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‘Burnley Have Managed To Turn Things Around’

Chris Boden, Sports Editor at Burnley Express, believes Saturday’s opponents have a good fighting chance of retaining their Premier League status.
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- Burnley have given themselves a chance to survive in the Premier League, says Burnley Express’ Chris Boden
- The Clarets sit two points above the relegation zone with eight games to play
- Boden says Burnley have been productive after scoring the first goal in games this season

Currently in a relegation scrap with eight fixtures to play, the Clarets have lost their previous three outings, but enjoyed an eight-game unbeaten league run prior to those defeats.

Boden believes Burnley’s fortunes have improved since the turn of the year, with some productive performances leading to Huddersfield Town, Fulham, Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur.

“I don’t think anyone thought they were home and dry, but since the 5-1 defeat at home to Everton on Boxing Day, they’ve managed to turn things round,” said Boden.

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“They put together an eight-game unbeaten run and probably could have taken more points during that run.

“They scored a winning goal in the last minute at Watford that was ruled out for offside and they were 2-0 up at Old Trafford with three minutes to play and ended up drawing.

“It’s given them a fighting chance to survive, which probably, if you go back to August and being involved in the Europa League, would be a success really.”

Boden feels Saturday’s fixture could go either way given the form of both sides, with City targeting a first away win under Brendan Rodgers.   

“It’s another tough game in the Premier League,” said Boden. “It’s another knife-edge game. All the results could happen, really. You could see Leicester coming and winning, you can see Burnley winning, particularly if you get the first goal.

In terms of home form, they actually took more points away from home last season, which is staggering. Traditionally, Turf Moor is pretty strong for Burnley.

Chris BodenBurnley Express

“I know they’ve dropped 10 points from winning position this season, which is more than they have done in the last couple of seasons. They’re particularly strong statistically when they do get the first goal.

“In terms of home form, they actually took more points away from home last season, which is staggering. Traditionally, Turf Moor is pretty strong for Burnley. Fans and players often say Turf Moor isn’t the most hospitable in terms of the conditions.”

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