Year Formed

1882

Stadium

Turf Moor

Capacity

22,546
 

Last 10 years league finishing positions

 
 

Best Season

1920/21

Burnley have featured twice in the Premier League and both times were relegated. However, the Clarets did win the old First Division twice. Their first title was in 1920/21 and during that season the Clarets produced a record breaking unbeaten run of 30 league matches. It wasn’t until 80 years later that Arsenal’s 2003/04 invincible team broke that record.

 

How they fared last season

After being relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2014/15 season, Burnley bounced straight back after they won the Championship title. The Lancashire side finished the season on a 23-game unbeaten run. It wasn’t pretty but they finished four points clear of their nearest rivals and were undefeated in 41 of their 46 games played.

72
number of goals
scored last season
35
number of goals
conceded last season
0
red cards
49
yellow cards
 

Team Strengths

Leicester were famously the 5000/1 shots to win the Premier League last season – and this season, those odds belong to Burnley. But the Clarets topped the Championship by scoring more than anyone else and conceding fewer than anyone else except Middlesbrough.

Burnley’s home ground Turf Moor was a fortress and they’ll be banking on the home support to get them over the line in tight contests. Expect manager Sean Dyche to set up his side not to lose in the hope it can confound ball-playing sides like Arsenal, Bournemouth, Southampton and Everton.

The Clarets’ main goal scoring threat will be Wales’s Euro 2016 hero Sam Vokes and last season’s Championship Golden Boot winner Andre Gray. Gray in particular is one too look out for and the speedy striker will be looking to get 20+ goals again. Meanwhile George Boyd and David Jones will provide the creative outlet in midfield and in the attacking third.

 

Weaknesses

Last time Burnley were in the Premier League, they only won seven games and in the two times they’ve been promoted they’ve only managed to stay up once – before being immediately relegated.

History is cruel to newly promoted teams. They often struggle to keep their star players, while their inexperience at the Premier League level is often their undoing. They could lose highly rated defender Michael Keane while Joey Barton has already left to join Rangers.

It’s said the Clarets rely on leading goal scorer Andre Gray too much. If Gray struggles in the top flight, their only other avenue to goal is by set pieces, which may be a tricky proposition at this level.

Doing a Leicester will be tough, unless they unearth their own Jamie Vardy or Riyad Mahrez. The road to success is limited as the Clarets will rely on grinding out wins with limited possession.

 

Formation

Burnley use a 4-4-2 formation, and although some may say they play old school football via the long ball, they are well organised, disciplined and mainly play on the counter.

 

Star Player

Speedy striker Andre Gray escaped gangs, prison and non-league football to be Burnley’s most expensive signing and the Championship’s leading scorer last season.

The $18m-man’s tattoo “still I rise” symbolises his six-year ascent from the Conference with Luton to the Premier League with Burnley. The four-inch scar on the left hand side of his face is a daily reminder of the right choices he made since leaving the gang culture of his hometown of Wolverhampton.

If he can emulate the form of fellow maverick Jamie Vardy, he will go a long way to keeping Burnley up. Gray has pace to burn and impressive upper body strength that helps fight off defenders.

He positions himself off the last defender’s shoulder and is good in the air despite his height. He also can be a provider of goals, setting up his teammates eight times last season.

 

Sean Dyche

Manager

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has been in charge of the Clarets since October 2012 and as a former centreback, he knows how to keep a miserly defence. He has famously likened the Clarets to Atletico Madrid and Leicester for their use of the 4-4-2 formation. Arsenal’s and Barcelona’s reputation remain unsullied by any comparisons.

Compared to the other 23 teams in the Championship, the Lancashire side were ranked 18th in possession and pass accuracy stats. They were also ranked 20th in shots on goals.

However, Dyche has great skill for spotting talent. After losing key players Danny Ings, Kieran Trippier and Jason Shackell after being relegated from the Premier League the season before, Dyche still found a way to achieve promotion.

His eye for talent was on display when he bought Andre Gray from Brentford for $18m and he will have to spend a decent chunk of their Premier League windfall to keep Burnley up.