Defeat at Arsenal condemned Burnley to begin the second quarter of their Premier League secondment still in search of a first win of the campaign.
Discussion as to whether Chelsea, unbeaten at the other end of table, can emulate Arsenal’s 2003/04 vintage in going through the season unbeaten has been rife.
However, not until now has the question of whether the Turf Moor tenants might remain winless throughout the entire campaign been mooted.
The bwin layers offer a damning assessment of just 14/1 that not one of the Clarets’ 38 Premier League fixtures will yield the succour of victory.
If that wasn’t harsh enough, the same odds gurus offer 13/2 about Jose Mourinho’s men avoiding defeat all term – and that’s been done before!
When it comes to the most woeful Premier League campaigns in recent memory, Derby County’s very nearly unremittingly bleak 2007/08 season stands out.
The Rams’ 11-point haul is the lowest total recorded in the Football League since three points for a win was introduced and it contained a solitary success.
Ominously for Burnley Billy Davies had guided County to their sole win of their 42 outings in 2007/08 before the end of September.
Sean Dyche will not be able to count upon similar residual levels of ‘unknown quantity’ about his side as we enter November.
However, at first glance a comparison of their respective averages suggests the Lancashire side are keeping their heads above water better than Derby did.
‘Pride’ Park’s denizens accumulated 0.29 points per game during their annus horribilis, shipping a mean 2.34 times, while scoring 0.53 goals an outing.
The Clarets are picking up 0.44 points per game in 2014/15, conceding a more miserly average of 1.78 strikes and scoring 0.56 times.
Sadly the virtual parity of their respective goals-for totals with that of Derby’s Robert Earnshaw/Kenny Miller-fronted vanguard suggests that winning will remain a problem.
Meanwhile, as Dyche has manipulated his side in search of more goals in recent matches their concession rate has spiralled to three an outing.