Burnley FC 2017/18

Sean Dyche is a hero among Burnley fans. The Clarets’ manager has twice taken the club into the Premier League and last season he worked wonders along with the rest of his coaching staff to keep them up last year.

At times, it wasn’t pretty. Burnley made Turf Moor an incredibly tough place for visiting teams but their managed to win just one game away from home all season.

 

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It’s an old truism of English football that it’s your home form that keeps you up but there’s also a little thing called second season syndrome. The calibre of competition in the Premier League is as high now than at any time and Burnley cannot bank on such another wonderful record at home this season.

Dyche and his players need to adapt and improve but it’s unclear from his signings this summer that they’ve done that. Phil Bardsley, Jack Cork and Jon Walters are all experienced Premier League players but they hardly set your pulse rating.

One of the few players who did get Burnley fans out of their seats last season was Andre Gray. He will be a big miss after moving to Watford and even though the Clarets got a big transfer fee for him, replacing a player of his class will be very tough.

There is still time to improve the squad but as the season is about to get underway, it looks very much as though Burnley will have to fight hard to avoid the drop.

Squad List

  • Tom Heaton
  • Nick Pope
  • Matthew Lowton
  • Charlie Taylor
  • James Tarkowski
  • Ben Mee
  • Stephen Ward
  • Phil Bardsley
  • Kevin Long
  • Tom Anderson
  • Jack Cork
  • Dean Marney
  • Robbie Brady
  • Jeff Hendrick
  • Steven Defour
  • Johann Berg Gudmundsson
  • Ashley Westwood
  • Fredrik Ulvestad
  • Scott Arfield
  • Sam Vokes
  • Ashley Barnes
  • Jonathan Walters
  • Daniel Agyei

Season Predictions

Let’s not beat about the bush, Burnley could be in real trouble this season. They, like every other team in the league, must be better this season than they were last and it just doesn’t look as though they’ve improved enough.

In the final reckoning Burnley’s chances of avoiding relegation will come down to their home form and their results against the other teams at the bottom.

Given that just a small drop off in their results at Turf Moor will more than likely have a huge impact on their total points tally, Burnley do look a good bet to be relegated.

Best Bets for the Season

Burnley to be relegated at 13/10 with Unibet

Burnley to finish with under 36 points at 5/4 with Bet365