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Bournemouth v Burnley

5th April 2019, 17:12 by Tom Hill

Burnley will be looking to ease their relegation fears when they head to the Vitality Stadium to take on Bournemouth on Saturday.

The Clarets are 17th in the table ahead of kick off and just five points separate them from the bottom three.

Neil Warnock's Cardiff City are now the only team that can catch Burnley, with Huddersfield Town and Fulham already relegated.

Burnley are still looking over their shoulder after a tough few weeks in the Premier League, with Dyche's side losing four of their last five.

However, they gave themselves a huge boost last weekend when beating Wolves 2-0 on home soil.

After getting a win under their belt, Burnley will also fancy their chances of causing Bournemouth a few problems. The Cherries are without a win in their last three at home and they are known to concede plenty of goals.

Bournemouth have scored 13 goals in their last six fixtures at home, while Burnley have netted six in five in recent weeks and it could be an entertaining game on the south coast.

Howe's troops have conceded seven goals in their last seven games at home and they have a number of defensive problems ahead of kick off.

Defender Adam Smith could be involved after recovering from a thigh strain, but Howe will still be without centre-back pair Steve Cook and Simon Francis.

Midfielders Andrew Surman and Lewis Cook are also unavailable, while Dyche has the chance to name the same side which began the 2-0 win against Wolves.

Striker Peter Crouch missed that match after an appendix operation and is still out, while Aaron Lennon and Steven Defour are also sidelined.

The Clarets have won three of the last five Premier League encounters, including the last meeting where they enjoyed a 4-0 success at Turf Moor.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom Hill offers a strong insight into football and rugby league, whilst also having a good knowledge of several other sports including boxing, horse racing and American Football.

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