Burnley make the long and arduous trip down to the south-coast tomorrow to take on AFC Bournemouth, in a game which will have little bearing on either end of the table.
Both sides have hit the magical 40 point mark, but that won’t make the game any less of a contest. With two competitive managers at the helm, you can guarantee both will be going all out for three points.
The Cherries have been in a rich vein of form lately, losing just two of their last 10 league games; a run which has propelled them towards the top half of the table.
Burnley’s form, on the other hand, hasn’t been sparkling, but they have still picked up nine points in those 10 games, to ensure Premier League football remains at Turf Moor.
Regardless of the low stakes riding on the game, it looks set to be a entertaining affair.
Andrew Surman and Dan Gosling are doubts for the Cherries coming into this game. Junior Stanislas went off in the Sunderland game, but he will be fit for tomorrow.
Callum Wilson, Jack Wilshere and Benik Afobe all remain sidelined for Bournemouth, as does Australian goalkeeper, Adam Federici.
Burnley could welcome back Michael Keane, after he missed last weekend’s draw with West Brom and he is likely to take over from Kevin Long.
Ben Mee, who has missed the last two games with a shin injury, will miss out again, and James Tarkowski is likely to retain his place. Dean Marney remains the Clarets’ only long term injury absentee.
Bournemouth’s form in their last 10 games has been very good, losing just twice, against title challengers, Tottenham and Chelsea, highlighting just how difficult it is to beat the Cherries. Two wins in their last three games against, Middlesbrough and Sunderland, secured Bournemouth’s Premier League status for a third successive season.
Burnley’s form hasn’t been too bad in the last six games – two victories and two draws have effectively secured successive Premier League seasons for the first time in the clubs’ history. The last side to beat Burnley who aren’t in the top seven, was Swansea back in March, which highlights the fact that the Clarets can more than hold their own against the sides around them.
Last time these two sides met, Burnley ran out 3-2 winners, courtesy of goals from Jeff Hendrick, Stephen Ward and George Boyd. The game will fondly be remembered for Hendricks’s wonder goal, after he touched the ball down from over his shoulder, before proceeding to volley into the top corner from 25-yards. Bournemouth and Burnley haven’t met that much in recent history, mainly because of Bournemouth’s meteoric rise up the league’s, which meant that the Clarets had little time to come across them.
Bournemouth have conceded at least two goals in eight of their last 10 home games.
Burnley have only scored more than once on the road on two occasions (Swansea and Crystal Palace)
The Clarets are unbeaten against Bournemouth in their last six games.
Only Southampton and Tottenham have stopped Bournemouth scoring in their last 11 league matches.
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