Clarets amongst relegation favourites

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The bookmakers feel Burnley could be embroiled in a relegation battle this season after enduring a campaign of struggle last term.

The bookmakers feel Burnley could be embroiled in a relegation battle this season after enduring a campaign of struggle last term.

 

The Clarets had, in many people’s eyes, over achieved in 2017-18 when they qualified for the Europa League after a seventh-placed finish.

Those eyeing the Matchbook betting review will be interested to see what transfer business Sean Dyche is able to do before deciding where Burnley may finish this season.

Last summer, Dyche made a comment that raised a few eyebrows when he stated that his main target would be to avoid relegation.

After a very early start to the campaign in Europe, Burnley failed to collect any wins in their first five Premier League games and looked like they would be in for a season of struggle.

But Dyche was able to guide his team through a difficult spell and, in the early stages of 2019, the Clarets were able to turn their season around – including an eight-point spell in four games in late January/early February.

Burnley have already announced that three players will leave the club this summer – Stephen Ward, Anders Lindegaard and the retiring Jon Walters – but the likes of Aaron Lennon and Phil Bardsley have been given new contracts.

The summer recruitment will be key to the Clarets’ hopes of an improved showing and making it a successful campaign.

Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood again caused a potent threat up front last season, while youngster Dwight McNeill had a massive impact after his first-team breakthrough.

But if Burnley don’t make a couple of key signings, it could be another season of struggle at the wrong end of the table.

The other two being tipped by the bookies to face the drop are two newly promoted teams – Norwich and Sheffield United.

Despite finishing first and second in the Championship last term, neither team is expected to spend big this summer and that’s why the bookies expect an instant return to the second tier.

Brighton, who only just avoid the drop last season, are the next on the relegation betting list.

The Seagulls could face a close-season overhaul following the sacking off Chris Hughton and the arrival of new boss Graham Potter.

Play-off winners Aston Villa are bigger outsiders for relegation, with Dean Smith expected to be handed significant funds to further bolster his squad.

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