Burnley reach new heights in the English Premier League

Turf Moor is a stadium where most visiting teams leave either bruised physically or with little in terms of result. The visitors tend to be aware that they will be involved in a highly competitive game.

When they were promoted to the English Premier League in 2016 as champions of the English League Football Championship, Burnley lost just two of their 23 home games, whilst collecting 51 points. They continued that fine form through the 2016/17 season in the Premier League. Out of 19 matches at Turf Moor, Burnley collected 33 points after winning 10 home matches. Mind you they finished the season with a total of 40 points. Thus, there away form was miserable and just yielded 7 points.

On their travels, Burnley not only struggled but could not get more than a single win.  The solitary win was secured at Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace. They did however earn a point by holding Manchester United to a goalless draw at Old Trafford. Despite their disappointing return of points from away fixtures, they still retained their place in the top tier of English football.

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This season, they have already won two away games and secured a draw in two other games. From five away matches played during the current campaign, Burnley have amassed one more point than the number – seven – they did in the entire 2016/17 season.

By guiding his team to wins over both Chelsea and Everton, whilst also drawing against Tottenham and Liverpool, manager Sean Dyche has succeeded in getting the best out of his squad and managed to rebuild their confidence away from home.

He has created a well-balanced team, made up of the same defenders who helped the club win the Championship along with some astute midfield and attack-minded signings. While Ashley Barnes and Sam Vokes remain the forward options for Dyche, with the pair scoring 17 goals between them last season, Chris Wood has been recruited to strengthen Burnley’s attack. The 26-year-old Wood has seamlessly integrated into Dyche’s side and been on the receiving end of some quality service, with players such as Scott Arfield, Robbie Brady and Steven Defour delivering the passes.

Burnley aim to continue in this fine form and rather than battling against relegation, it may sound realistic to aim for a top 10 finish in EPL. This of course is based on their early season form. Last season, any points earned away from home were treated as an unexpected bonus, particularly since they lost 14 of their 19 games away from Turf Moor.

Now Burnely’s players are proving to be part of a team capable of competing with the bigger clubs in the English Premier League, as seen in the win over Chelsea and confirmed by the draws against Tottenham and Liverpool. Perhaps the big question is where will Burnley finish at the end of the Premier League season, but one thing is for sure- the aim is to sustain this promising start at all costs.

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EuroFantasyLeague’s Week 8 Video Recap of EPL, La Liga & Serie A

Week 8 of Euro Fantasy League saw some blockbuster matches across Europe, with the Milan derby, Atletico Madrid up against Barcelona while Liverpool hosted Manchester United.

In the very first edition of the EFL video recap, Nicholas Carroll takes us through some of the weekend highlights and major point-scorers from the latest round of fantasy football.

Euro Fantasy League – Week 8 recap

Liverpool host Manchester United in Premier League’s Game of the Week

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United will travel to Liverpool knowing the home side will not have star player Sadio Mane. Sadio’s absence cannot be underestimated. The Senegalese international has scored 3 goals in 5 Premier League appearances this season.

Last season, Mane scored 13 goals and provided 5 assists in 27 EPL matches. His absence will surely be felt though having Egyptian hero Mohamed Salah will serve to ease some of pain Liverpool fans must cope with due to Mane’s injury. Salah has managed to score 4 goals in 7 Premier League games so far. Continue reading

David de Gea on top of Fantasy Football Rankings in the Premier League

Manchester United’s David de Gea has been widely considered as the best in the English Premier League despite strong competition from Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris, Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, and a few years earlier Arsenal’s Petr Cech. Continue reading

Will Paul Pogba lead Manchester United to league success this season?

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It was something of a coup for Manchester United when they signed their former player Paul Pogba in a record-deal from Juventus last summer.

The French midfielder was seen as the future Ballon d’Or winner in the footballing circles and had almost all the major European clubs interested in his services. He finally arrived at Old Trafford amid lofty expectations from the fans – who were once again hopeful following the arrival of Jose Mourinho. However, Pogba’s first league season back with United turned out to be a disappointment as he failed to match the expectations and the Red Devils finished in the sixth spot. Continue reading

Premier League Midfielder Spotlight – Round 3

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Continuing the theme of our early-season position spotlights, it is now the turn of all midfielders in the Premier League to get their shot at getting their name on EuroFantasyLeague! Continue reading