Can Andre Gray make the cut?
Sean Dyche leads his Burnley boys into the Premier League off the back of an extraordinary run of 23 games unbeaten in the league since Boxing Day 2015. The Clarets really hit the ground running at the turn of the year bagging 12 goals in a 3 game spell in January before showing some grit and determination at the business end of the season to grind out results to see them over the line. This flexibility in approach could prove pivotal if they are to survive in the Premier League.
Andre Gray weighed in with 25 goals last campaign and it will be interesting to see how he manages the step up to the Premier League. The pacey forward was still plying his trade in the conference two years ago for Luton Town, but he has all the attributes to suggest that he could be a handful for top quality defenders. A proven goal scorer is something all promoted teams need and if Gray takes to the league like a duck to water, you can grab best price 5/2 for Burnley to be the highest finishing promoted club.
Burnley fans may be a little concerned however at the lack of movement in the transfer window so far. Having only brought in a couple of Charlton’s best performers last season in Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Nick Pope, many will be calling for them to spend a little more of the money they earned from promotion to the Premier League. Middlesbrough are currently splashing the cash and making their intentions to stay up this year clear and, as things stand, look better equipped to do so.
December could well prove to be an important month for Burnley with Bournemouth, Middlesbrough and Sunderland all to visit Turf Moor within the festive period. Victories in games against those in around you in the table are pivotal to any team’s survival hopes and with Hull, Watford and Swansea also making the trip to Lancashire before the turn of the year, Burnley’s fate could all but well be decided before the fireworks are ignited on the 31st.