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Burnley immediately bounced back to the big time after a year-long stint in the Championship. The key to their success last season was their unbeaten run that stretched all the way from Boxing Day to the final day. The Clarets were more than impressive in the second tier of English football, while their Premier League status for this season was confirmed on the 2nd of May.

Sean Dyche, aka "The Ginger Mourinho" was already in charge of Burnley during their last stint in the top flight, which ended in bitter disappointment and relegation despite their monumental efforts. Although the Clarets have been impressive in the Championship, the Premier League is another thing altogether. Tight defending and counter-attacks were Burnley's tactics in 2014/15, and there are no indications of that changing this time out. Danny Ings was their number one striker on their last visit to the top flight, while the Clarets flag-bearers this season are Welsh international striker Sam Vokes and the golden boot winner of the Championship, Andre Gray.


In goal Dyche places his trust in Tim Heaton, who played in all of their 46 games last season. Heaton was also in goal during their last visit to the top flight. On the bench they have Paul Robinson, a veteran of 372 Premier League appearances and 41 caps for England.

In terms of defenders all eyes will be on Liverpool-loanee Jon Flanagan and Michael Keane, who scored five times last season.

Slippery winger George Boyd and tough tackler Scott Arfield are set to be joined in midfield by Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who has joined from Charlton Athletic. The Icelandic international impressed in the Euros and had the most passes in the Championship last season.

Up front the duo of Vokes and Gray are yet again Burnley's main men, and if they can replicate their form of last season and the 38 goals they scored Burnley could be in with a shot of surviving.


The Clarets have had more than enough firepower for the Championship, a fact clear to be seen from their 72 goals scored in both 13/14 and 15/16. However, the Premier League is far from the Championship. Material-wise they can't compete with even the mid-table teams, and their constant need to defend naturally has a negative impact on their attacking play. Their last stint in the top flight started grimly with 10 games without a win. At best they managed to climb up to 17th in the table. The biggest thing the club gets from appearing in the Premier League is the huge amount of TV-money they will receive, which offers a good chance of going forward as a whole. Avoiding relegation will be nothing short of a miracle for the Clarets.


Jon Flanagan. On loan from Liverpool, the full-back will have a big role to play if the Clarets are to avoid the drop.