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PREVIEW: Bournemouth v Burnley

Build-up as the Clarets aim for a hat-trick of wins at the Vitality Stadium

20 December 2019

The Clarets make their final journey before Christmas with a trip to the south coast and a happy hunting ground at the Vitality Stadium.

Sean Dyche’s men have won on their last two visits to Bournemouth and will face a Cherries side with just two home league victories this season under former Burnley boss Eddie Howe.

But Howe’s outfit – two places and two points behind the 12th-placed Clarets – arrested a run of five successive defeats last Saturday with a coupon-busting 1-0 win at Chelsea.

Before that, a decent start to the season saw Bournemouth claim a top-seven spot at the start of November.

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And Dyche – who followed Howe into the Turf Moor hot-seat seven years ago – knows first-hand how Premier League fortunes can fluctuate after his side ended a second three-match losing run of the season with last weekend’s rock-solid 1-0 win over Newcastle United at Turf Moor.

“Runs of form can come and go quickly. Before you know it you can go three of four deep without a win,” admitted the Burnley boss, who is looking to back up the victory over the Tynesiders with a productive festive run.

“It’s always a balance to how you’re viewing each game and also the understanding of the bigger picture of the season.

“It is likely that teams like ourselves do have some bumps in the road. One of the biggest things is how quickly you can deal with any disappointments that come your way.

“Experience helps and the balance that comes when you do win games. It doesn’t guarantee the next one. You’ve got to be realistic.

“We had a strong performance against Newcastle but that doesn’t guarantee the next one. The players are equally wise enough to know you have to keep working all the time and keep consistency high to get more points on the table.”

Team news

The Clarets are set to be without defender Ben Gibson and winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who will be stepping up his match fitness as an over-age player in the U23s.

Ashley Westwood (groin) and Chris Wood (Achilles) face late checks but Charlie Taylor and Kevin Long could return to the squad.

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The Cherries have a number of long-term absentees, including key men Nathan Ake, David Brooks and ex-Clarets winger Junior Stanislas.

They also have doubts over strikers Josh King, who injured an ankle on his comeback at Chelsea last Saturday, and Callum Wilson, while Andrew Surman picked up a knock at Stamford Bridge and fellow midfielder Harry Wilson has returned to parent club Liverpool.

Bournemouth

Form guide

The Clarets ended their three-game losing run with a 1-0 home victory against Newcastle United last Saturday to move up to 12th in the table.

Sean Dyche’s men have won just once away from home this season but have come away from Bournemouth with all three points on their last two visits.

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Bournemouth had lost five in a row before Dan Gosling’s late goal gave them a 1-0 win at Chelsea last weekend.

The Cherries have won just twice at home this season, beating Manchester United and Everton.

Opposition camp

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe: “When you win you naturally get a bounce, the players feel better about themselves, and it’s the same for the supporters who will have had a lift.

“It’s key now that we push that on and get a good result against Burnley. They’re a team that work incredibly hard, they’re a very effective team and we’re going to have make sure that we’re good.

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“We’ll need all the qualities that we showed against Chelsea, to show them again against Burnley. Burnley never give anybody an easy game, Sean Dyche has done a great job there.”

Match stats

Clarets midfielder Jack Cork is set to make his 250th Premier League appearance.

The 30-year-old, who played his first senior football in a loan spell at Bournemouth 13 years ago, will play his 102nd top-flight game for Burnley, to go with 80 for Swansea City and 68 for Southampton.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is looking for his 50th Premier League victory.

Burnley striker Chris Wood has scored three times in four top-flight games against the Cherries.

The Clarets have won four of the Premier League meetings between the two sides.

Both sides have scored six times form corners this season.

Referee

Martin Atkinson

VAR

David Coote

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Bournemouth 0 Burnley 1

Late goal from super sub Jay Rodriguez gives Clarets dramatic win

21 December 2019

It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective as Jay Rodriguez came off the bench to cap a Scrooge-like performance on the eve of Christmas with a dramatic late winner.

Super-sub Rodriguez headed home in the 89th-minute from the Clarets’ only real chance to secure a second away win of the season and give manager Sean Dyche a 50th Premier League victory.

At the other end, Dyche’s men refused to give anything away as they recorded a seventh clean sheet of the campaign – matching Leicester at the top of the shut-out charts – by refusing the opposition an effort on target for the second week running.

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And in Rodriguez they had the ideal man to deliver the perfect festive gift with his third goal of the season.

The striker had scored three times at the Vitality Stadium before, once for West Bromwich Albion and twice for Southampton.

That record hardly endeared him to the Saints’ near neighbours and Bournemouth and their supporters were left cursing Rodriguez again when he plundered the points which lifted the Clarets into the top half of the table.

Charlie Taylor - still yet to see the Clarets concede a goal when he's been on the pitch this season - had returned to the starting line-up as Burnley's only change from their win over Newcastle.

And the left-back did an impressive job of nullifying the threat of former Leeds United team-mate Lewis Cook as neither side was able to fashion an opening in a niggly first half littered with fouls which was surprisingly extended by only three minutes following head injuries to the Bournemouth pair of Simon Francis and Ryan Fraser.

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The Cherries, who had ended their own losing run with a 1-0 victory at Chelsea a week previously, replaced Cook at the break with England international Callum Wilson as pouring rain swept across the Vitality Stadium.

The conditions did little to help the quality of the football but as Bournemouth began to crank up the pressure, it was about digging in and refusing to crack for the Clarets.

The pace of Wilson and Josh King did pose a threat but with Burnley’s back four standing strong they were kept at arm's length.

A succession of corners raised hopes for the home side but again a wall of pale blue denied them to set up the Clarets' big finish.

None of the Burnley front men had been given much to feed off until a quality ball from Ashley Westwood finally unlocked the door.

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Aaron Lennon, who also made a big impact off the bench, laid the ball back to Westwood.

The midfielder swung over the perfect cross and Rodriguez climbed highest to calmly steer a downward header - via his cheek - into the bottom corner before players and fans celebrated a third successive victory on a ground they and Rodriguez both love.

Bournemouth: Ramsdale; Stacey, Francis, Mepham, Rico; Lerma, Gosling; Cook (Wilson HT), Billing (Solanke 86), Fraser; King. Substitutes: Boruc, Surman, Stanislas, Simpson, Kilkenny.

Booked: Rico, Francis

Burnley: Pope; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Hendrick (Lennon 65), Westwood, Cork, McNeil (Brady 82); Wood. Barnes (Rodriguez 74). Substitutes: Hart, Drinkwater, Pieters, Long.

Booked: Westwood, Barnes, McNeil, Hendrick

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Attendance: 10,020

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