Monday, September 26, 2022

Why A Top-Half Finish Is Well Within Reach For Burnley And Sean Dyche

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Anirban Sarkar
Anirban Sarkar is a former columnist of The 4th Official. A huge East Bengal fan and has travelled over 1000 miles to see his team in action.

Burnley have emerged as a surprising element in this season. The Clarets have made a count of every single mistake their opponents have made and have utilized it to full force. They have lost only a single match so far and have snatched points of Liverpool and Chelsea.

Perhaps their opening day victory over Chelsea rolled up the carpet for them. Sean Dyche’s side gave the Premier League it’s deserved opening as they got the better off the defending champions. Antonio Conte’s side had a shaky start and the Clarets took full advantage of them piling three goals upon them.

The Blues somehow reduced the deficit by banging in two goals but that wasn’t enough for them as they had to digest the most unconvincingly defeat they could imagine. Dyche’s side have cemented a place in the sixth position in the Premier League table and it won’t be surprising to see if they end up in the top ten places.

They have a very good squad who are always ready to sacrifice for the side. In Chris Wood, they probably have the most underrated and fierce strikers in the Premier League so there is much reason to be optimistic for the Clarets.

Among the lowermost clubs, the Clarets probably have the deepest squad. They invested heavily according to their priorities and have brought in a number of players who have seamlessly made an effortless transition to the squad.

They might not have the quantity but when it comes to quality, they do have an edge over their counterparts. There are a number of versatile players who can play in a number of positions making Dyche’s job quite easy.

Burnley gave a good account of their home form last season and this time too, they are having the same impact at the Turf Moor. The Clarets have lost only a single match at their home so far and Dyche needs to make sure they pick up maximum points from their home games to put pressure on the other sides.

The rise in TV rights and prize money proved to be a boon for them. Burnley disbursed the amount very carefully and Chris Wood’s arrival at the Turf Moor was probably the best step in this summer. Questions were raised if the player would be able to recapture the same old form but his signing could be the turning point for the Clarets who have all the qualities to guarantee a top ten finish.

Do you think they can finish in the top-10 positions in the league table come the end of the season?

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