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Clarets Welcome Espanyol To Town

Final pre-season friendly against La Liga side at Turf Moor.

6 June 2018

The Clarets will close their pre-season programme with an attractive home friendly against Spanish top-flight side Espanyol.

Sean Dyche’s men will face the Barcelona-based club at Turf Moor on Sunday, 5 August (kick-off 1.30pm).

The game follows the second leg of the Clarets’ Europa League second qualifying round tie and comes a week before the start of the Premier League season.

Espanyol, four-time Copa del Rey winners and twice-Uefa Cup finalists who finished 11th in La Liga last season, will come to Burnley with a new man in charge following the appointment of Joan Francesc Ferrer as head coach.

Barcelona-born ‘Rubi’ (above) returns to the club where he coached the ‘B’ team a decade ago, having led Huesca to promotion to Spain’s top division for the first time in their history last season.

The 48-year-old, who also previously managed Girona, Valladolid and Levante and worked on the coaching staff at Barcelona, replaces former Watford boss Enrique Sanchez Flores, who left the ‘Budgerigars’ in April.

The game against Espanyol will be Burnley’s second pre-season friendly against top-flight European opposition following a visit from French club Montpellier a week earlier.

The Clarets could then be involved in a third qualifying round tie of the Europa League four days later, with the Premier League season scheduled to start on the weekend commencing Saturday, 11 August.

Premier League fixtures will be released on Thursday, 14 June, with the Europa League draw for first and second qualifying round draws involving Burnley taking place in Nyon, Switzerland on Wednesday, 20 June.

Pre-season schedule

Friday, 13 July; Cork City (away), kick-off 7pm.

Friday, 20 July; Macclesfield Town (away) and Curzon Ashton (away), both kick-off 7.45pm.

Monday, 23 July; Preston North End (away), kick-off 7.45pm.

Thursday, 26 July; Europa League 2nd qualifying round, first leg.

Sunday, 29July; Montpellier (home), kick-off 1.30pm.

Thursday, 2August; Europa League 2nd qualifying round, second leg.

Sunday, 5 August; Espanyol (home) kick-off 1.30pm.

Thursday, 9 August; Europa League 3rd qualifying round, first leg (subject to winning in 2nd round).

Saturday, 11 August: Start of Premier League season.

Thursday, 16 August; Europa League 3rd qualifying round, second leg (subject to winning in 2nd round).

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