A worrying situation for Burnley
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It is very early in the EPL campaign so it is hard to assess the current league table. New players and managers have not yet even settled in their new surroundings.
Burnley have picked up just one point in the English top-flight from 5 games, having lost their last 4 league games following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Wolves. To be fair to Wolves the scoreline was kind to Sean Dyche’s team.
The side from the Midlands could have easily added to that solitary goal if it were not for some good saves from Joe Hart and poor misses from the top-flight new boys.
This season’s poor form stems from a dip in form towards the end of last season for Dyche’s team, who we have to remember finished seventh place in the table. In fact, the Clarets have now failed to win in ten EPL games, suffering seven defeats in the process.
Dyche’s team have been so well drilled in the last few seasons. However, rather surprisingly the Clarets seem to have fallen apart in defence of late. The side from Lancashire has conceded at least twice in three of their last four league games.
The Lancashire side host Bournemouth at Turf Moor this weekend before games against Cardiff and Huddersfield. Although Bournemouth are in decent form, their recent away record is not great, while Cardiff and Huddersfield have struggled for points this season in the top-flight.
The next three games are the sort that the Clarets have to start winning if they are to avoid being stuck in the EPL relegation dogfight. If Dyche’s side fails to win in the next three they could be in major trouble, as after that trio of games the Clarets face Man City and Chelsea.
In the last two seasons, we have ever believed that Burnley would suffer relegation. The Clarets have just looked too well organised and solid to suffer the drop.
Their current position of bottom of the table does not look great on paper. However, the Clarets still have 33 games to rescue themselves from their current predicament
The bookmakers seem to believe that Burnley could suffer relegation this season, as they are now odds of 11/10 for relegation, which makes them third-favourites for the drop this season.
It would be a huge shame if Burnley continues to struggle in the top-flight, as Sean Dyche has done an excellent job at Turf Moor. The Clarets have become a fine example of what can be achieved by a small club by EPL standards with a limited budget.
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