Burnley vs Swansea City Preview: Swans' new captain and new signings to face newly-promoted Clarets

New will be the word of the day at Turf Moor tomorrow.

Burnley vs Swansea City Preview: Swans' new captain and new signings to face newly-promoted Clarets
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The new Premier League season begins tomorrow, with new teams, new managers and new players ready to entertain the masses - some, at new stadiums.

'New' will be the word of the weekend, up and down the country, in the top flight - and that will be no different at Burnley's Turf Moor, where the newly-promoted side host Swansea City.

With a total of eight new signings potentially in action, the fans will be eagerly awaiting the revealing of the two starting line-ups.

Contrasting transfer business

Swansea have had a busy summer with regards to the transfer market, seeing five names added to their senior squad while six have been wiped off of it.

Burnley, on the other hand, have been surprisingly quiet. Bar Joey Barton's Rangers move and Michael Duff's retirement, they have more or less the same squad as last year - just with three new signings thrown on top.

Having gone a bit transfer mad in the summer of 2014 though, ahead of his Clarets' promotion to the top tier, Sean Dyche has clearly learned lessons. Burnley would be relegated in lacklustre fashion that season, but he has the rare opportunity of a second go at the task now, having stayed at the helm and guided the club to an instant return to the Premier League.

Dyche's new signings build on the strong group he can already boast, whereas Francesco Guidolin's business has been required due to departures.

The clearout in the attacking department has seen every player who played as a number nine for the Swans last term leave, with Spanish duo Fernando Llorente and Borja Baston arriving as a direct result of this.

Meanwhile, Mike van der Hoorn will look to fill the Ashley Williams-shaped hole in the centre of defence - or at least do his best to, such will be the size of the task.

After nine years in Swansea white, the sight of Ashley Williams in Everton blue will take some getting used to. Can Mike van der Horn cushion the blow of his departure? (Photo: Everton FC)
After nine years in Swansea white, the sight of Ashley Williams in Everton blue will take some getting used to. Can Mike van der Horn cushion the blow of his departure? (Photo: Everton FC)

Contrasting aims and expectations

Perhaps their transfer business mirrors this, but the targets for these two for the coming season will be very different too.

After an indifferent 2015-16, Swansea will be looking to return to the comforts of mid-table and stage a push for European football this term, as opposed to scrapping it out near the relegation places again.

The names of Llorente and Baston show that they have ambition, and that these players see it too, with Guidolin looking to make his mark in South Wales now in his first full season in charge.

Burnley, meanwhile, will simply be looking to stay up. If the 40 point is surpassed earlier than expected, these aims may change, but that will be the goal from the off as they look to lay a foundation on which they can go on to become a staple of Premier League.

But an evenly matched affair anticipated

After positive pre-season campaigns for both, they will take confidence into their season openers as they look to add wins to a very close head-to-head record in this fixture.

The history between these two suggests we are in for quite an evenly-matched contest, with five Swansea wins, three Burnley wins, and two draws coming from their 10 encounters.

Two of the Swans' five victories came in the 2014-15 season, when the Clarets were relegated back down to the Championship but still tough customers in successive 1-0 defeats.