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Preview: Burnley v Swansea City

12 August 2016



The Clarets open their Premier League campaign with the visit of Swansea City to Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon.


After winning the Sky Bet Championship title, Sean Dyche’s side are looking to extend an impressive run that has seen them lose just once, to Arsenal in the FA Cup, during 2016.


Such form has continued into pre-season and the 1-1 with La Liga side Real Sociedad saw them complete their warm-up fixtures unbeaten, with Andre Gray making it nine goals in six outings.


Icelandic international Johan Berg Gudmundsson got his first taste of Turf Moor in that game and he will hoping for a starting berth for the visit of the Swans.


In the opposition camp, Swansea City are likely to provide a stern test having ended the 2015/16 campaign on a high under Francesco Guidolin.

 


Despite losing skipper Ashley Williams and Andre Ayew in the past week to Everton and West Ham United respectively, they have brought in Spanish international striker Fernando Llorente and Borja Baston to add firepower.


Borja arrives for a club-record fee from Atletico Madrid having enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Eibar last season where he netted 18 goals in 36 appearances but Guidolin has already indicated that he will not be involved this weekend.


The Swans rounded off their pre-season with a 1-0 victory over Stade Rennais at the Liberty Stadium thanks to substitute Jay Fulton’s strike.




Burnley 0-1 Swansea

Saturday 28th February 2015

Premier League

Goal: Heaton (64’ og)


Swansea 1-0 Burnley

Saturday 23rd August 2014

Premier League

Goal: Nathan Dyer (23)


Burnley 2-1 Swansea

Saturday 16th April 2011

Championship

Goals: Williams (57’ og), Eagles (pen 77’); Borini (53’)




Burnley wins: 17


Draws: 13


Swansea wins: 14




Sean Dyche said: “It’s not just about the team, it’s about the whole town and the club moving forward yet again into the Premier League so I think everyone is excited and there will be a great buzz around the stadium.


“Swansea have got a lot of recognised Premier League players so they certainly know how it works and we’re expecting them to be a decent side as they showed at the end of last season.


“To be honest, every side in the Premier League are worthy of being in there and we know we have to perform and be on our game.


“Last season counts for nothing now, it’s parked and now it’s the Premier League which is a challenge we take on gladly.”


Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin told swanseacity.net: “It’s important to start well in our first game, but it’s important for our opponents as well. We have to be ready because Burnley have just been promoted and they are strong and compact.


“I said to my players – remember last year two promoted teams, Watford and Bournemouth, had good seasons.


“This season we have to be humble and modest. We have to understand our mistakes from last season to do well this season.


“One mistake, for example, was that last season we were first in the table for set-piece goals conceded. This is one thing we have to improve, and there are others.”






Fernando Llorente arrives in Wales boasting a hugely impressive CV on both the international and domestic scene.


Capped 24 times by Spain, Llorente has won the FIFA World Cup and the European Championships as well as lifting two Serie A titles with Juventus.


The 6ft 5” forward netted 27 goals in 91 appearances for Juve before moving back to his homeland to join Sevilla last summer.


He scored seven times for the La Liga outfit and picked up a Europa League winners medal when they beat Liverpool 3-1 in May.




Sean Dyche expects that Stephen Ward will recover from a hamstring injury in time for Saturday’s opener.


The Republic of Ireland international full-back has trained well this week and is likely to be available for selection.


New signing Jon Flanagan continues to gel with the group and get fitter and sharper while Ashley Barnes is unlikely to feature despite good progress.




Referee Jon Moss will take charge of our opening Premier League fixture against Swansea City at Turf Moor on Saturday 13th August (3pm kick-off).


The West Yorkshire official was the man in the middle on 33 occasions, issuing 97 yellow cards and 7 red cards in the process.


Moss officiated his last Clarets fixture when we sealed promotion with a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers thanks to Sam Vokes’ header.


Mr Moss will be assisted by Mr M McDonough, Mr A Halliday and fourth official Anthony Taylor.


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