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OPPOSITION IN FOCUS: BURNLEY

3 June 2018

Paul Hazlewood
Burnley in action against the Seagulls at the Amex Stadium in December.

Our rundown of Brighton & Hove Albion’s Premier League opposition for the 2018/19 campaign continues with Burnley.

Burnley

League Position 2017/18: 7th

Top league goalscorer: Chris Wood (10) 

How did they do last season?

A memorable campaign for the Clarets saw them secure their highest-ever Premier League finish and Europa League football – a competition which they will enter at the second qualifying round stage at the end of this July. 

The side began the season strongly, suffering just two defeats in their opening 12 league matches – it was a run that included a 3-2 opening day victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, as well as wins on the road against both Everton and Southampton.

Sean Dyche’s men maintained their good start, never dropping lower than eighth position as 2018 arrived, before going on a five-game unbeaten run from the start of March to cement their seventh-placed position that they would comfortably hold until the campaign’s end as they finished on 54 points.

Who’s in charge?

Dyche took charge at Turf Moor in 2012, replacing Eddie Howe, who returned to AFC Bournemouth. 

He took charge of a side who were 14th in the Championship and then won promotion with the Clarets when the team achieved a second-placed finish in the 2013/14 season.

Burnley were relegated at the end of the 2014/15 campaign, but the club stuck with Dyche and he returned them to England’s highest division at the first time of asking during the 2015/16 season, before consolidating their top-flight status and then achieving European football last season. 

Who should I keep an eye out for? 

One major factor of the team’s success last term was the emphasis on a collective and the group as a whole. Dyche assembled a hard-working group who were tough to break down, with each player knowing their roles within a well-drilled system.

 

Chris Wood arrived at Turf Moor towards the end of the August transfer window in 2017, joining from Leeds United for a club record fee.

The New Zealand international found the back of the net 10 times in the Premier League, with his first strike coming against Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley Stadium in a 1-1 draw at the end of August.

Goals against Crystal Palace, West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth followed, before a run of five goals in as many matches throughout March and April bumped his tally up to nine in the league – the forward rounded off the campaign by scoring the side’s only goal on the final day of the season at home to AFC Bournemouth.

How did we fare against them last season? 

Both encounters between the two teams ended goalless during the 2017/18 campaign.

The first encounter saw the sides meet at the Amex Stadium nine days before Christmas Day, with Glenn Murray missing from the penalty spot and Anthony Knockaert striking the post on a frustrating afternoon for the hosts.

The meeting at Turf Moor in April saw Chris Hughton’s side pick a valuable away point in their bid to steer clear of the bottom three, with another 0-0 draw in the side's final game of April.


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