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    Burnley v Bournemouth Match Preview

    Eddie Howe's Bournemouth side will travel to Turf Moor on Saturday to face Sean Dyche's Burnley in a clash which I really believe could go either way. Three points to either side would obviously be a massive boost with Burnley hoping to distance themselves from the relegation zone and Bournemouth aiming to propel themselves further up the table. Burnley will be hoping that they can continue there solid home form which is clearly going to be key to their survival hopes whereas Bournemouth will attempt to improve there relatively poor away form.


    Burnley come off the back of a 2-0 loss to Stoke at the Britannia Stadium however there seem to be two different teams this season the Burnley that play at home and the team that play away. They have collected just the solitary point away from home this season and have had some heavy losses including a 4-0 drubbing to West Brom and a 3-0 loss to Leicester. Compare that with their home form however and there is stark contrast with an admirable 13 points from 8 games including wins over Liverpool and Everton.

    Sean Dyche made four changes to his side that faced Stoke last weekend so it is tough to predict what 11 will start on Saturday however if they are to get a positive result I expect Andre Gray and Ashley Barnes to be key as I feel that Bournemouth will score during the match and they need there strikers to perform. The pace and mobility of Gray and the aerial threat that Barnes poses could cause Bournemouth's central defenders problems as they have conceded quite a lot of goals this season.

    The work rate in the strikers pressing the Bournemouth defenders and forcing mistakes could be a key factor as they like to play out from the back and can make errors whilst doing this. Michael Keane will also be an important figure in keeping Callum Wilson quiet and marshalling the defence against a team who pose an attacking threat. Burnley will definitely be looking for three points come Saturday and if they can maintain the home form they have shown so far they have a very good chance.


    As a Bournemouth fan and being at the game last Sunday against Liverpool I am hoping that the team is still on a high and that we can continue our form going into the game. Now that the dust has settled I think that now is the time for calm and to put that victory into perspective. Liverpool mainly dominated the game but they capitulated and we capitalised brilliantly attacking with real intent. As a defensive unit Liverpool where very poor and with a defence including Milner, Lovren and Lucas I felt that we had an opportunity to score a few goals and possibly get a result. Some of the reaction to the result I feel has been a bit blown out of proportion perhaps due to the nature of the win. I feel we are underestimated often despite the fact we have played some exciting free flowing football this season and even though I did think Liverpool would win the game it wasn't a huge shock to me that we did.

    I hope and expect Adam Smith to return to his right back spot as he struggled at left back and we lost a huge amount of our attacking threat down the right hand side. That poses a problem to Eddie Howe as if Charlie Daniels is fit does he come back in or does he stick with the same back four as last week but switch Ake to left back. If it was my decision i would do the latter.

    Ryan Fraser's excellent cameo last Sunday has also given Howe a selection headache. If Stanislas isn't fit does he start or does Ibe come in instead. These are nice decisions for a manager to have to make and I expect Fraser and King to flank Wilson if both are fit. A midfield three of Wilshere, Arter and Gosling are expected to start in the absence of Andrew Surman. The creativity of Wilshere and the tenacity of Arter have become a key combination in the cherries midfield and The attacking three will be looking to these two for good service on Saturday

    Team News

    Burnley are expecting to name the returning Tom Heaton in goal whilst Johann Gudmundsson is still sidelined with a hamstring problem. The return of Heaton is a massive boost with the clarets stopper being in fine form this season earning an England call up due to his excellent displays.

    Bournemouth are likely to be without Junior Stanislas as he hobbled off during the win over Liverpool but Charlie Daniels could make a return to the 11 after recovering from a hip injury.


    I am predicting an entertaining free flowing game as I don't think either team will be going for anything other than a win. I am obviously hoping for a Bournemouth win however I have a feeling that this game is going to finish in a draw in Eddie Howe's return to his former club so I am going to go for a 2-2 scoreline with Jack Wilshire scoring his first goal and Callum Wilson with the other. Andre Gray with both the clarets goals.

    James Kendrick

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