Bottom of the table Burnley look to get their first win of the season up against a Hull City side coming off the back of a narrow defeat to Southampton, Gavin Bergin is here with a preview of the match.
The Clarets’ early season habit of drawing games has faded away and they now find themselves coming into this one off the back three consecutive defeats. There are now concerns that Sean Dyche’s men may be headed towards taking the title of ‘lowest ever points total in a Premier League season’ away from the wretched Derby side of the 2007/08 season.
They’re currently not in line to take on this title, if they manage to keep up their average points so far this season, but it’s very much touch and go at the moment. The fact Dyche can still appear so positive in all his media appearances is somewhat admirable, but he’s fooling nobody if he thinks they believe he expects his side to achieve safety this season.
Having spent next to nothing in Premier League terms in the summer, it’s clear that the Burnley hierarchy will not be changing that policy come January. In saying that, they do now have a run of games where they may manage to pick up their first win of the season.
The game against Hull precedes a run of games that sees them travel to Stoke and QPR, and host Villa and Newcastle at Turf Moor. If they don’t win one of these upcoming games, it’ll potentially be a very long time before they do as they face a much tougher set of fixtures following those match-ups.
Hull enter into this game having drawn their last three away games, seemingly having put a somewhat slow start to the season behind them with those draws coming at Newcastle, Arsenal, and Liverpool.
A trip to Turf Moor should hold no fears for Steve Bruce’s men with that kind of form, particularly when one considers their single away win of the season came at QPR on the opening day, a team who sit just above Burnley in the table. Bruce’s main men this season have been new signings Mo Diame and Abel Hernandez, along with January signing Nikica Jelavic.
The trio have contributed 11 goals between them in the Premier league this season, out of a total of 13 goals that Hull have scored so far. Jelavic is a doubt for tomorrow’s game but Bruce will be confident that his two summer signings can do enough between them to trouble Burnley.
Burnley to continue their search for a first win. Amazingly there has only ever been one draw in 18 meetings between these two sides, and tomorrow doesn’t look like adding to that one draw. A narrow win for Hull.
Burnley 1 – 2 Hull City
Gavin Bergin, Pundit Arena