What Could Go Wrong? Burnley 18/19 Season Preview

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Burnley’s surprising seventh-place finish earned them a trip to the Euro League play-in stage. It’s the small club dream, and now, they’ll try to replicate their historic feat.

Who’s In?

  • Ben Gibson — 25 — Center Back — Middlesbrough — $17.5M
  • Matej Vydra — 26 — Center Forward — Derby — $12.6M
  • Joe Hart — 31 — Goalkeeper — Manchester City — $4M

Who’s Out?

  • Tom Anderson — 24 — Center Back — Doncaster Rovers — Free
  • Scott Arfield — 29 — Left Midfielder — Rangers — Free
  • Dean Marney — 34 — Midfielder — Fleetwood Town — Free
  • Chris Long — 23 — Center Forward — Fleetwood Town — Free

European Chances

Back-to-back  wouldn’t that be something? They should be pursuing higher feats this season but were quiet in the transfer window.

As noted, they are in Europe this season which means more games even though their squad depth is similar to what they had last season. They did add Ben Gibson in defense and Matej Vydra as an attacking option to give Chris Wood relief.

Will it be enough? We’ll get to this later, but the odds-makers don’t think so.

When Will Your Manager Be Fired

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Nope, never. Can’t. Well. What if they crash out of Europe before group play and lose 10 straight before getting a point? I guess you should never say never. But Burnley will be strong enough to last in the Premier League this season so Sean Dyche will be safe.

Which Player Will A Bigger Club Poach?

I’m breaking a rule to say Sean Dyche will get poached. Dyche has been at Burnley since 2012 and don’t think for a second that hasn’t played into his success. He’s been around long enough to implement his system, get the right players, and drill into their heads his defensive psychology.

That’s a valuable asset going forward. Look around the Premier League and you see elite attacking football. It’s the modern game and fans love it. So do I. You can bet Dyche doesn’t. He’s not anti-football, he’s anti-new wave, meaning he has the formula to stop the high-flying athleticism and technical ability found in the Premier League.

Dyche’s tenure has helped get his system in place at Burnley, so that why I think it would be foolish for a bigger club, who want results as soon as possible, to go after him. But don’t underestimate the stupidity of sports owners and decision-makers. In a second, they will talk themselves into the “why can’t he do that here?” mindset and make a massive move for one of the greatest success stories surround a manager.

Unknown to Household

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Twenty-five-year-old center back Ben Gibson. Signed from Middlesbrough over the summer for $19.8M. I think he’s going to fit perfectly for what Dyche wants and he has the technical ability to make early mistakes and make up for them. When it’s all said and done this season, Gibson could be the big star in defense for Burnley. 

Relegation Odds

4/1 – Shocking, really. They have the sixth best odds to get relegated, and there’s a wide gap until you get to the next team down Bournemouth.

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