Turf Moor - Premier League
Burnley welcome Bournemouth to Turf Moor on the final day of the Premier League season, with the visitors still having plenty to play for. Although the Clarets are guaranteed to finish in seventh place, the Cherries can finish as high as 10th and as low as 15th.
Bournemouth have only beaten Burnley once in their last nine attempts, which came in the final fixture of last season at the Vitality. However, that spell dates back to 1999 when the teams were both in League One, so much has changed since. Burnley were 2-1 winners on the south coast back in November, and won 3-2 at Turf Moor in last season’s corresponding fixture.
Sean Dyche could be without as many as six players, including important forwards Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood. Ben Mee, Scott Arfield, Steven Defour and Robbie Brady make up the other absentees for the home team.
Visiting boss Eddie Howe has a much cleaner bill of health, with Junior Stanislas the only player who’s definitely out. However, Harry Arter is rated as doubtful for the trip north, while Adam Smith is also in a race to be fit.
Burnley v Bournemouth Preview and Predictions
These two teams have had very different campaigns to each other, but both are looking to end their season on a high this weekend. Burnley’s performances will bring European football to Turf Moor next term, while Bournemouth are looking for a finish in the top half of the table.
Even though they took a pasting at the hands of Arsenal last weekend, there should be no cause for pessimism in Burnley’s ranks. They could’ve gone level on points if they’d beaten the Gunners, which would’ve been some achievement going into the final week of the season.
It’s still been a fantastic campaign for the Clarets though, and they start this one as the favourites in the betting. At 23/20, the odds are quite tempting considering how good Dyche’s side have been this season. Although they’ve lost more games at home than they have away from Turf Moor, only one of those was against a team lower than them in the table.
That could bring Bournemouth into play for this one, although the Cherries have only won three times on the road themselves so far this term. They are 14/5 to pick up a fourth away victory on Sunday, while it’s 12/5 if you think the game will end in a draw.
Burnley to win to nil at 13/5
The Clarets have only conceded 15 goals at home all season. Four of their seven home wins have been by a 1-0 scoreline, and another of those is priced at 13/2.
Jermain Defoe to score and Bournemouth to win at 9/2
This season hasn’t been anywhere near as productive for Defoe as the last couple. After two campaigns where he netted 15 times in each, he goes into Sunday’s game with just four goals.