They’re winless, incapable of scoring and were pummelled 4-0 by West Brom – Burnley are nailed on for relegation, right?
After six games the Clarets are stationed where every pre-season punter expected to see them, at the bottom of the league and looking completely out of their depth.
The odds aficionados at bwin.com are inclined to agree, going 29/100 about Sean Dyche’s men being dismissed back from whence they came after just one season in the Premier League.
Those to have invested in the opposite needn’t shed any tears though, for there’s plenty of time for Burnley to salvage their season, which is what makes their 12/5 to stay afloat such an attractive price.
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Stake this on Burnley beating the drop to cop a £72 profit if they haven’t had their top-tier membership revoked after 38 games.
Looking at the drubbing they endured at the Hawthorns, it’s easy to draw gloomy conclusions for the Turf Moor outfit, but the four strikes they shipped against the Baggies were the first they’d given up in three straight league outings.
The weapons for massacring defences crammed into the Manchester United frontline were unable to breach the Clarets’ rearguard on this frugal streak and if they’re stern enough to stymie one of the strongest attacks in the business, staying up is a distinct possibility.
Crystal Palace will attest to the notion that all that’s required to dodge relegation is a competent defence and it would be unfair to categorise the Burnley back four as useless on the back of an off day at West Brom.
Compare this Clarets side with their Eagles equivalents who remained buoyant last term and there’s not a great deal of difference in quality, yet the Croydon club defied the drop by a margin of 12 points.
Replicating Palace’s defensive blueprint will be key to the Lancastrians’ prospective survival hopes and if they can do it, bridging the current two-point gap out of the bottom three should be a piece of cake.