Predicted Burnley line-up to face Bournemouth: Who should start?
Burnley had a stellar season last time around under Sean Dyche as the Clarets finished 7th in the Premier League and made it to the qualifying rounds of the Europa League after a span of 51 long years. Although they didn’t make it to the group stages after losing out to Olympiacos in the final qualifying round, the team deserves credit for a fantastic 2017/18 season.
However, things have changed and Burnley haven’t been able to replicate their impressive performances from the last season. In fact, Dyche’s men have made a calamitous start to their Premier League campaign and currently sit at the bottom of the table.
With four losses and a draw, Burnley have managed only one point so far and Sean Dyche must motivate his team when they take on an in-form Bournemouth side that crushed Leicester City 4-2 last weekend.
Steven Defour is yet to regain full fitness and Ben Gibson continues to recover from his groin injury.
Predicted Burnley line-up to face Bournemouth
Manager: Sean Dyche
Joe Hart (GK)
The English international was impressive against Wolves and made some crucial reflex saves from close range. He should retain his position between the sticks.
Phil Bardsley (RB)
The former Manchester United man struggled against the pace of the Wolves’ attackers but Dyche should give him more starts.
Ben Mee (CB)
The centre-back had a tough day against Wolves and has not looked solid in the ongoing season. However, with Gibson out injured, Dyche does not have too many choices.
James Tarkowski (CB)
The English international has been Burnley’s standout performer at the back so far and made three clearances off the line against Wolves. He should start against Bournemouth.
Charlie Taylor (LB)
He has been far from solid this season and left plenty of spaces for the attackers to exploit in the last game. However, it is too early for the manager to bench him.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson (LM)
The Iceland international put up a lacklustre showing against Wolves, where he struggled to cope with the tempo and faded away in the second half. However, he is one of the best in the team’s ranks and should start the next game.
Ashley Westwood (LCM)
Granted, he hasn’t been particularly good so far but he should replace Jeff Hendrick, who had a poor outing in the last game.
Jack Cork (RCM)
He had an average game last time around and struggled to pass the ball as the opposition closed him down. Dyche doesn’t have too many alternatives, however, and should continue with him.
Aaron Lennon (RM)
The former English international has shown sudden bursts of pace and energy but has been quite disappointing with the end result. Dyche should push him to do better in the next game.
Sam Vokes (ST)
He won a lot of headers against Wolves but couldn’t keep them on target. But he contributed to the defence in his own half and had a decent game overall. Should start the next game against Bournemouth.
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Matej Vydra (ST)
The Czech international scored 21 goals for Derby County in the Championship last season and deserves regular minutes ahead of Ashley Barnes, who hasn’t had much to offer in the final third.