Premier League: Burnley v Aston Villa

The Clarets ended Liverpool’s exceptional unbeaten home Premier League run at Anfield last week, with Ashley Barnes’ penalty securing a 1-0 win.

It was the first time Liverpool had lost at home in the top flight for more than three years, a result which ended in Jurgen Klopp’s side dropping to 4th in the table.

To compound a miserable week for the Reds’ boss, Liverpool also lost to bitterest rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup at the weekend.

For Sean Dyche, his Burnley side have shown significant improvement of late, enough to give him confidence that his team can avoid relegation this season.

Aston Villa meanwhile, have put last season’s relegation worries firmly behind them as they hunt a European finish this campaign.

Dean Smith’s men head into this game 8th in the table, but with two games in hand over the majority of the rest of the division after a recent coronavirus outbreak caused fixtures to be postponed.

Villa are looking to capitalise on their impressive season so far and will hope to have done just that with the signing of Ligue 1 midfielder Morgan Sanson.

The former Marseille man has signed a 4-and-a-half-year deal at Villa Park for an undisclosed fee – his recent arrival means he is unlikely to be involved against Burnley.

Dean Smith will also be without Wesley, who is a long-term absentee and defender Kourtney Hause will also miss out due to an ankle problem.

John McGinn is back in contention again after serving a suspension last time out.

For Burnley, Charlie Taylor and Robbie Brady are rated 50-50 to play against Villa and will likely be put through a late fitness test.

Burnley against Aston Villa is a 6pm kick off on Wednesday 27th January.

Burnley appoint new board members

Dave Checketts, who has a background in basketball, and academic Professor Antonio Davila join Pace and his ALK Capital partners Mike Smith and Stuart Hunt along with former chairman Mike Garlick and John Banaszkiewicz.

Checketts, who will officially take up his seat in the summer, was formerly president of NBA side the New York Knicks and chief executive of Madison Square Garden.

Davila is a senior academic at the business school in Barcelona where Pace gained a master’s degree in international finance and has worked as a consultant to UEFA.

Pace said: “I am delighted to welcome Dave Checketts and Antonio Davila to the board at Burnley Football Club, as we establish a strong leadership team to accelerate Burnley’s growth and continue the club’s long-term financial stability.

“Having known both individuals for many years, I know the immense value and expertise they will bring to our organisation and the wider business of Premier League football. I look forward to welcoming them to Turf Moor.”

Premier League: Burnley v Manchester United

It’s been 7 years since Manchester United last tasted league glory, with legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in charge at Old Trafford harbouring the top flight title.

Since then the closest the Red Devils have got was in 2018, and despite their second-place finish being heralded by then-boss Jose Mourinho as his greatest ever achievement, they were still some way off eventual winners Manchester City.

Now though it feels there is a bona fide title race on the cards, particularly with arch rivals and current champions Liverpool next up for United at the weekend.

Before attentions can switch to the Merseysiders, however, Burnley stand in the way of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and top spot.

The game at Turf Moor was set to be the season opener, but due to the implications of coronavirus and Manchester United’s extended 2019/20 Europa League campaign, only now has the game been able to be played after its original postponement.

Turf Moor is never an easy place to go as the old cliché goes and a chilly Tuesday in January is arguably as tough as it gets for any visiting side.

Sean Dyche’s men appear to have put their ropey beginning to the season behind them having won three of their last five matches in all competitions, and after frequenting the relegation zone before Christmas, the Clarets have managed to engineer a 5-point gap between themselves and the bottom three.

Burnley also have 2 games in hand over the majority of their closest opponents, too, barring Fulham who are also struggling and face Tottenham on Wednesday.

Manchester United made 9 changes for the visit of Watford to Old Trafford in the FA Cup on Saturday night, with Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Harry Maguire all rested – although all bar Fernandes did feature off the bench.

The much changed lineup from Solskjaer was no doubt with the next two games against Burnley and Liverpool in mind, and the Norwegian is likely to revert back to full strength at Turf Moor in order to capitalise on the opportunity to go top of the Premier League.

A plus for United is that Edinson Cavani has served his three match FA ban and is available for selection again, with it almost guaranteed that he will be amongst the matchday squad against the Clarets.

However, Solskjaer remains without Facundo Pellistri due to a positive coronavirus test, whilst Phil Jones remains injured and Marcos Rojo is still in Argentina where he spent the festive period.

Eric Bailly suffered a nasty knock to the side of the head which resulted in the defender being substituted against Watford with a sore neck – the Ivorian is a doubt for Tuesday’s game.

Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelof were all regarded as injured for the FA Cup tie with the Hornets and it remains to be seen whether they are included against Burnley.

As for the Clarets, Sean Dyche is hopeful goalkeeper Nick Pope can shake an ankle injury in time for the game – former United man Dwight McNeil is also rated touch-and-go after a recent groin problem.

Charlie Taylor, Jay Rodriguez and Kevin Long are all expected absentees for Burnley, who might recall duo Ashley Westwood and Josh Brownhill after the two were rested for the cup encounter against MK Dons at the weekend.

Burnley v Manchester United at Turf Moor is an 8.15pm kick off on Tuesday 12th January.

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 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

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

Burnley star James Tarkowski to spark January transfer bidding war

The England international missed the opening weeks of the Clarets amid constant speculation over a move to Leicester.

The Clarets dug their heels in over that, refusing to accept less than £40m for their star man.
However, as per reports from local outlet Lancashire Live, Burnley are resigned to losing the 28-year old as he enters the final year of his contract.

Tarkowski’s current deal expires in July 2022, but Burnley will be determined to avoid losing him on a free next year and could broker a deal.

The Foxes are likely to renter the race to sign him, at a reduced price, with Manchester United and West Ham also rumoured to be tracking him.

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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

Premier League: Burnley v Everton

Everton’s scintillating start to the top flight season has certainly tailed off since the international break, with the Toffees winning just once in their last 5 league games, with that victory coming against lowly Fulham.

Burnley meanwhile have had a dreadful start to the season in comparison, only picking up their first win of the campaign last month against Crystal Palace and head in to this game off the back of a 5-0 hammering by Manchester City last time out.

There are 11 points between the two sides going in to the encounter, with the Blues looking to climb in to the top 4 briefly with victory.

The Clarets occupy the relegation zone and a welcome victory for them over Everton will take Sean Dyche’s side out of the bottom three.

Burnley’s 5-0 defeat at Man City was the third consecutive time City had beaten them by that scoreline – but Dyche will be looking for consecutive home Premier League victories for the first time since October 2019 against Everton this time around.

In fact, the last time the Clarets achieved back-to-back home wins in autumn last year, the second victory of the sequence was against the Toffees.

Everton’s form is decent on the road, with Carlo Ancelotti’s side having won four of their last six matches away from home – a win against Burnley could be a crucial three points with some really tough games coming up over the festive period.

Ancelotti though will continue to be without Lucas Digne against the Clarets as he remains injured. Seamus Coleman is also still on the sidelines.

Injuries seem more of a concern for Burnley, though, where Sean Dyche is likely to once again call on Northern Ireland international Bailey Peacock-Farrell in goal after making his Premier League debut last week in place of the absent Nick Pope, who has a head injury.

Phil Bardsley and Josh Brownhill both sat out against Manchester City but are rated touch-and-go to feature against Everton, whilst Dale Stephens and Robbie Brady are less likely to play with knocks.

Burnley v Everton kicks off at 1230 at Turf Moor on Saturday 5th December.

Double contract extensions at Burnley

Clarets academy product Rodriguez, 31, returned to Turf Moor in July 2019 when he moved from West Brom, while 28-year-old Czech Republic international Vydra joined from Derby the previous summer.

Rodriguez, scorer of 11 goals in all competitions last season, said on Burnley’s website: “I’m really pleased. I’ve enjoyed my time here with a great bunch of lads and, obviously, being in my home town with my family and friends is an added bonus.

“On the football side I’m enjoying playing, want to play more and still have a lot to give. I feel fresh, fit and ready to go.”

Vydra, who has netted twice so far this term, said: “It’s really good for my family to be settled and to know that we will be here for another year.

“It’s been a successful time for the club while I’ve been here, playing in Europe and doing well in the Premier League.

“I get on well with all my team-mates here and it’s a good group to be part of. I still want to play my part and that’s something I’m aiming to keep doing.”