Burnley travel to the Vitality Stadium to face Bournemouth on Saturday, and the Clarets will be full of confidence after an impressive 2-0 victory at home to Wolves in their last match. 

That win put an end to a run of four consecutive defeats, as well as lifting them five points clear of 18th placed Cardiff City, who lost their game in hand 2-0 away to Manchester City on Wednesday night. 

Ahead of Saturday’s clash, here is a look at the best available Burnley lineup that Sean Dyche has at his disposal.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders


Tom Heaton (GK) – Burnley’s man between the sticks will be hoping to keep back-to-back Premier League clean sheets for the first time this season, which is a surprising statistic given that Burnley pride themselves on being hard to break down. 

Phil Bardsley (RB) – Bardsley must be careful in the challenge against Bournemouth as he is one yellow card away from suspension after picking up nine yellow cards so far this season. Burnley cannot afford to lose any members of their squad at such a key point in the campaign, something Bardsley will be well aware of. 

Ben Mee (CB) – In tandem with centre back partner James Tarkowski, Mee will have to be at the top of his game if Burnley are to take anything away from their game against a free-flowing Bournemouth side, who pose a serious attacking threat. 

James Tarkowski (CB) – Tarkowski will be hoping to close out the season with a string of impressive performances because, although he has featured for England, he must do more to force his way into Gareth Southgate’s future plans for the Three Lions. 

Charlie Taylor (LB) – Taylor could be in for a tricky afternoon against the unpredictable yet menacing Junior Stanislas who may not be the most consistent of performers but can turn a game with flashes of brilliance. 

2. Midfielders

Dwight McNeil,Chris Wood

Jeff Hendrick (RM) – Hendrick’s versatility is something which has undoubtedly helped Burnley to adapt when required in games. Though Dyche prefers to set up with a conventional 4-4-2, Hendrick’s ability to play centrally and out wide means he is a key player for the Clarets. 

Ashley Westwood (CM) – Westwood is nearing 200 Premier League appearances and his ability to keep things calm and simple in midfield makes him the type of player many top-flight managers of smaller clubs would love to work with. 

Jack Cork (CM) – A player who was on the books at Chelsea’s youth academy, Cork also made seven appearances for Bournemouth in the 2006/07 season. He has found a home at Burnley, becoming an ever-present member of the squad at Turf Moor. 

Dwight McNeil (LM) – The 19-year-old could not have dreamt of having a better four weeks. After being called up to the England Under-20 squad, McNeil rounded off the month by scoring his first Premier League goal for the Clarets in their win over Wolves.  

3. Forwards


Chris Wood (ST) – A member of New Zealand’s All Whites who went undefeated at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Wood has developed a handy partnership up front with Ashley Barnes that could be pivotal at a stage in the season where every point counts.  

Ashley Barnes (ST) – Barnes is a real goal-scoring threat who posed Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk plenty of problems at Anfield last month. As such, Bournemouth cannot afford to switch off for a second at the back or they will be punished. 


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