Burnley’s run in – Where will we pick up points

As our first season back in the Premier League has been a success up to now, but with just nine games remaining, and 27 points left to play for, where will the Clarets pick their points up to secure their top flight status?

Burnley currently sit healthily in 13th position, eight points above the drop, so relegation from this point would take a catastrophic capitulation from the Clarets.

Below, I will take a look at each game left for Burnley and see where our remaining points may come from…

Tottenham (Home):

Next up for the Clarets is Tottenham and back in home comforts, it represents a big chance to pick up our first victory since January.

Spurs will be without the services of Harry Kane, which will really boost the Clarets’ chances of winning and at home, we know we can beat almost anybody.

In front of what will no doubt be a capacity Turf Moor, the fans will yet again play a big part in roaring the Clarets on, to what will hopefully be a big win.

Prediction: Burnley 1-1 Tottenham

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Stoke (Home):

Definitely the bigger of the two home games to come for the Clarets and I would say it is a must win.

Stoke are one of the sides who are in mid table and when they come to your ground, you have to be beating them.

Three points over Stoke would move us onto 35 points dependant on the Tottenham result, which would be there or there abouts in terms of the survival points target.

Prediction: Burnley 1-0 Stoke

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Middlesbrough (Away):

A trip to the Riverside represents yet another golden chance to put to bed the away day hoo-doo, but Boro will certainly provide a stern test.

Middlesbrough are marooned in the bottom three and struggling to score goals, and with Burnley’s improving away performances, you wouldn’t rule out an away win.

A point would be a great result at the Riverside to keep them at arms length, as ultimately, the main aim is to avoid relegation.

Prediction: Middlesbrough 0-0 Burnley

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Everton (Away):

On paper, a very difficult game. We will be facing an inform Romelu Lukaku, and handling him will play a huge part in deciding the outcome of this game.

The pressure is off when we go to Goodison Park. No on expects us to go there and win, so we can go there and play with the ‘freedom’ that Sean Dyche so often speaks about.

On the day, who knows, but I think it will take an almighty effort to take all three points away from Everton, but a point is definitely within the realms of possibility.

Prediction: Everton 2-0 Burnley

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Manchester United (Home):

Fortress Turf Moor will definitely play a big part in deciding who claims the spoils in this game and in front of our own fans, we could definitely cause an upset.

I don’t actually believe that United are as good as the best sides in the division and you get the feeling that we could be in for another magic game on Turf Moor, in which a giant falls.

Obviously, we will be up against it for large parts of the game, but we have shown countless times already this season, that ‘strong jaw’ and the ability to bounce back.

Prediction: Burnley 2-1 Manchester United

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Crystal Palace (Away):

Definitely a winnable fixture, and with two managers who’s primary focus is on the defensive side of their game, you get the feeling one goal could decide the contest.

I would hope that we will be all but safe by this game and that the outcome won’t have a huge bearing on deciding if we beat the drop or not.

But nevertheless, Sean Dyche will still have his eye on picking up a victory, but I think we will be hard pushed to leave South London with three points in the bag.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-0 Burnley

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West Bromwich Albion (Home):

Another game at home which definitely falls into the ‘winnable’ category, but with Tony Pulis at the helm, Albion won’t be easy to pushover.

West Brom are formidable against teams in the bottom half and they are sure to put the Clarets’ superb home record under threat.

Burnley have been ruthless against teams in and around them this season, only Swansea outside of the top six have won at Turf Moor and I would expect that this may be the case again.

Prediction: Burnley 1-0 West Brom

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Bournemouth (Away):

If the Clarets are still winless on the road when they make the long and arduous trip to the south coast, this will be their last chance to lay to rest the wretched away record.

The Cherries home form has been relatively good, but both Sunderland and Crystal Palace have left the Vitality Stadium with three points, so why can’t Burnley?

You would hope this game won’t have a say in whether Burnley stay up or not, but this game could yet turn out to be pivotal.

Prediction: Bournemouth 2-2 Burnley

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West Ham (Home):

It could well be a party atmosphere at Turf Moor on this day if survival is already assured, but knowing Sean Dyche, he will be solely focused on the game at hand.

Like West Brom, West Ham are likely to provide a stern test, but they are definitely a beatable side for us and if survival is official, we will want to accumulate as many points as possible.

The Hammers away record has been very good against the smaller teams in the league, only Leicester below West Ham in the league have beaten them at home, so they will be no pushovers.

Prediction: Burnley 3-1 West Ham

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