Fer's tap-in wins it late on for Swansea

Fer's tap-in wins it late on for Swansea
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Swansea City
Burnley: (4-4-2) Heaton; Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward; Arfield (Gudmundsson 75'), Marney, Jones (Jutkiewicz 87'), Boyd; Vokes, Gray.
Swansea City: (4-3-3) Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Amat, Kingsley; Cork, Britton (Sigurdsson 60'), Fer; Barrow (Montero 64'), Llorente, Routledge (Rangel 87').
SCORE: 0-1, Fer 82'.
REFEREE: Jon Moss (Durham). Booked: Jones (42'), Amat (53'), Ward (67'), Lowton (80'), Fernandez (90').

An eventful and entertaining encounter at Turf Moor is decided by Fer's late tap-in. It was a game that could have went either way, but it has fallen for the Swans and that's just what Guidolin would have wanted. Slightly harsh on Burnely, though. I've been Jonathan Walsh, stay with VAVEL as we keep you up to date across this and the rest of the day's Premier League action.


90+5' It comes to nothing as Fabianski collects.

90+4' One final chance? Llorente commits a needless foul in a dangerous area..

90+1' WHAT A SAVE! Gudmunsson's initial strike hits the wall but the rebound is hammered back in with interest, and Fabianski somehow turns Marney's effort away to safety. Superb goalkeeping.

90' A late chance from a free-kick to come for Burnley, after Fernandez hacks down Jutkiewicz and sees yellow. Four minutes added on.

87' Final Swansea change sees Routledge make way for Angel Rangel. Time to shut up shop. Burnley also bring on Jutkiewicz for Jones.

Some great play down the left sees a superb ball whipped into Llorente, and his flicked header takes a deflection off Mee's arm. Heaton does well to save initially, but can't do anything about Leroy Fer tapping home the rebound. 1-0!


80' YELLOW - Lowton next into the book after bringing down Montero. Sigurdsson's free-kick comes to nothing.

79' Chance! Llorente rises highest to meet Montero's cross and heads just past the post, perhaps should have done better.

75' Substitution: The first Burnley change of the day sees Gudmundsson replace Arfield.

74' The crowd are on their feet! Roger East does well to let the play flow with both teams going at it to get their first goal of the season. All set for an exciting end.

71' Gray does brilliantly well to hold the ball up for his incoming team-mates and finds Ward, though his cross is just too high for the incoming Jones.

67' The most anticipated yellow of the day comes for Ward, as he hacks down Montero; he recently replaced Barrow.

64' What a miss! The ball gets flicked on from Sigurdsson's corner and ends up in the middle of the six yard box, but Federico Fernandez wastes a glorious opportunity as he skies his shot.

60' Substitution: Sigurdsson on for Britton.

59' SAVE! Fine stop from Fabianski to deny Vokes, as the Welsh forward smashes an inviting, dropping ball towards goal. It swerves towards the bottom corner, but the Pole manages to claw it away.

57' It's all happening now! Fabianski comes out of his area to deal with a long ball and has to make two vital sliding tackles, but is angered after he feels the second caught his shin. Nothing doing.

55' CHANCE! Fabianski stuck in goal with Ward blocking him in, meaning the ball flights all the way to the back post. Keane arrives but can't head home from just a few yards out. 

53' YELLOW - Amat goes into the book after grabbing a sizeable chunk of Andre Gray and hanging on for dear life.

51' Chances at either end! Barrow can't capitalise after Heaton fails to clear a cross, with Mee doing well to block. At the other end, Marney loops a header narrowly over the bar.

50' Some back-and-forth to start the second half. All quiet so far. 

46' Back underway at Turf Moor, with no changes for either side.

Half-time - Burnley 0-0 Swansea City

45' OFF THE LINE! Swansea comes inches away from opening the scoring as Amat glances a header towards the back post, only for Arfield to clear off the line. One minute added on.

42' YELLOW - Dave Jones picks up the game's first booking, no-one is quite sure what for.

41' SAVE! Lovely counter-attacking football from Burnley sees Gray go one-on-one with Naughton, before skipping past the full-back. His resulting shot is trong but parried well by Fabianski.

38' Barrow's mazy run almost produces an opportunity to cross but he us shut down. This should prove to be an interesting battle between the Swansea winger and Lowton.

35' Big chance for Swansea! Routledge is found in the middle by Barrow after the two swap wings, though he can't connect properly and the chance is gone.

33' Gray gets in behind the Swansea defence for the first time but snatches at a tough volley chance and fires wildly over.

31' Curse of the commentator! The midfielder comes close to scoring from a corner as Fabianski fumbles at his near post. That's sparked a reaction from the crowd!

29' Burnley are banking on set-pieces making a difference today,but are yet to find any joy from Jones' deliveries.

25' A fourth rather cynical foul of the half from Ward. Surely Roger East has to pull out a yellow card soon?

22' First shot on target! Some poor play at the back sees space open up in front of the back four, but Llorente fails to spot Barrow in space and shoots straight at Heaton instead.

20' For whatever reason, the game has hit a wall in the last five minutes and now both sides are struggling to get anything going in an attacking sense.

15' The hosts have relieved some of that now with a few hopeful balls beginning to stick to Andre Gray. Good show of resilience from Dyche's side.

13' Pressure beginning to grow on Burnley, as Llorente heads over from Barrow's cross. The Clarets did well to deal with the initial danger from a free-kick.

10' Early penalty appeal on Ward, who seems to be involved in everything not-so-good for Burnely at the moment. Correctly waved away.

9' Barrow still looks to be the Swans' bright spark and a good run and cross is initially cut out, though he fires it back in and Llorente heads straight at Heaton.

5' An even opening by all accounts. Both sides happy to come forward which should bode for a good game.

2' Promising early signs for Barrow has steams round Ward only to be hauled back by the defender. Perhaps lucky to escape a card.

Kick-off! It's time to get started for the 2016-17 season, with Swansea taking kick-off at Turf Moor.

14:55. The teams are out and we're about to get underway!

14:50. Just ten minutes away from kick-off! Be sure to tweet @VAVEL with any predictions!

14:40. Swansea won both meetings between the sides in that season, but we should expect goals on either side today. Burnley have only failed to score once in their last 18 opening day fixtures, while the Swans' last five have produced 21 goals.

14:30. The last time these two met at this ground was two years ago, when a Tom Heaton own goal handed Swansea a slender 1-0 win. Will it be a repeat performance today?

14:25. Today's early kick-off has seen Leicester City start their title defence with a defeat. Hull City toppled the Foxes 2-1, thanks to goals from Abel Hernandez and Robert Snodgrass. Riyad Mahrez got Leicester's goal from the spot.

14:20. Here are today's benches, too! Burnley: Robinson; Kightly, Jutkiewicz, Ulvestad, Gudmundsson, Tarkowski, Darikwa. Swansea: Nordtfeldt, Rangel, van der Hoorn, Fulton, Dyer, Montero, Sigurdsson.

14:10. And today's hosts, Burnley: (4-4-2) Heaton; Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward; Arfield, Marney, Jones, Boyd; Vokes, Gray.

14:00. Time for team news! Let's start off with Swansea: (4-3-3) Fabianski; Naughton, Fernandez, Amat, Kingsley; Cork, Britton, Fer; Barrow, Llorente, Routledge.

Now you're up to speed with everything coming into the game, join us again at 2pm for team news and further build-up to today's tussle. If you want some further reading, Ameé Ruszkai's excellent preview will tie you over in the meantime.

Burnley predicted line-up: (4-4-2) Heaton; Lowton, Keane, Mee, Ward; Gudmundsson, Marney, Jones, Boyd; Vokes, Gray.

Swansea City predicted line-up: (4-2-3-1) Fabianski; Rangel, Fernandez, van der Hoorn, Taylor; Fer, Cork; Dyer, Sigurdsson, Routledge; Llorente.

The fears of the Swansea faithful were laid to rest - in part - this week as the club finally spent money on the forwards they needed. Fernando Llorente arrived from Juventus for around £5m and Borja Baston cost the Swans upwards of £15m from Atlético Madrid. They join Leroy Fer, Mike van der Hoorn and Mark Birighitti as they new faces to come into the side. While the departures of Éder and Alberto Paloschi have now been covered, the gaps left by André Ayew and Ashley Williams will take some filling.

Unlike Swansea, it has been a rather understated transfer window for Burnley. They have kept key players at the club, with only the likes of Joey Barton, Matthew Taylor and Lloyd Dyer leaving on free transfers. Johann Berg Gudmundsson and Nick Pope both arrived from Chartlon Atheltic in deals totalling almost £5m, and are the only two players to join permanently. Jon Flanagan is the other arrival, joining on a loan deal from Liverpool.

Both sides will be at full-strength, in terms of players available, on Saturday. Swansea have no players injured or suspended for the game, with Burnley only missing Ashley Barnes with an ACL problem. However, it is highly unlikely he would have forced his way into the starting line-up past Andre Gray and Sam Vokes.

Burnley celebrate their title win. | Image source: Sky Sports
Burnley celebrate their title win. | Image source: Sky Sports

As previously mentioned, the winds of change are sweeping through south Wales and have seen Swansea lose some of their most recognisable names. André Ayew is the big-name departure from the attack, though that will not compare to the loss of Ashley Williams at centre-back. Having been at the Liberty Stadium since 2008, the club captain will be sorely missed and Guidolin will have to act quickly in order to make up for his move to Everton.

Sean Dyche's side will be confident of beating the drop this year after an imperious season saw them comfortably promoted and also crowned winners of the Championship. They finished four points ahead of Middlesbrough, spurred on by Andre Gray's remarkable goalscoring tally of 25. It was not just in attack that the team shone, as Tom Heaton claimed 20 clean sheets from 46 games and both Ben Mee and Michael Keane earned plenty of plaudits at the heart of defence.

Good afternoon and welcome to VAVEL's live text commentary of Burnley's game against Swansea City on the first Premier League matchday of the 2016-17 season. The Clarets will be keen to finally make it more than one-season-stay in the top flight, and to do that they will need to make Turf Moor the proverbial fortress that so many pundits talk about. As for the Swans, it looks set to be a term of transition in what will be Francesco Guidolin's first full campaign in charge.