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Dyche: We Want To Finish With A Win

12 May 2018

The Clarets host Bournemouth on the final day of their remarkable Premier League season.

Sunday's game (KO 3pm) will be the Clarets’ first at Turf Moor since securing European football and Sean Dyche wants to end the season in style for the fans.
 
“They’ve backed the team so I want to finish off properly,” said Dyche, whose side is guaranteed a seventh-place finish.
 
“I would imagine there will certainly be a positive atmosphere and it gives the players a chance to sign off in the correct fashion.
 
“We want the players to enjoy the game.
 
“We’ve done very well all season. There was a substantial blip last week at Arsenal. It was the first time our players had nothing to play for in that sense.
 
"Now there is something to play for in a different sense. Last home game. Fantastic fan base. We want to finish with a win.
 
“We expect a good performance. We want a good performance. We want the players to go and take on the game.”
 
While the result will have no bearing on the Clarets’ league position, the Cherries could finish in the top half of the table for a second consecutive season if they avoid defeat at Turf Moor. 
 
And Dyche was full of praise for Sunday’s opponents, in particular their manager – and former Burnley boss – Eddie Howe.
 
“I’ve got total respect for Eddie, his staff and his players. I think they’ve done a terrific job,” Dyche added.
 
“There’s some good players and he continues to get the best out of [them].
 
“This season has been a tougher season with a few more ups and downs along the way.
 
 
The Clarets won 2-1 at Bournemouth in November
 
“I think he’s been waiting for the players they’ve signed last season to mature and improve and I think it’s paid him back.  
 
“From a manager’s point of view, this is one of his strongest seasons.”
 
The Cherries
 
Bournemouth have secured Premier League football for a fourth season and Eddie Howe says that Burnley are a good model of how to improve. 
 
“I think that is something we would definitely look at in terms of how they’ve achieved the success that they’ve had,” said the former Clarets' boss.
 
“They’ve had an outstanding season. I think their players, their manager and everyone connected with the club deserve a lot of credit for a very consistent campaign. 
 
“They started the season very well with some great results against the big teams and they’ve managed to carry that momentum through.”
 
 
Team News
 
Ben Mee is still not ready to return for the Clarets and Ashley Barnes will miss the game with a shoulder injury. 
 
Scott Arfield and Dean Marney may play a part in what will be their final games for the Clarets.
 
Bournemouth are without Harry Arter, Adam Smith and former Claret Junior Stanislas.
 
 
Match stats
 
Burnley are looking to secure their first league double over Bournemouth since 1999-00, when they were in the third tier.
 
Bournemouth have never won in 14 visits to Burnley in all competitions (D6 L8). Only trips to Southampton match that for a winless record.
 
Burnley have made a league-low 33 changes to their starting XI in the Premier League this season, while Bournemouth have used fewer different players than any other side (21).
 
Bournemouth have won just one of their last 12 away league games (3-0 at Chelsea in January), drawing six and losing five.
 
Referee
 
Paul Tierney

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