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PREVIEW: Burnley v Bournemouth

Build-up to the visit of Bournemouth as Saturday football returns to Turf Moor

22 September 2018

The Clarets play on a Saturday for the first time this season when they face fast-starting Bournemouth at Turf Moor.

While the fifth-placed Cherries are enjoying their best start to the Premier League, Burnley are still to hit top gear and currently occupy bottom place with just one point from five games.

But it’s still early days and there has been plenty done at the Barnfield Training Centre this week to kick-start a recovery and get Burnley back to their best.

The staff and players have been working on and off the pitch to try and make sure last Sunday’s display in a 1-0 defeat at Wolves was a watershed moment.

And boss Sean Dyche hopes those efforts will pay off as he looks to see his players return to the kind of performances that have been the hallmark of their progress for the best part of five years.

“It’s about us focusing on the next job in hand, which is Bournemouth – and they are a good side, who have had a very good start to the season - and correcting our performance levels first,” said Dyche.

“Of course, you want to win, however that comes, because that’s important.

“But generally speaking, I like to think you win it by earning the right to win it because then you’ve got something to build on.

“We can’t build on last Sunday, without a doubt. I called that straight after the game.

“But we look to put back in place and remind the players off all the good stuff they have done many, many times previous to that.”

Team news

Former Clarets forward Junior Stanislas returned from a knee injury in mid-week with a run-out and a goal in an 8-1 Hampshire Senior Cup win over Eastleigh.

Junior Stanislas made 101 appearances for the Clarets in a three-year spell

However, it remains to be seen if a first outing since March is enough to get back into the squad for the trip to Turf Moor.

Left-back Charlie Daniels is a doubt following a knee injury which has kept him for two games, while teenage midfielder Kyle Taylor is out with a calf problem.

The Clarets are likely to have the same group available, with Steven Defour and Robbie Brady still needing more game-time before returning to contention and Ben Gibson recovering from minor hernia surgery.

Form guide

The Cherries have won three and drawn one of their opening five Premier League games.

Winger Ryan Fraser is Bournemouth's leading scorer with four goals

Their only defeat to date came at Chelsea in their last away game.

Bournemouth’s return of 10 points from their first five games is their best since their promotion winning season in League Two in 2009/10.

The Clarets are aiming to avoid a fifth successive Premier League defeat for the first time and secure a first league win of the season.

Opposition camp

Despite contrasting starts to the season for the two clubs, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe is expecting a testing return to Turf Moor.

Howe – who was succeeded as Burnley boss by Sean Dyche in October, 2012, said: “It has been a good start, there is no denying that. We're happy with what we've done and delivered, but there is more to come. Individuals can do even better.

“We have to go into every game and prove we're worthy of our start. We're always looking to push the team to the next step.

“When Burnley function well as a team they're very hard to beat. It's always special to go back to your former club.

“In terms of results Burnley haven't had the best start, but in terms of performances I think they've been good. This will be a very tough game.”

Match stats

Sean Dyche and Eddie Howe are the longest serving managers in the Premier League and both have led their respective teams 119 times in the Premier League.

The Cherries have only won once before at Turf Moor – a 2-1 victory on the final day of last season.

The Clarets won the reverse fixture by the same scoreline with goals from Chris Wood and Robbie Brady.

Bournemouth have kept only one clean sheet in 14 away games in the Premier League.


Anthony Taylor


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