Burnley’s last stint in the Premier League was memorable. Despite getting after a 18th place they put in a valiant effort to survive with the 1-0 win over Manchester City being their stand-out moment of the season. They’ll once again try their luck in the Premier League and goal will be nothing other than survival.
The 2016/17 season will be Burnley’s third season in the Premier League and Sean Dyche will be hoping they can survive the cut this time around. Despite a lot players including Micheal Duff and Joey Barton leaving the club Burnley are yet to make a mark in the transfer window.
Burnley FC 2016-17 Season Preview
Burnley comes into the Premier League as the Champions of the 2015-16 Championship. The Clarets went on a 23 game undefeated run since Christmas which helped them edge out Middlesbrough to the title. Coming to this season one has to look at the difference in quality between Burnley’s squad and the others in the league.
Apart from maybe Hull City, Burnley do look the weakest in the league. Fellow promoted side Middlesbrough has gone out of their way in strengthening their squad by signing players such as Victor Valdes and Alvaro Negredo to name a couple.
They need to recruit more to their ranks if they are to put in a bid for survival otherwise. If they don’t then come May Burnley will be preparing for another season in the Championship.
Manager Sean Dyche has been vocal as to how he wants to add more quality to his side. Dyche though has been offered very little in terms of money from the Board. They’ve already had several bids for Championship players rejected. A frustrated Dyche has put the onus on the Board to invest or face a difficult season ahead.
Goalkeeper Tom Heaton (Captain) will start the season as the Burnley No.1 with Paul Robinson and new signing Nick Pope the alternatives. In defense they do have some bright talents such as Micheal Keane but the inexperience at the top level is telling. The addition of Liverpool youngster Jon Flanagan on loan will be a definite boost but still they need to bring in some experienced players.
In midfield new signing Johann Gudmundsdon joins the ever dependable George Boyd, Scott Arfield and the experienced duo of Dean Marney and David Jones. Burnley’s light shines the brightest upfront with Sam Vokes, Andre Gray and Ashley Barnes all of whom are credible attacking options.
Their is definite room for improvement in Burnley’s squad. For the sake of club we hope Sean Dyche will be given the financial power to add some more players.
Burnley 2016-17 Season Prediction
Going by the current squad at their disposal it’s hard to see Burnley staying up. Clarets may get one or two memorable results but for now we are expecting them to get relegated.
Verdict: – 20th Place
Player to Watch
Last term’s Championship Player of the season, Andre Gray will be the key for the Clarets. Gray who had spend most of his career in the Conference had many questioning his 6€ million price tag upon joining the Clarets. Sean Dyche though was proven correct as the Englishman slotted in 23 goals for the Clarets last season.
The Premier League is no Championship though with the quality of defenses considerably better. However like Danny Ings before him we expect Gray to have a good season even if his team struggles. At the end of the day Burnley may well be stepping stone and helps him to bigger and better things.
Premier League Champions – 1501.00 (Bet 365)
Yeah!! Not going to happen.
Relegation – 2.00 (Bet 365)
Sean Dyche is a really good coach and gets the best out of his team every time. In the Premier League though you just can’t survive without spending money. We hope they do well but Burnley to suffer relegation is given at this point. The odds on offer are good as well so go ahead bettors.
To Stay Up – 1.85 (Ladbrokes)
The odds on offer are low for this one and even if you think they are going to stay up it’s better to look away.
Andre Gray – 1.40 (Bet 365)
Sam Vokes – 4.00 (Bet 365)
Ashley Barnes – 17.00 (Skybet)
Andre Gray is a bright young talent and he should top Burnley’s scoring charts. The odds on offer are low though and as for Sam Vokes the odds are good enough however we can’t see him outscoring Gray.
Burnley Transfers In – 2016-17
|Sl No||Position||Player||Fee – €||From|
|1||MF||Johann Gudmundsdon||3 million||Charlton|
Burnley – 2015/16 Championship Stats