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PREVIEW: AFC Bournemouth v Burnley

Tale of the tape as the Clarets head to the Vitality Stadium

6 April 2019

The Clarets head to the south coast looking to add to their points’ tally and edge nearer to Premier League safety.

Last weekend’s win over in-form Wolves opened up a five-point gap above the bottom three.

And with Cardiff City, currently occupying the last ‘available’ relegation place, not playing this weekend, there is an opportunity for Burnley to extend that advantage ahead of the Bluebirds’ visit to Turf Moor next Saturday.

With Brighton playing their FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City on Saturday evening, a point at the Vitality Stadium would take Sean Dyche’s men above the Seagulls.

The Clarets went sixth in the table by winning at Bournemouth last season

Southampton – who host Liverpool on Friday night – and Newcastle United, who host Crystal Palace on Saturday, are also catchable should the Clarets make it back-to-back wins following the victory over Wolves.

But despite the permutations elsewhere, Dyche insists the focus is purely on Burnley and what they do at Bournemouth, who have been out of sorts lately under former Clarets’ boss Eddie Howe.

The Cherries – beaten 4-0 at Turf Moor last September – should have enough on the board already to extend their top-flight stay thanks to a tally of 38 points.

But Howe was disappointed with their performance in a 2-0 defeat at Leicester City last weekend and a repeat of last season’s success at Bournemouth would put the Clarets just two points behind their hosts with five games to play.

“Eddie will want to put points the board and will want his team to play well,” said Dyche.

“So do we and we’re showing very strong signs of that since the turn-around at Christmas and we have to keep doing it.

“It’s ‘broken record time’. That’s the challenge; keep performing as we have been performing.

“Twenty-one points from 13 games is strong form. We are in good shape that way, but we’ve got to carry on with those standards.”

Team news

The Clarets will be without striker Peter Crouch, who is recovering from an appendix operation.

Aaron Lennon is progressing well in training but not yet nearing a return.

Bournemouth will check on defenders Charlie Daniel (ankle) and Adam Smith (hamstring).

Former Burnley winger Junior Stanislas could be ready to start after returning from a near two-month absence as a substitute in last weekend’s defeat at Leicester City.

Form guide

The Clarets got back in the winner’s enclosure against high-flying Wolves a week ago following four straight defeats to edge closer towards Premier League safety.

A 2-1 win at Bournemouth last season came in a purple patch of six wins in eight games in the run-up towards Christmas as Sean Dyche’s men laid the foundation for their top-seven finish.

The Cherries – beaten 4-0 at Turf Moor last September – are currently 12th in the table, but just five points better off than Burnley.

Eddie Howe’s side has won just one of their last eight games (away to bottom club Huddersfield Town) and haven’t won at the Vitality Stadium since back-to-back victories over West Ham and Chelsea at the end of January.

Following an impressive start to the season, Bournemouth have won just five league games since October as they look to guarantee a fifth successive season of top-flight football.

Opposition camp

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe: “Last week, I think we fell below that (the standards we are capable of) and, in front of our own supporters, we can’t afford to not deliver.

“It’s very clear we have to give our absolute best, give everything to the game and hope that will be enough to get us the result.

“We’re very keen to perform tomorrow for a whole host of different reasons, the main thing being that last week we felt we were disappointed with what we delivered.

“But the lads have trained very well this week, there has been a good response to the disappointment and we’re very keen to try to put last week right.”

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Clarets' defender Ben Mee is set to make the 300th club appearance of his career by extending his ever-present record this season. 

The Clarets have won three of the five Premier League meetings between the sides.

Victory would give Burnley a first double over the Cherries since 1999/2000.

Dwight McNeil is aiming to become the first teenager to score in three successive Premier League games since Romelu Lukaka in 2012/2013.

Referee

Martin Atkinson

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REPORT: AFC Bournemouth 1 Burnley 3

Superb performance brings three vital points in push for Premier League safety

6 April 2019

With impeccable timing, the Clarets produced one of their best away-days of the season to move eight points clear of the relegation places.

Goals from the deadly duo of Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes – either side of a first goal from open play for the Clarets from Ashley Westwood – saw Burnley come from behind to secure a fourth win on the road this season.

Sean Dyche’s side also became the first Burnley team to complete the double over the Cherries since the 1999/2000 season.

But more importantly, they made it back-to-back victories to climb to 14th place in the table and put themselves within touching distance of Premier League safety.

Eddie Howe’s side had been beaten just four times at the Vitality Stadium this season and not lost at home to any side outside the top six.

But Bournemouth had no answer to a Burnley performance which over-powered them in every area with two goals in three first-half minutes setting up the fightback fittingly capped in the second half by Barnes – who scored at both ends and typified the desire not to finish on the losing side.

It wasn’t a great start from the Clarets as Bournemouth, without a home win since January, went ahead inside the opening five minutes.

A free-kick from Ryan Fraser was flicked into the danger area by Jefferson Lerma and as Barnes went to challenge Nathan Ake, it was the Burnley striker who headed into his own net.

The Clarets’ response couldn’t have been better, however, as they quickly turned things around, despite appeals for a penalty when Ben Mee – a tower of strength on the 300th appearance of his club career – fell on deaf ears after he was pushed in the back from a Dwight McNeil corner.

McNeil was a constant threat down the left flank in front of Charlie Taylor and when Taylor forced a corner, Westwood’s in-swinging delivery cut out goalkeeper Asmir Begovic for Wood to head in at the far post to repeat the goal he scored here last term and make it 11 for the season.

And within two minutes Burnley - with Matt Lowton making his 100th league start for the club in place of the injured Phil Bardsley - were ahead to leave the Cherries shell-shocked.

Again McNeil was involved, his low cross drawing a poor clearance from Chris Mepham who presented a shooting chance for Westwood the midfielder gratefully accepted with a confident side-footed finish to cap a magnificent individual performance.

Burnley were the better side as they rattled the hosts with some slick football, although Callum Wilson missed a great chance to level when he headed a cross from the dangerous David Brooks over the bar.

The bigger threat continued to come from the Clarets, though, as they continued to unsettle a Bournemouth side that looked a bag of nerves on the back of a run that has brought them just five league wins since October.

And 11 minutes into the second half Dyche’s men increased their lead following an error from Begovic.

Great persistence from Taylor saw the full-back swing over a cross which the keeper fumbled under pressure from Wood, who had the coolness to pounce on the loose ball and pick out strike partner Barnes to thump home a side-foot finish to move into double figures in the Premier League for the first time.

With a two-goal cushion and the Clarets back four refusing to give an inch the outcome was never in doubt.

And Wilson’s missed chance in injury time ensured none of the gloss was removed from an outstanding display which emphatically underlined the Clarets’ top-flight credentials.  

Bournemouth: Begovic; Clyne (Rico HT), Ake, Mepham, Smith; Brooks, Lerma (Stanislas 70), Gosling (Solanke 59), Fraser; King, Wilson. Substitutes: Boruc, Mousset, Ibe, Simpson.

Booked: Clyne, Smith

Burnley: Heaton; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick (Gudmundsson 82), Westwood, Cork, McNeil; Wood, Barnes. Substitutes: Hart, Brady, Gibson, Ward, Vydra, Long.

Booked: Hendrick, Barnes, Mee

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Attendance: 10,446

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