Burnley v Swansea City

12 Aug

Burnley striker Andre Gray


Andre Gray was Burnley’s top scorer last season with 23 goals

TEAM NEWS

Burnley’s summer signing Johann Berg Gudmundsson could make his debut but Liverpool loanee Jon Flanagan won’t feature because of a lack of fitness.

The Clarets hope Stephen Ward will be available despite a recent hamstring problem, but Ashley Barnes may miss out with a similar injury.

Swansea’s record signing Borja Baston will not be involved at Turf Moor.

Wales full-back Neil Taylor will also not be included as he builds up fitness after his post-Euro 2016 break.

However, Gylfi Sigurdsson will be among the substitutes even though he has only just returned to training following Iceland’s summer exploits.

MOTD COMMENTATOR’S NOTES

Martin Fisher: “After suffering immediate relegation following their last two promotions to the Premier League, Burnley’s target this season is obvious.

“As impressive as they were in winning the Championship their squad will need strengthening. Failure to do so during their last top-flight campaign was a mistake.

“They are miserly in defence and well organised, and if Andre Gray can again fire the goals which propelled Burnley to the title in May I firmly believe they have more than a fighting chance of staying up.

“Beating the likes of Swansea will determine their fate. This is the Welsh club’s sixth successive Premier League season and seeing them without captain Ashley Williams will be strange.

“Now the focus is on the other end of the pitch and it will be fascinating to see how Spanish strikers Borja Baston and Fernando Llorente fare.”

Twitter: @martfisher1

WHAT THE MANAGERS SAY

Burnley boss Sean Dyche on his transfers plans: “It’s likely we’ll have to [break our transfer record]. I think it was Jose Mourinho that said the market has no rules – you either get in it or you don’t. That is the simplest way of putting it.

“It’s tough for all concerned. Everything has gone up from two years ago. Some of the numbers for players are astounding.

“This club has got to be run at certain levels. It’s appropriate for the size of the club. I also have my own moral instinct about what is right and appropriate and I think that is right for this club.”

Swansea City head coach Francesco Guidolin on the departure of captain Ashley Williams to Everton: “I was not surprised to see him go… I knew there was this offer from Everton but I decided to stay out [of it].

“I believe that when a player decides to go it’s better to let him go. He was an important player, but I think this is his decision.

“We have leaders in this team. Leaders are not only captains, and in this situation all of us have to show more personality and character and courage.

“We will miss some of these with Ash, not just the player but as a man.”

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MATCH FACTS

Head-to-head

  • Swansea have won four of their last five league games against Burnley, including two 1-0 wins in the 2014-15 Premier League season.
  • Burnley’s 2-1 victory against Swansea in the Championship in April 2011 is their only win against the Swans in the last 21 years.

Burnley

  • Burnley ended 2015-16 unbeaten in 23 league games (W16, D7) – half a Championship season. Their last defeat was away to Hull City on Boxing Day 2015, meaning they enter the Premier League unbeaten in the league in 2016.
  • The Clarets recorded the exact same playing record (W26, D15, L5) as when they were last promoted in 2013-14. They also scored the same number of goals but conceded two goals fewer.
  • Burnley have found the back of the net in 17 of their last 18 opening-day matches, failing to score against Stoke in the Premier League in 2009.
  • In their last top-flight season, in 2014-15, the Clarets had to wait until their 11th match to claim their first win.

Swansea City

  • Swansea have failed to keep a Premier League clean sheet away from home in 2016, conceding 20 goals in 10 games on the road since a goalless draw at Crystal Palace on 28 December 2015.
  • This will be the ninth time in 10 years that Swansea have begun their league campaign away from home.
  • Swansea are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League games played in the month of August (W5, D2).

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