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BT Sport's Premier League 2017/18 season preview: Burnley

Everything you need to know about Burnley ahead of the 2017/18 Premier League season on BT Sport.

FOOTBALL 09/08/17 14:16
Burnley

Last season: 16th

It was a case of mission accomplished last season as Burnley secured Premier League survival for the first time after suffering relegation in both of their previous two campaigns in the top flight.

Manager Sean Dyche can take a great deal of credit for the way his side, the majority of whom won promotion with him the year before, approached last season and the club showed that is not always necessary to invest heavily to be able to compete.

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Last season’s success was built upon strong home form and it will be vital Turf Moor remains a fortress if they are to repeat the trick this time around, especially as they won just once on their travels last term.

In many ways, however, the second season can be just as tough and the loss of England defender Michael Keane to Everton is undoubtedly a blow.

New arrivals Jon Walters and Jack Cork will take the sting out of that deal and Dyche will be keen to bring one or two more through the door before the window shuts at the end of the month.

Glass half full: Jon Walters and Jack Cork look like sensible signings while Dyche will make sure there is no complacency from the squad despite last season’s highs.

Glass half empty: The loss of Michael Keane is a major blow and the club will be in trouble if they can’t improve their dismal away form. Andre Gray has been linked with a move away and expect clubs to come calling again before the window shuts.

New kids on the block: Jon Walters – Stoke City, Charlie Taylor – Leeds, Jack Cork – Swansea.

Left the building: Michael Keane – Everton, Michael Kightly – Southend, Joey Barton – released, George Green – released, Christian Hill – released, Taofiq Olmowewe – released, Josh Ginnelly – Lincoln (loan), George Boyd – Sheffield Wednesday, Brad Jackson – Southport (loan), Ntumba Massanka – Wrexham (loan) Rouwen Henning – Fortuna Dusseldorf, Paul Robinson – retired.

The gaffer: Sean Dyche – The ‘Ginger Mourinho’ is a walking advert that sacking your manager isn’t always the answer to adversity. Having won promotion to the Premier League in 2014, Dyche’s Clarets battled hard but fell just short in their survival bid the following season. Many chairman would have felt the need to make a change but the club stuck with their man and were repaid as Dyche took Burnley straight back up and, having learnt from his first experience of the top flight, masterminded last season’s survival.

Star man: Sam Vokes – The Wales international finished last season as Burnley’s top scorer and his goals will be vital as the club aim to repeat their survival trick this time around.

One to watch: Jack Cork – The former Chelsea youngster arrived in Burnley this summer after two seasons with Swansea. A reported fee of £10million represents a significant investment for the club and Dyche will be hoping the 28-year-old can add a little gloss to the Clarets midfield.

First five games: Chelsea (A), West Brom (H), Tottenham Hotspur (A), Crystal Palace (H), Liverpool (A).

Betting preview

Premier League Title Odds: 1500/1

Top Four Odds: 500/1

Relegation Odds: 5/4

Top Goalscorer Odds: Andre Gray 5/4

Star Bet: Burnley won more home games than Manchester United last season and turned Turf Moor into the proverbial fortress. Their away form needs some work if they’re to stay in the top flight and they’ll be leaning on Andre Gray (nine goals last year) and Sam Vokes (10 last season) to keep them afloat. Gray’s mid-season suspension hampered his hopes of finishing the season as the club’s top goalscorer last year but he should top that chart this time round. Brave readers might even take an each-way stab at him for Premier League top goalscorer at 150/1. Top Burnley League Goalscorer – Andre Gray 5/4
 

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