8th Oct 2020 | Premier League
Premier League Top 10 Tip - Burnley
So quickly written off by the transfer-hungry, reactionary media - Burnley have finished top half in two of the last three seasons. A bad start, but all the key men remain who finished the last campaign with only 2 defeats in 16 games. Most crucially, the boss is still there.
They’ve given everyone a headstart, but Sean Dyche’s Burnley should never be as long as 17/1 with PaddyPower to finish in the top 10.
There’s no doubt they’ve made a poor start, but they only won 1 of their first 5 matches en route to a top half finish in 2019-20. Two seasons before that, they finished 7th. That looks beyond them now, but the nucleus of a tough mid-table outfit remains intact.
Nick Pope is challenging for the England number one jersey while keeping Tarkowski alongside Mee in central defence is a significant success lost in their wider transfer window frustrations.
The same can be said of Dwight McNeil who will supply the goods for forwards Chris Wood, Jay Rodriguez and Ashley Barnes, who has just returned from a long lay off. Those three got 28 league goals last season, while the defence typically held firm, with an impressive 15 clean sheets - as many as champions Liverpool.
Most importantly of all, Dyche is still in the hot seat. He seems unhappy with the board but he hasn’t got a better place to be at the moment and there’s still time for some shrewd work in the domestic-only window to fire the Clarets up the table.
Odds correct at time of publishing: 10:15 8th Oct, 2020 but subject to change