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

Burnley battle out 1-1 Premier League draw with Everton

Sean Dyche’s side couldn’t live with City at the Etihad, but Robbie Brady’s early goal secured a battling point for the Clarets.

Burnley have been slow starters this season, however, Brady’s fine strike edged them in front after just two minutes.

Allan’s poor pass in midfield was seized on by the Irishman and he fired a superb effort beyond Jordan Pickford.

However, despite the early setback, the Blues reacted positively, as Carlo Ancelotti’s team dominated the first 45.

Clarets keeper Nick Pope enhanced his growing reputation as he produced brilliant stops to deny Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.

But, with the visitors firmly in the ascendancy, man of the moment Calvert-Lewin tucked home his 11th league goal of the campaign.

Allan made up for his earlier error with a surging run into the box, he found Richarlison in space, and Calvert-Lewin bravely slid home the Brazilian’s cross.

Everton did pick up where they left off after the break, as Pope pulled off another vital save to keep out James Rodriguez’s swirling effort.

Burnley looked to bed in for the draw in the closing stages, as Everton struggled to engineer a clear breakthrough.

But it was Dyche’s side that almost snatched a winner in the final minutes but Pickford reacted brilliantly to deny Chris
Wood.

Full Time at Turf Moor it’s Burnley 1 Everton 1

Burnley 1-0 Crystal Palace: Turf Moor a happy place again as Clarets grab first win of Premier League season

The Eagles’ performance on the night suggested they were a side that lacked a cutting edge in Wilfried Zaha’s absence.

Palace manager Roy Hodgson revealed Zaha had been ruled out of the Turf Moor trip after testing positive for coronavirus and although they created enough chances to claim a point, it was clear they missed their talisman.

The decisive moment of the game came as early as the eighth minute when Wood found the back of the net after being put through by strike partner Jay Rodriguez, making his first league start in two months, as the Clarets won 1-0.

Burnley came into this fixture as the division’s lowest scorers and this was only their fourth goal in eight matches – and first in five games – but it was enough to move them out of the relegation zone.

Johann Berg Gudmundsson clattered the crossbar on his 100th Premier League appearance, which meant Burnley were hanging on as full-time approached.

But Nick Pope saved brilliantly from Michy Batshuayi – Zaha’s replacement – and substitute Christian Benteke in the second half to ensure the Clarets claimed their first league win since July 18.

Pope was called into action inside the first 90 seconds, his palms stung by Nathaniel Clyne’s effort from distance but Burnley then ended their long goalless stretch, scoring at home for the first time in the league this season.

Gudmundsson directed a hopeful ball towards the area but off-balance Palace defender Cheikhou Kouyate headed into the path of Rodriguez, whose clever backheel allowed Wood to steal in and slot home.

Palace responded well to going behind with Batshuayi making life difficult for the hosts, only just failing to get a final touch when the ball was rolled along the six-yard area by James McArthur.

After Burnley’s defenders sat back Batshuayi’s shot only just missed Pope’s right hand post while the goalkeeper had to be alert as he tipped over a curling and dipping effort from distance from Andros Townsend.

Pope’s opposite number Vicente Guaita was perhaps a touch fortunate a mistimed punch from an innocuous Dwight McNeil corner did not end up in the back of the net as the Clarets ended the half firmly on top.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche was left fuming on the touchline after a clumsy challenge by Kouyate prevented Rodriguez going clean through and went unpunished, but replays showed the coming together took place just outside the area.

It was nevertheless an encouraging start to the second half for Burnley and Gudmundsson should have doubled their lead when McNeil picked out his team-mate in plenty of space but a first-time effort cannoned back off the crossbar.

They were given a major let-off on the hour as an errant McNeil backpass put Batshuayi one-on-one with Pope, who was off his line quickly and was helped by the on-loan Chelsea striker scuffing his shot straight at him.

It was becoming an end-to-end affair and Guaita did brilliantly to palm away a Wood header after Kouyate had been unable to intercept an Ashley Westwood dink into the area.

As the game headed into added-on time, Benteke was denied from point-blank range by a left arm from a spread-eagled Pope and the Palace substitute then spurned another opportunity after taking a bad touch when put through.

That allowed James Tarkowski to nip in and snuff out the danger, enabling Burnley to celebrate an overdue victory.

Premier League Preview: Burnley v Crystal Palace

Sean Dyche’s side are without a Premier League win so far, but two draws from their last four games gives hope a result in this one.

Dyche does have some key names coming back from injury, with Jack Cork, Phil Bardsley and Charlie Taylor all back fit.

Cork is likely to be the only change for the Clarets however, with Robbie Brady set to drop out after a busy week away with Ireland.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson is also set for limited changes, after the Eagles impressed with a 4-1 win over Leeds last time out.

Eberechi Eze has passed a fitness test and should start again, with Gary Cahill and James McCarthy also pushing for a starting return in Lancashire.

And it’s a 5.30pm kick off at Turf Moor on Monday night.

Future sustainability of Burnley at the heart of Clarets takeover talks

The Clarets are reportedly in talks with Egyptian businessman Mohamed El Kashashy and lawyer Chris Farnell, while American consortium ALK Capital have also been linked with a takeover at Turf Moor.

Manager Sean Dyche has made clear his frustration with the lack of investment in the playing squad over recent seasons but the club sought to reassure supporters over their plans.

A statement on burnleyfootballclub.com read:

“Regarding various comments in the media, Burnley Football Club confirms that the club’s ownership remain in discussions with interested parties regarding future investment in the club.

“In full respect of ongoing processes, the club will not be providing any further commentary on this matter until those discussions have reached a conclusion.

“The club wishes to assure supporters and the local community that the future of Burnley Football Club remains the primary concern in these issues, with any potential investment needing to support the club’s long-term sustainability and retain its position as a cornerstone of the local community.”

Burnley have made a poor start to the Premier League season and remain without a win after seven games.

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

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

Premier League Preview: Burnley v Tottenham

The Clarets are yet to win in the Premier League this season and Sean Dyche is battling against a constant injury crisis.

Key trio Ben Mee, Jack Cork and Phil Bardsley all remain sidelined through injury but Matt Lowton and Erik Pieters could make the squad.

Spurs have been one of the Premier League’s most exciting sides in recent weeks but Mourinho will be unhappy with their defensive record.

His side surrendered a three-goal lead against West Ham last weekend and the Portuguese boss is set to make changes.

Eric Dier will come into the side if he passes a late fitness test and Gareth Bale looks certain to make his first Spurs start since 2013.

And it’s set for a late night in Lancashire with an 8pm kick off at Turf Moor.

Premier League Preview: West Brom v Burnley

Slaven Bilic’s side are edging it in terms of current form with one point from four games against the Clarets four match losing streak.

The Baggies will be boosted by some important returns for this one, with Kieran Gibbs back from suspension and Ahmed Hegazy and Conor Gallagher back fit.

However, with Hal Robson-Kanu sidelined with a broken arm and Callum Robinson isolating after international duty, meaning Bilic will be without a regular No.9 option.

Sean Dyche has his own injury worries ahead of this one with four first team stars laid low with injury.

But the struggling visitors should be boosted by the returns of Jay Rodriguez and Johan Gudmundsson after Dyche confirmed they have both returned to training this week.

And kick off is Monday night 5.30pm at The Hawthorns.

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.

Dyche: Tarkowski’s Burnley Future To Be Decided By Board

Speculation regarding the England defender’s future at Turf Moor has been rife in recent weeks, with West Ham and Leicester City reportedly interested in the centre back’s signature.

West Ham have bid twice for Tarkowski’s services, in bids believed to be worth up to £31m, with the Clarets rejecting both offers to date.

However, with the clock ticking down until the end of the transfer window, Tarkowski could yet be on his way out of the club, despite the wishes of manager Sean Dyche to keep him at Burnley.

Speaking after last weekend’s defeat to Southampton, Dyche said of Tarkowski’s future:

“It will be a board decision, I certainly want to keep him make no mistake.

“He is a very important player here and I feel it is very important that we keep him.”

Leicester is still very much a possibility, with reports claiming they too have offered £30m for the 27-year-old.

Brendan Rodgers is currently chasing Saint-Etienne defender Wesley Fofana and may swoop for Tarkowski if that deal doesn’t come off.

According to newspaper the Daily Mail, Burnley are only prepared to entertain offers for the defender closer to £40m, with £37m said to be the magic number.

Premier League still the key focus for Burnley says manager Sean Dyche

The Clarets face fellow top-flight opposition in Sheffield United in the second round of the Carabao Cup on Thursday but that will not influence Dyche’s thinking.

His priority has always been to keep the club in the Premier League and, while Dyche would like a cup run, securing a sixth successive season among the elite is his main focus.

“I’ve made it clear all along, the Premier League remains the highest level of concern. We want to keep going in the Premier League,” he said.

“We have tried to take cup competitions seriously but we’ve not always delivered in the cup competitions.

“But I’ve never lost sight of the real challenge and that is continuing what we are doing in the Premier League.

“It’s a fact business-wise, the kudos of Burnley being in the Premier League is a bigger kudos and of course the finance involved.”

Part of Dyche’s problem is that he has a small squad to work with having lost senior players like Jeff Hendrick, Aaron Lennon and Joe Hart when their contracts expired in the summer and is still without the experienced trio of Ben Mee, Ashley Ward and Jack Cork who are working their way back from injury.

As a result he is likely to include a number of the club’s under-23s in his squad.

“We only have so many players for a start so my thinking is not maybe as open as other clubs,” he added.

“I think we’ve got a very good group here. Although it’s low in numbers, we’ve still got some very good players.

“We think they are motivated, we want them to go into this game motivated and any changes will still be designed to win the game.

“We have enough healthy respect for every team, especially in the Premier League, but no matter what the competition, we know we have to give a performance.”