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Can Burnley Get Their Season Back on Track Against a Defiant Hull?

Last updated: September 9, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 15:00pm
Venue: Turf Moor
Coverage:
Home form: LWL
Away form: WWL
Last season: Burnley 1 – 0 Hull City
Competition: Premier League

Two of this season’s newly promoted teams will go head-to-head in the fourth weekend of the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign in what is sure to be a fascinating encounter. Burnley haven’t had the smoothest of starts to the season; they’ve only managed one victory from their last three outings, and they suffered a rather heavy defeat against the current table toppers Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their last game. In contrast, Hull have surprised many of their critics by starting the season with a convincing win over last season’s champions Leicester, and then following up with another victory away from home against Swansea. They almost managed to make it three from three until they went down to a late injury-time against Man Utd. in their last game at the KCOM stadium.

This weekend’s home team have looked good at times this season; they bounced back well from disappointing defeat to Swansea at home on the opening day to pull off a memorable win against Liverpool the following week. Burnley had only 19% possession compared to Liverpool’s 21%, yet they still managed to find the net twice, and kept a clean sheet despite Liverpool having 26 attempts at goal.

By all accounts Hull have been impressive this season. They were stubborn against Utd, and showed great spirit in defence. Utd were deserved winners in the end, but good performances from Sam Clucas and Curtis Davies in the midfield, along with Diomande battling hard up front showed that Hull are determined to not be sitting ducks for any team this season. Six new signings this week have also added some much needed depth to Hull’s squad, and we expect to see a few of them get some decent game time off the bench this weekend.


Team News

Burnley’s new signing Jeff Hendrick is expected to make his debut in this weekend’s fixture.

There’s still a question mark over the fitness of midfielder Dean Marney who is still carrying a knock.

Hull have recently signed six new players, including DR Congo striker Dieumerci Mbokani from Norwich city.

Hull’s captain Michael Dawson could be back in action sooner than expected. After suffering a knee ligament injury in a preseason fixture he was expected to be sidelined until November – rumors now say he may be ready for the clash against Chelsea on October 1.


Expected line-ups:

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Burnley 4-1-4-1: Heaton, Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward, Boyd, Hendrick, Defour, Arfield, Gray, Vokes.
Subs Kightly, Robinson, Jutkiwicz, Gudmundsson, Tarkowski, Darikwa, O’Neil.
Injured: Ashley Barnes Gundogan, Sagna, Sane, Kompany, Iheanacho.
Doubtful: Marney
Not available: –
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Hull 4-3-3: Jakupovic, Elmohamady, Livermore, Davies, Robertson, Huddleston, Clucas, Meyler, Snodgrass, Hernández, Diomande.
Subs Tymon, Marshall, Maguire, Weir, Henriksen, Bowen, Mbokani.
Injured: Bruce, Odubaj, Luer.
Doubtful:
Not available: –

So far this season

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Burnley FC this season Hull City this season
13th League Position 5th
2 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 2 (1)
2-0 vs. Liverpool Biggest win 2-0 vs. Swansea
0 (at home) Draws (away) 0
3-0 vs. Chelsea Biggest Defeat 1-0 vs. Man U
Andre Gray (1) Sam Vokes (1) Top scorer Adama Diomande (3)
Andre Gray (1) Assist Leader Shuan Maloney (2)
Y3, R0 Discipline Y3, R0
2 Failures to score 1
1 Clean Sheets 1
0 Both Teams to Score Games 1
1 Over 2.5 Games 2
2 Under 2.5 Games 1
  • Burnley have had a shaky start to season and have struggled to find the back of the net. They’ve managed 2 goals in all three outings, both of which were scored against liverpool in the second game.
  • Burnley suffered a pretty heavy defeat in their last Premier League outing. They were comfortably beaten by the current table leaders Chelsea 3-0 at Stamford Bridge. 
  • Hull’s bigget deafeat of the season came in their last Premier League fixture against Man Utd where they conceded an late goal in injury time – it was also their first defeat of the season. 
  • We are expecting to see Hull field a different squad this weekend and give some of their new signings some game time off the bench.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
06/02/2016 Championship Burnley 1 – 0 Hull  Vokes 77′
26/12/2015 Premier League Hull 3 – 0 Burnley Livermore 57′
09/05/2015 Premier League Hull 0 – 1 Burnley Ings 62′
08/11/2014 Premier League Burnley 1 – 0 Hull Barnes 50′
01/03/2014 Championship Burnley 0 – 1 Hull Quinn 66′

Conclusion

Most bookies have tipped Burnley as the slight favourites this weekend. Despite their home advantage however, we feel as though Hull will continue their good run of form and manage a draw at the Turf Moor. If you’re on the hunt for the best odds prices for this fixture, we recommend heading over to bet365. Current odds prices are 7/5 For Burnley to win, 11/5 for a draw and 12/5 for an away victory.