This match is a huge chance for Burnley to get their first Premier League win of the season.
The Clarets aren’t enjoying life back in the top flight all that much, however they can turn things around on Saturday when Hull City visit Turf Moor.
It’s hard to avoid coming to the conclusion that the Clarets are destined for a swift return back to the Championship at the end of the season, the Lancashire side five points adrift of safety and rooted firmly to the bottom of the league table with no wins to their name and a mere four points to show from their opening ten matches.
Nevertheless, this encounter provides them with a perfect opportunity to put all this behind them and Sean Dyche will be desperate to clinch the victory which will at least give him a slimmer of hope that he has a future at Turf Moor.
The slump cannot be allowed to last much longer and the Claret’s hierarchy will need to act fast should results fail to improve with Dyche being the obvious casualty. This season is fast becoming a complete write-off and the club are starting to prepare for life in the second tier.
Ok, so perhaps this is being slightly premature, however one cannot underestimate the huge task required for Burnley to manage another season in the top flight. Can Dyche sort things out? Well this may be his last chance with Hull City providing an opportunity for him to turn things around on the pitch.
Burnley produced their typical display against Arsenal last weekend, battling extremely hard but appearing to be out of their depth and conceding three goals in the last twenty minutes.
Nevertheless, the first 70 minutes saw the Clarets perform extremely well and we can’t help but think that should they repeat this performance this weekend, they could be celebrating their opening win of the season against a Hull City side who have only managed a single win of their own in the last nine outings.
To be fair, Hull managed a better result than the Clarets at the Emirates Stadium, leading going into stoppage time before suffering a late Arsenal equaliser, a point subsequently being won at Anfield.
Southampton visited Hull’s KC Stadium last weekend and left with all the points, however the Saints are flying high at the moment so not too much should be read into that narrow 1-0 defeat.
Steve Bruce’s Clarets side have managed a mere two goals in six successive games with the last two outings producing none so we’re backing this to be a low scoring encounter.
Burnley’s only home goal this season was in a match where there was also three at the opposite end and we feel that the Clarets are highly unlikely to turn on the style on Saturday, however should they tighten up in defence for the full ninety minutes as opposed to just seventy, this could prove to be their first win of the campaign. Perhaps too little too late, but a start at least.
Our betting tips
Burnley to win – Betfred 8/5
Under 1.5 Goals – Bet365 9/4