Project Restart: Burnley
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The Premier League will restart on June 17 with Burnley's first game back on Monday 22nd against Manchester City

Burnley will restart the league in 10th on 39 points with an outside shot of European football possible, but unlikely. Their fixture list is kind with only two of the traditional top six left to play, however those two are Man City and Liverpool away from home. 

Squad Update

Apart form assistant manager Ian Woan , no other cases of COVID-19 were reported with in the Clarets camp. Even better news came late in may when Robbie Brady, who was out of contract this summer, extended his stay in East Lancashire by another year. 

There are no new injury concerns either. Jay Rodriguez is expected back in the squad after his knee injury against Tottenham, Johann Berg Gudmundsson is hopeful of a return after a long stint out due to injury and finally Matt Lowton and Ashley Barnes are both hit and miss regarding a return for the last nine games.   

Form

Burnley are having another strong season, currently 10th they are unbeaten in their last seven Premier League outings. 

In their five consecutive seasons in the top flight Burnley have only finished in the top half once, finishing in a European spot. They still have to face Man City and Liverpool but apart from that they host Watford, Sheffield United, Wolves and Brighton. On the road they have to travel to Crystal Palace for a big game in the fight for a top-half finish. After that they go away to West Ham and finally Norwich.

Most fans will be expecting wins from all of these except the big two and Wolves and their demands aren't out of place, Burnley have kept 11 clean sheets and scored 34 goals in the Premier League this season. This may sound low but the Claret's have won five games by one goal and have drawn 6 this season.

Hope should be had for the two games against City and Liverpool as well as Burnley have beaten Manchester United and Leicester this season whilst also drawing with Tottenham and Arsenal since the turn of the new year. 

Final Verdict

In truth, it has been another strong season for Sean Dyche and his men as a top-half place looms. The interruption from COVID-19, purely on a on-pitch basis, could be beneficial to the club as key players return and form means less than ever before. The Claret's could pounce on the restart and set their targets on that top 10 finish they know they can achieve.

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