Burnley have made a terrific start to the 2017-18 Premier League season having collected 13 points from their opening eight top-flight matches. Sean Dyche’s side have drastically improved their away form over the past couple of months but can the Clarets maintain their excellent form and finish in the top half of the table?
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The East Lancashire outfit proved an early season coupon buster when triumphing 3-2 at Stamford Bridge on the opening day of the season and they’ve been defeated just once so far this campaign despite facing Spurs and Liverpool, as well as last season’s champions. The Clarets are an unfashionable club who have thrived on being continually categorised as the underdog and they never make it easy for the opposition.
There is a togetherness about this Burnley side with every player fighting for their place, and right-back Matt Lowton has played an integral part in their success so far. The former Sheffield United defender believes the lower-league experience in the side has helped breed a winning mentality. A number of hard-working Championship players have been joined by the likes of Stephen Defour who has picked up three Man of the Match awards in his opening eight games. The midfielder’s work-rate is complimented by the flair of Johann Berg-Gudmonsson and the creativity of Jack Cork.
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The fact that a number of Burnley fans are speaking of a possible top half finish perfectly illustrates the optimism that is currently engulfing the club. They finished 16th last season, six points above the relegation zone and with a goal difference of -16 but they are aiming much higher this time around.
Whilst their away form has significantly improved, they need to maintain consistency at Turf Moor. During the 2016-17 season, they won six of their last eleven home matches and beat the likes of Everton and Liverpool in front of their own fans but haven’t hit those heights so far this campaign. They were able to secure a draw against West Ham United on October 14th as correctly predicted by Oddschecker but they will be disappointed not to have taken all three points against the struggling Hammers.
Burnley supporters will be hoping that Sean Dyche can continue to inspire his side this season and that summer signing Chris Wood can add to his three goals so far. A top half finish is certainly possible for the Clarets this year but they must ensure they continue to work hard and fight for every single point in the Premier League.