Burnley: Premier League fixtures, injury latest as season restarts
Sky Sports will show 64 live Premier League games when season resumes; 25 matches available on both Sky Sports Premier League and Sky's free-to-air Pick channel
Last Updated: 03/07/20 6:35pm
The Premier League is back - but what shape are Burnley in? Fixtures, injury latest, the manager's view and more...
Ahead of the Premier League's return this month, we run the rule over Sean Dyche's side, from fixtures and fitness to the manager's view and more...
Analysis: Intriguing weeks ahead for Clarets
Sky Sports' Dan Long:
In their five previous seasons in the Premier League, Burnley have finished in the top half of the table on just one occasion, when they secured a seventh-place finish in 2017/18.
This time around they've got the opportunity to do so again but it has, by no means, been an easy ride.
The period between late October and mid-January proved to be particularly sticky, but a 3-0 defeat away to Chelsea 11 days into 2020 - which left them four points above the relegation zone - was a turning point.
In the seven games between that and the division's suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, they won four games and drew three, with their steely defence shipping just three goals, which lifted them to 10th in the table.
With no cup competitions to distract them, an impressive unbeaten run under their belts and the average position of their remaining opponents at 10.6, the Clarets look an interesting prospect to finish in the top half - and they could perhaps even better their historic 17/18 finish.
Sean Dyche's men face a real mix of opponents over the final weeks of the rescheduled league campaign and it doesn't get much trickier than facing Manchester City away in their first fixture after the restart. The Clarets' last home win against City came in March 2015, but you have to go all the way back to March 1963 for their last away victory.
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They then host struggling Watford at Turf Moor, before a crunch clash with Crystal Palace that could prove pivotal in the race for a top-half finish, and a meeting with Sheffield United, who will no doubt have their sights firmly set on European qualification.
That precedes successive tricky away trips to sides with contrasting outlooks in West Ham and champions-elect Liverpool, before they round off the season with fixtures against Wolves, Norwich and Brighton.
Monday June 22
Man City vs Burnley
Kick-Off: 8pm; Live on Sky Sports
Thursday June 25
Burnley vs Watford
Kick-off: 6pm; Live on Sky Sports and Sky Pick
Monday June 29
Crystal Palace vs Burnley
Sunday July 5
Burnley vs Sheffield United
Kick-Off: 12pm; Sky Sports and Sky Pick
Wednesday July 8
West Ham vs Burnley
Saturday July 11
Liverpool vs Burnley
Burnley vs Wolves
Norwich vs Burnley
Burnley vs Brighton
Where can they finish?
With nine games remaining, Burnley are six points behind fifth-placed Manchester United and nine behind fourth-placed Chelsea, meaning hopes of bettering their highest ever Premier League finish (7th in 2017/18) remain well and truly alive.
Data guru Ben Mayhew has simulated every possible result from the remaining 92 games and calculated each club's range of possible final league positions - in addition to probabilities for each standing.
But while cracking the top 10 remains within reach, this modelling suggests the club are most likely to end the season in anywhere from 10th to 12th, which indicates they could be on course to improve on last season's 15th place.
In fact, 15th appears to be the worst-case scenario in the event of a disastrous streak in the weeks following the league's scheduled restart on June 17.
Any other commitments?
Burnley's involvement in both domestic cup competitions was fleeting this term. Back in August, they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup after a 3-1 home defeat to League One Sunderland, while they exited the FA Cup at the fourth round stage at the hands of Norwich, losing 2-1 at Turf Moor on January 25.
Is everyone fit and available?
With no suspensions to factor in and few injuries to consider, by all accounts Dyche appears to have a well-stocked arsenal ahead of the restart. Forward Jay Rodriguez suffered a knee injury in the club's last outing against Tottenham but it's thought the opener against City will come too soon for him.
Elsewhere, Ashley Barnes has been missing since New Year's Day following hernia surgery, but it is expected that he, Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Matthew Lowton could be available for the club's final run of games.
What form were they in before the break?
The enforced break came at an unfortunate time for Burnley, who were on a seven-game unbeaten run in the Premier League, having held Tottenham and Arsenal to 1-1 and 0-0 draws respectively and beaten Manchester United 2-0 at Old Trafford on January 22.
The aforementioned FA Cup defeat to Norwich means Dyche's men have lost just once in 11 outings in all competitions this calendar year.
What's the manager said?
In a recent interview with Sky Sports' Adam Bate, Dyche displayed that he is clearly well aware of the challenges that lie ahead for his side as they look to finish the season in the best possible fashion.
"These are exceptional times and exceptional circumstances so you have to think a bit differently. The way I look at it, this will come down to how flexible you can be to use the time available. Each coach will be trying to get the players as game-ready as he can.
"Part of the mentality to perform will be clear-mindedness. We are certainly looking for that from the players. Focus on the challenge in front of us. That is one of the things that I think will be important.
"The big question is how quickly you can get into a format that suits the players and remind them of what they need to do. Everyone will be looking for that continuity. We just need to get to a level where we think we can win games."
The betting: Can the Clarets crack the top half?
Burnley were struggling under Sean Dyche, but he has turned the ship around yet again. The Clarets are coming out of the break to a seven-match unbeaten run, including impressive wins over Manchester United and Leicester, while holding Arsenal to a goalless draw during that streak, too.
They have to travel to Manchester City and Liverpool, but aside from that it is a run-in full of games where Dyche's men can pick up valuable points to make that 15/8 price look tempting.
Watch the Premier League with Sky Sports
Sky Sports will show 64 live Premier League games when the season resumes. In addition to the 39 matches already scheduled to be broadcast exclusively live on Sky Sports before the coronavirus interruption, 25 more matches will be available on both Sky Sports Premier League and Sky's free-to-air Pick channel, allowing the whole nation to be part of the return of live sport.
Free-to-watch highlights of every remaining Premier League game this season will be available from shortly after the full-time whistle on the Sky Sports website, Sky Sports app and Sky Sports Football YouTube channel.