Preview - Burnley vs Bournemouth 13 May 2018

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Match Day 38
Burnley vs Bournemouth
Sunday, May 13th, 2018
23:00pm (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: Turf Moor

Last five matches form: W L D D L
Average goals per match: 0.95
Average goals against per match: 1.00
Top Scorer: Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes (9)

Last five matches form: D L L L W
Average goals per match: 1.16
Average goals against per match: 1.62
Top Scorer: Joshua King and Callum Wilson (7)

Burnley's main objective at the start of this season - as is the case with just about every side outside the top six - would have been to secure their Premier League survival. That the campaign will in fact end in European qualification is a remarkable achievement, and a testament as to what can be achieved through hard work and endeavour. Sean Dyche's men bring down the curtain on their excellent season with a clash against Eddie Howe's Bournemouth side.

Bournemouth have been a little up and down at times and arrive here having won just two in eleven in the League. Currently sitting 12th in the table, they have never really looked in any serious danger and may still finish in the top half of the table should results go their way on the final day.

Burnley must do without Ben Mee and joint top scorer Ashley Barnes for the season finale. Tyron Mings, Harry Arter and Junior Stanislas are out for Bournemouth.

There have been a few signs of late that the rigours of Burnley's high energy style are beginning to take their toll as the season draws to a close.

Bournemouth do tend to score on the road, having registered at least one goal in seven of their last eight away games. We see the Cherries getting on the score sheet again and fancy a score draw here

 Prediction: Burnley 1 - 1 Bournemouth


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 -2
Shots:  12 - 16
Shots on target: 4 - 5
Corner Kicks: 7 - 8
Possession: 52% - 48%

A quiet afternoon for arbiter Paul Tierney wo kept his cards in his pockets throughout.

Bournemouth were the better side in the first half but were unable to make their advantage pay and in the end went into the break a goal down. A good cutback from the left by Stephen Ward finding Ashley Westwood around ten yards from goal. Westwood scuffed his shot but straight to Chris Wood on the edge of the six-yard box. The big New Zealander successfully diverting the ball into the bottom corner in the 39th minute.

Burnley looked to be executing one of their classic 1-0 wins, until it all went wrong in the final twenty minutes. Seconds earlier Nick Pope had done really well to deny Jermaine Defoe from close range, but when Burnley uncharacteristically failed to clear their lines the ball was picked up by Joshua King in the left-hand side of the area. King curling a beauty into the right-hand side of the goal.

Then in the 93rd minute the long season seemed to catch up with Kevin Long. Rather than clear the ball when under minimal pressure, the big defender instead fell over, allowing Jertmaine Defoe to race through on goal. Defoe unselfishly teeing up Callum Wilson to slot home the winner.

Given the remarkable season they have had, Burnley were entitled to the odd late blip or two, and in truth they did seem to run out of steam in the second half here as Bournemouth turned things around. To finish seventh and qualify for the Europa League is nevertheless a magnificent achievement and Sean Dyche fully deserves his place on the manager of the year shortlist.

Another solid season from Bournemouth, with Eddie How another manager who does incredibly well on a relatively small budget. The Cherries finish a respectable 12th.

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