments after Harry Kane had cleared off his own line to deny Burnley defender James Tarkowski. The England captain then contributed at the other end of the pitch providing the assist for Son who grabbed his 8th Premier League goal of the season.

Despite the prolific pairing of Kane and Son however Spurs failed to register a single shot on target in the first half with Tottenham’s possession coming to nothing in the face of a classically stoic Burnley defence.

It was the Clarets who thought they had struck first on the 38th minute when Ashley Barnes had the ball in the net but he had strayed a couple of yards offside ruling out not only the goal but the games first meaningful chance.

Ashley Westwood and Joan Berg Gudmundsson did force Hugo Lloris into low saves but in reality neither was a real test for the Frenchman and it wasn’t until the last 20 mins that the game burst into life.

Tarkowski rose highest to meet Westwood’s corner but Harry Kane headed off the line to deny Burnley a certain goal then, moments later, Son hesitated after going through, allowing Kevin Long to track back and get a last-ditch tackle in.

But the South Korean would not be denied for a second time after substitute Erik Lamela’s corner was flicked on by Kane towards the back post, where Son was waiting to direct his header expertly into the top corner.

Burnley remain in the relegation zone, Spurs get their first clean sheet of the seasons and Gareth Bale is still waiting for his first start.

Full-Time: Burnley 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Burnley benefit from Premier League break

Fitness is of paramount importance to manager Sean Dyche, who already has a lean squad to choose from – let alone when you factor in injuries.

The Clarets haven’t enjoyed a positive start to the new season either, losing all three of their Premier League fixtures so far.

With the away trip to West Brom next up, Dyche will know the importance of registering the first points of the season against a side who have also struggled so far.

The international break may have inadvertently handed Burnley a better opportunity to do that, with players using the gap in the schedule to boost fitness levels.

New signing Dale Stephens has looked off the pace since his arrival from Brighton on a 2-year deal last month, but 2 weeks of training will no doubt have sharpened him up ahead of the trip to the Hawthorns.

Ashley Barnes didn’t feature for Burnley throughout Project Restart as he recovered from surgery, but now the striker is back in training and made his comeback against Newcastle last time out. Along will fellow forward Jay Rodriguez, Barnes will be using the two-week break to get back up to speed.

Perhaps the biggest boost for Burnley on the injury front comes at the back.

The Clarets have conceded 8 goals in their opening 3 games, so a return to training for skipper Ben Mee and James Tarkowski will no doubt be a huge positive – although it remains to be seen if they will be fit enough to take on the Baggies this weekend.