Burnley into the FA Cup Fourth Round after MK Dons penalty shootout win

The Clarets needed a 94th minute strike from Matej Vydra before the steadiness from the spot secured a place in the last 32.

Sean Dyche’s side were comfortably the better team in the first 45, but despite carving out chance after chance, Dons keeper Lee Nicholls proved a one-man barrier.

And with Burnley banging on the door with no luck before the break, the visitors took full advantage as Cameron Jerome nodded past Will Norris.

That setback seemed to dent Burnley’s confidence after the restart with Robbie Brady’s drive their best effort.

But despite looking set for an FA Cup giant killing, the cup gods were shine on Dyche for once, as substitute Vydra tapped in Joel Mumbongo’s free kick.

However, the Czech international almost reversed his good work in extra time as he wasted two brilliant chances and missed in the shoot out.

But Burnley keeper Norris got him out of jail with two crucial penalty stops to send Dyche’s team through.

Full Time at Turf Moor after 90 minutes it was Burnley 1 MK Dons 1 with the Clarets edging out a 4-3 win on penalties.

Sean Dyche faces more injury worries ahead of Fulham game

Burnley welcome Fulham to Turf Moor for their first game under new ownership in the early kick-off on Sunday.

And with the transfer window open, Sean Dyche will probably be showing his news bosses the lengthy list of Clarets players out of action again, to which previously ever-present Charlie Taylor was added after tweaking his hamstring against Sheffield United. Also in doubt for this game are McNeil, Vydra, Rodriguez, Gudmundsson, and Jack Cork.

Things look a little better for a Fulham side who come into the game on the back of positive covid tests. Their match was called off less than three hours before kick-off after an outbreak of coronavirus in the Cottagers camp, and Mourinho has said he felt the handling of the situation was “unprofessional.”

Parker has revealed he is unsure if his side’s next match against Burnley on Sunday will go ahead after the Covid-19 outbreak and, after having already made one late adjustment this week, he admits he can see why Mourinho was frustrated, as was he himself.

Should as we hope the game goes ahead, then Fulham will have both Mario Lemina and Ivan Cavalero available for selection.

And if it does the odds are highly in favour of the game ending in a draw – Burnley haven’t lost this fixture since 1951 and Fulham come into the game having drawn their last 4 league matches.

The Game kicks off at midday on Sunday the 3rd January.

Burnley’s new owners pledge to back Sean Dyche

ALK Capital have completed their takeover of the Clarets, acquiring a controlling 84 per cent stake in the club, after the deal was approved and ratified by the Premier League.

Pace, who succeeds Mike Garlick as chairman, revealed ALK had been “very, very big fans” of Dyche “for some time” – and stand ready to give the green light to fresh investment in the squad during the January transfer window.

Garlick, who had held just less than 50 per cent of the club’s shares, will remain on the board of directors and felt the deal represented a “natural progression” for Burnley.

Commenting on the possibility of adding to his injury-reduced squad, and speaking before confirmation of ALK’s completed takeover, manager Sean Dyche had been somewhat cautious.

“If there are things in the market we think we can align, we will,” he said. “If there’s not, we’ll keep operating with the group we’ve got.”

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: Burnley vs Sheffield United

The blades have endured a record-breaking-ly poor start to the season, becoming the first team to ever reach boxing day without a win.

If Chris Wilder’s side needed proof that a fast turn-around was possible, he’ll only have to look across the dugout.

Sean Dyche’s men have propelled their season in to gear and jumped out of relegation places after picking up 8 of their 13 points this season in their last 5 games.

The Burnley boss does have injury problems, however, with Matej Vydra, Jack Cork and Johann Berg Gudmundsson all expected to remain sidelined for Tuesday’s home game against Sheffield United.

Dwight McNeil (groin) and Robbie Brady (hamstring) also missed out at Elland Road, but both wingers could return to contention.

The visitors also have some availability issues, with three forwards all potentially missing the tie.

Oliver Burke departed midway through their Boxing Day match against Everton, while neither Lys Mousett or Oli McBurnie are at full fitness, claims Wilder.

The game is a 18:00 pm kick-off on Tuesdsay 29th December.

Premier League: Burnley vs Sheffield United

The blades have endured a record-breaking-ly poor start to the season, becoming the first team to ever reach boxing day without a win.

If Chris Wilder’s side needed proof that a fast turn-around was possible, he’ll only have to look across the dugout.

Sean Dyche’s men have propelled their season in to gear and jumped out of relegation places after picking up 8 of their 13 points this season in their last 5 games.

The Burnley boss does have injury problems, however, with Matej Vydra, Jack Cork and Johann Berg Gudmundsson all expected to remain sidelined for Tuesday’s home game against Sheffield United.

Dwight McNeil (groin) and Robbie Brady (hamstring) also missed out at Elland Road, but both wingers could return to contention.

The visitors also have some availability issues, with three forwards all potentially missing the tie.

Oliver Burke departed midway through their Boxing Day match against Everton, while neither Lys Mousett or Oli McBurnie are at full fitness, claims Wilder.

The game is a 18:00 pm kick-off on Tuesdsay 29th December.

Leeds United edge out 1-0 win over Burnley

The Whites were shell shocked at Old Trafford but an early penalty from Patrick Bamford edged out all three points against the Clarets.

Marcelo Bielsa’s team returned to form with a high energy start as Bamford put them ahead after five minutes.

Burnley keeper Nick Pope clattered into him inside the box and the former Chelsea man continued his impressive start to Premier League life and smashed home from the spot.

The hosts continued to dominate from there on as Rodrigo Moreno tested Pope and the England keeper produced an instinctive stop from Jack Harrison.

Sean Dyche’s side did haul themselves into it after the restart with Matt Lowton and Ashley Westwood testing Illan Meslier.

Leeds looked comfortable to bed in the closing stages and eek out the win but Dyche’s side missed a golden chance to nick a point.

Leeds completely failed to clear their lines as Westwood’s cross wormed its way to Jay Rodriguez, but the Burnley fans favourite could only lash over the bar.

Full Time at Elland Road it’s Leeds United 1 Burnley 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: Aston Villa v Burnley

The last time Dean Smith’s side won in front of the Holte End was when Liverpool were humbled 7-2, with a trio of home losses following that historic result.

Brighton, Southampton and Leeds have all beaten Villa since then, but Smith will be hopeful that struggling Burnley will gift him an early Christmas present when the sides kick-off.

It’s probably not the best time to play the Clarets though, as Sean Dyche’s side are buzzing from beating Arsenal on Sunday and have renewed optimism ahead of what looks like being a relegation fight this season.

Sunday’s three points at Wolves did come at a price for Villa, as both Douglas Luiz and Matty Cash will be missing through suspension. Cash picked up his fifth booking of the season, while the Brazilian midfielder was shown a red card for two bookable offences.

There’s better news in the shape of Ross Barkley’s potential return to the squad though, as the England midfielder continues to recover from a hamstring injury. Smith confirmed he will be looked at on the day of the game before a decision is made on his fitness.

Tom Heaton could return to the squad for the first time this season after recovering from a bad ACL injury, but Wesley needs more time after a similar injury and won’t be involved.

Burnley’s tight-knit squad is in good health at the minute, with the Clarets’ form improving since the influential trio of James Tarkowski, Nick Pope and Ben Mee have all been available.

Midfielders Jack Cork and Johan Berg Gudmundsson have been struggling with injuries, but along with Dale Stephens and Phil Bardsley, came through an under-23 game on Monday fine and could make the squad.

Dyche is unlikely to make too many changes to the side that beat Arsenal on Sunday night, with Ashley Westwood and Josh Brownhill continuing in central midfield after the former recovered from an attempted chokeslam by Granit Xhaka.

Aston Villa take on Burnley on Thursday, December 17th. Kick-off is at 6pm.

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