As it happened: Burnley 1-1 Sheffield United in 2020 Premier League


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And that's a wrap!

I've been Jonny Bentley (@sportsjonny on Twitter) and I hope that I was able to keep you up-to-date and entertained on this clash. Have a good afternoon and keep following VAVEL for the latest football news and reactions! 
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Final Comments

Two teams who have overachieved played out a very close encounter. There was a lack of gravitas in the tie as both teams are well clear of relegation but the distant hope of a European spot helps to spur both teams on. 
14:035 months ago

Instant Ratings

Burnley: Pope 7; Bardsley 7, Long 7, Tarkowski 8, Taylor 6; McNeil 6, Brownhill 7, Westwood 7, Pieters 6; Rodriguez 6, Vydra 6. 

Subs used: Wood 6, Gudmundsson n/a.


Sheffield United: Henderson 6; Basham 7, Egan 8, Robinson 6; Baldock 7, Berge 7, Norwood 7, Osborn 7, Stevens 8; McGoldrick 7, McBurnie 6. 

Subs used: Sharp 7, O'Connell 6, Mousset 6, Rodwell 5.

13:565 months ago

Tactical Flexibility

Wilder went to a back-four and that helped to alter the dynamic of the match. He is known for in-game tactical fluidity and that eventually paid dividends today. 

Dyche will be content but, as I noted, that McNeil miss was huge. That was a moment which would have buoyed the visitors. 

13:535 months ago

Full Time: Burnley 1-1 Sheffield United

Probably a fair result on balance. The visitors had more of the ball and more territorial advantage but Burnley had good chances. McNeil should have killed the game but he missed a golden opportunity with the goal gaping. That was costly as Egan smashed in a terrific equaliser. 
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Burnley 1-1 Sheffield United

90+1: It's a long-range shot for Pieters who hits a loose ball first-time but Henderson is down early to parry his strike around the post.
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Burnley 1-1 Sheffield United

88: Long bundles Mousset over and it's an inviting free-kick, just outside the box for United. The ball is rolled to Berge but his shot is straight at Pope.
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85: Very even right now. Wood offers Burnley more height than Vydra and, therefore, is a better focal point. United still pressing and they want the three points.
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Burnley 1-1 Sheffield United

80: GOAL FOR SHEFFIELD UNITED! Stunning finish by Egan. Wilder's men work a corner to the edge of the box and Osborn floats a ball into Sharp. The substitute flicks it on and the big defender latches onto the ball, slamming a volley into the top corner. Sumptuous finish from a centre-half! 
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77: Rodriguez thunders a bouncing ball at goal from over 30-yards. Again, it's an unconvincing parry from Henderson and McNeil is following-up but, with the goal gaping, Burnley's talented winger drills his shot wide.
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75: Rodwell for Basham. Midfielder for defender. Wilder mixing it up. 
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71: Mousset for McBurnie as well. Changes for both teams in attack.
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70: Snapshot from Rodriguez, turning and shooting form outside the box but his effort is well wide. 
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69: Wood for Vydra. Size and strength over speed and wiliness. 
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68: Drinks break 2.0. The visitors are having more of the play but Burnley are happy to sit deep and contain. 
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64: Burnley break with pace and Vydra finds Westwood on the edge of the box. The midfielder's flick to Rodriguez is just off cue, though, and the Blades can easily clear. Wasted opportunity. 
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62: Stevens gets into the final third and his whipped ball deflects off Bardsley and almost into the path of Sharp. Burnley survive. 
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60: Cat and mouse now for United. They want to push people forward to attack but will be aware of the threat in-behind of Vydra and Rodriguez. 
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56: Three forwards on the pitch for United now: McGoldrick, McBurnie and Sharp. None of them are traditional wingers but expect two of them to play as wide-forward options in a 3-4-2-1, perhaps. 
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54: Subs for Sheffield United. O'Connell and Sharp are on for Norwood and Robinson. A slight reshuffle from Wilder. 
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53: Westwood has gone down with a slight knock but he appears fine. Taylor, too, looked to be feeling the strain slightly after a Berge tackle. Two tough cookies, though, it would seem and they're playing on.
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48: Strong start by the Blades. Baldock's deflected shot causes mayhem in the box but Taylor manages to clear!
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46: Back underway!
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Half Time: Burnley 1-0 Sheffield United

The Blades have played some neat stuff but have lacked a cutting edge. Their lack of goals from strikers is certainly something that has slightly held them back throughout the course of the season. They're missing the late runs of Fleck and Lundstram. Nonetheless, McGoldrick and McBurnie have been heavily involved in the link-up play.
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Half-Time: Burnley 1-0 Sheffield United

Kudos to Long who has come in for Burnley and played pretty well. He was almost caught out in the first minute but the defender has grown into the game. He played an excellent cross-field pass to Pieters later in the half which was symptomatic of his rise in composure. 
12:545 months ago

Half-Time: Burnley 1-0 Sheffield United

Right, I need the bathroom and you should make a brew or open another can! All to play for in the second period. 
12:525 months ago

Half-Time: Burnley 1-0 Sheffield United

It's a slender lead at half-time for Burnley. A hard fought match with little between the two teams. A well taken Tarkowski goal has been crucial. 
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45: The wind seems to be holding the ball back and Burnley are using that to their advantage. They're playing direct balls up to the strikers and those passes are rarely going out of play.
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43: GOAL FOR BURNLEY! McNeil bends a free-kick into the box and Rodriguez flicks the ball on for Tarkowski. The Burnley defender ghosts in-front of McBurnie and Henderson to prod the ball home. 
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40: Robinson bends a fast-paced ball across the near post but McBurnie's flick sails over the top.
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38: Bardsley with a shot in anger for the Clarets. His 30-yard piledriver was awkwardly parried by Henderson and the ball fell narrowly wide of Rodriguez's midriff. 
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35: Norwood whips in a lovely corner and Egan rises the highest but he couldn't keep his header on target. 
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33: Burnley have been controlling much of the play in the last 10 minutes but United have just carved out the best chance of that period. Norwood with a first-time cross into Berge but his header is over the bar. 
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30: It's windy and that's making it difficult to play direct balls. Both teams are passing it around on the deck but are struggling to play that killer pass. 
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24: Drinks break. I think I'd take a hot coffee over a cold water in these conditions!
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22: McGoldrick played a beautiful pass with the outside of his boot to Stevens. The wing-back's shot took a deflection off Bardsley and hit the side-netting. 
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20: Some good balls into the box from both teams. As it is, not quite the killer instinct from either side. 
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17: The game has slowed down a touch now. A big chance a-piece means that both teams will feel slightly frustrated. Vydra and McBurnie will be feeling rather disappointed. 
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11: A small moment of VAR checking as to whether the ball struck Pieters on the hand. The Burnley man mistimed his clearance and saw the ball strike him on the edge of the arm. Would have been harsh to award a penalty. Play goes on. 
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10: Huge chance for Burnley. A nice counter-attack from the Clarets sees Vydra played in on goal but the Czech striker slides his effort wide with Henderson closing him down. Great ball to play him in by Pieters. 
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Burnley 0-0 Sheffield United

9: It has been a bright start by Sheffield United. Lots of energy and flexibility already. Stevens is an outlet on the left. 
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Burnley 0-0 Sheffield United

6: It looks like Tarkowski has shifted into Mee's position as the left centre-back. Long was caught out early on in that position but it now looks as though he's going to sit on the right of the two.
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Burnley 0-0 Sheffield United

4: Pope misjudges Stevens' throw and Berge bundles the ball home. The keeper is adjudged to have been fouled, though, and the Clarets get a free-kick. 
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Burnley 0-0 Sheffield United

1: Quick start from the visitors. McBurnie running onto a cute flick from McGoldrick but his shot is straight at Pope. Huge opening so early on. Long was drawn into McGoldrick and easily turned by the flick. 
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1: And we're off! The referee for today's game is Peter Banks.
11:565 months ago

Close to Kick-off

This will be a closely fought game between two highly-regarded English managers. There should be no lack of effort from either team. The tactical fluidity of United, constantly making spare men in the final-third, could be important. 

Burnley are traditionally quite structured in their 4-4-2 but that also has its benefits, particularly from a defensively structural point-of-view. There might not be too many goals but it's tough to see either team storming ahead. 

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"He's my pal"

Wilder is full of love for his opposite manager. He says that Burnley are used as a source of inspiration for his players. There is a lot of love here!
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Tactical Outlook

The Blades had lost their fluidity through the lines until an excellent victory against Spurs. Now, you'd expect the wide centre-backs to make runs into the final third, trying to stretch Burnley's defence. 

The Clarets will have the direct option of Rodriguez with Vydra pulling away. However, with a good technical midfield duo of Brownhill and Westwood, there is the option to play through the lines. 

11:355 months ago

Team Reaction

Wilder will be happy to welcome Robinson back into the team but the losses of Lundstram and Fleck are massive. Two men who are good at making late runs from midfield and scoring goals. 
11:335 months ago

Tean Reaction

Burnley will be happy to welcome back Wood, Gudmundsson and Brady but it's bittersweet for Dyche. The Burnley manager is without his Mee, his skipper and the man who got the winner against Palace. 
11:305 months ago

Sheffield United Team

Henderson; Basham, Egan, Robinson; Baldock, Osborn, Norwood, Berge, Stevens; McGoldrick, McBurnie

Subs: Moore, O'Connell, Sharp, Jagielka, Freeman, Mousset, Rodwell, Zivkovic.

11:295 months ago

Burnley Team

Pope, Bardsley, Tarkowski, Long, Taylor; McNeil, Brownhill, Westwood, Pieters; Rodriguez, Vydra.

Subs: Peacock-Farrell, Gudmundsson, Wood, Brady, Thompson, Dunne, Thomas, Benson, Goodridge.

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Stay tuned

That’s it for now, but the live text commentary will resume around one hour before kick-off as we bring you the team news.
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How to watch

The game at Turf Moor will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League. It will also be available for free on Pick TV. Kick-off is at 12.00pm on a Sunday. 
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Predicted Line-Ups

Burnley: Pope; Bardsley, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; McNeil, Brownhill, Westwood, Pieters; Rodriguez, Vydra. 

Sheffield United: Henderson; Basham, Egan, Robinson; Baldock, Berge, Norwood, Osborn, Stevens; McBurnie, Mousset. 

19:455 months ago

Chris Wilder on progress

“We took a step forward and the important thing now is to take another against Burnley.

“If we can replicate what Burnley have done for four or five years, I’ll be quite happy, believe me. It’s been an amazing achievement for them to keep going and going.

“We’ve got to go there and take it on again there. We’ve played five already (since the restart) and the fixture list doesn’t get any easier – Burnley, Wolves, Chelsea, Leicester, Everton and Southampton. I’m delighted about that!

“But if we approach it like we did on Thursday, we’ve got nothing to lose.”

19:455 months ago

Sean Dyche on form

“The players who have been out have been regular first-team players for a while now and very good players at that.

“Of course, it does affect your choices and it does affect the group. But there has been a strong resolve to the challenge we have here from all involved.

“Forty-five points is no mean feat at this stage for a club like ours. That’s quite a big marker and we’ve got to stay open-minded to where it can go.

“Obviously, it would be very helpful if we had all those players fit because I think it would be very competitive group and we can change it, whereas at the moment we’re limited with our changes.

“But I am pleased overall. We’ve come through a lot of challenges this season and we continue to work for what we get.”

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Key Battles

Ashley Westwood v Sander Berge

Berge, United's record signing, has had mixed results during his time in England. The Belgian is a physical colossus with technical excellence but is still adjusting to the pace and tempo of the Premier League. His goal against Tottenham was a sign of his talents. The industrious Westwood will have his work cut-out in the middle of the pitch. Two dictators of play. 

Ben Mee v Chris Basham

Mee was outstanding in Burnley's recent win against Crystal Palace: a goal and a dominant defensive display. His footballing brain will be tested, though, with United's fluid system and use of overlapping central defenders. Basham is powerful and very difficult to pick up as a result of that system, bulldozing into pockets of space. 

Jay Rodriguez v John Egan

Rodriguez, with one, has as many goals as anybody in the Burnley team since the restart! Jokes aside, the striker has looked lively and he will be hoping to return to the team after a small injury. Egan is the consistent point-of-reference for the Blades in defence; he sits while others perform their eccentricities. It could be a testing day for the back-three, facing two wily strikers in Rodriguez and Matej Vydra. 

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Team News

Burnley should welcome Rodriguez back to the fold after the striker missed the win at Selhurst Park. However, Jack Cork may be missing after being forced off in that match which could allow Erik Pieters to continue his run at left-midfield. Johann Berg Gudmunsson, Ashley Barnes, Chris Wood, Matt Lowton and Robbie Brady are all still absent. 

The visitors could be without their two John's, Lundstram and Fleck, which could open up some positions in the midfield. Jack O'Connell is pushing for a return to the team on the left of the back-three. 

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Neither team had a particularly good start to the season Premier League resumption. 

Burnley had internal political issues, plane-gate and a 5-0 spanking against Manchester City to contend with on the day that they returned to Premier League action. Not ideal!

However, the Clarets have responded to that adversity in superb fashion. Two steely 1-0 victories against Watford and Crystal Palace have helped to calm the negativity and Burnley are now in touch with a European spot. 

Similarly, Sheffield United harbour aspirations of Europe. Chris Wilder's men have been incredible, defying many people's expectations, but they were a little off-the-pace following the restart. 

Back-to-back 3-0 defeats to Newcastle United and Manchester United looked to have knocked the stuffing out of the players. But an inspired 3-1 victory over Tottenham Hostpur has stopped the rot and boosted the morale within the camp. 

The reverse fixture didn't make good reading for Sean Dyche. The Blades romped to a convincing 3-0 victory with John Lundstram getting two goals. 

Both teams are in the top half and they are both in contention for a UEFA Europa League qualification spot. 

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Hello and welcome

Hello and welcome to VAVEL UK’s live text commentary of this matchday 33 fixture in the Premier League, Burnley vs Sheffield United. Stay tuned for a comprehensive preview followed by live updates from when the match kicks off on Sunday 5 July at 10:00 BST.