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Pesky Burnley twice levels in draw at Aston Villa

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Chris Wood‘s late header gave Burnley its second equalizer in a 2-2 draw at Aston Villa on Saturday at Villa Park.

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Villa outshot the Clarets, had 60 percent of the ball, and passed it well, too, but Burnley dealt with Dean Smith‘s tactics of sending 27 crosses into the fray.

Jay Rodriguez scored Burnley’s other goal, with Sean Dyche‘s club up to 10th with nine points, while John McGinn and Anwar El Ghazi struck as Villa collected a point to sit 18th with five points.


Three things we learned

1. Fine margins again for Villa: Dean Smith’s men have out-performed their meager point total, as Villa’s five points are still Bottom Three. While the late disappointment against Crystal Palace as not their fault, this one was self-inflicted as the Villans lost sight of giant Chris Wood, who might as well have “This is our tactical approach” pressed onto his name plate. Not okay.

2. Dyche’s men never quit: Okay, we knew this. Everyone knows this, but Sean Dyche’s men make you look foolish every time you’re ready to doom Burnley into a relegation race. You keep thinking their Fortune will run out, that graft won’t win the day, and then Wood somehow powers his way to a late equalizer. The Clarets won’t tempt a European place this season, but we’d be silly to think of them as anything other than safe. Sorry in advance for the jinx, Burnley faithful.

3. Burnley’s backs bail out everyone else: Besides Wood’s finish, which didn’t exactly cap an outstanding day, the Clarets again put their back line under the gun. Keeping James Tarkowski is proving to be an outstanding bit of non-business for Burnley, who also got good performances out of fullbacks Matt Lowton and Erik Pieters. Both had assists, including the ex-Villa man Lowton on Wood’s equalizer.

Man of the Match: John McGinn was denied the opening goal when Conor Hourihane was spotted offside by VAR, but the soon-to-be 25-year-old Scot wouldn’t stay off the score sheet in scooping up his third Premier League goal.


McGinn thought he had his third goal early, with Hourihane ruled offside by VAR, but Villa would find the lead when El Ghazi used a cute touch of a Frederic Guibert cross to make it 1-0.

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Rodriguez found the equalizer off an Erik Pieters’ cross, getting his first goal in the Premier League for Burnley. It was his 34th goal in the top flight.

McGinn got his goal to restore Villa’s lead with a straight-forward finish, but Wood powered down a header off Matthew Lowton‘s finish to deliver 2-2.

Man City edge past Burnley, go top of the table (video)

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  • Aguero scores winner
  • Man City go top of the table
  • 12-straight PL wins for City

Manchester City beat Burnley 1-0 at Turf Moor on Sunday to go back to the top of the Premier League table with two games to go.

Sergio Aguero’s goal in the second half, which was awarded via the goal-decision system, was the difference as the ball just crossed the line as Matt Lowton cleared. Small margins decide titles, and this was another huge moment in the season.

With the win City move to the top of the table on 92 points, as they sit one point clear of Liverpool. City know if they beat Leicester City at home and Brighton away in their final two games then they will win back-to-back titles. Burnley remain in 15th on 40 points.

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Burnley started the game brightly and had a huge chance to take the lead.

Wood was played in and was clean through on goal, but his poor first touch saw Ederson rush out and bravely collect the ball. A massive chance came and went for the hosts.

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Man City were sloppy in the first half but Tom Heaton had to save from Bernardo Silva as the reigning champs started to wake up.

As the first half played out, City started to grind through the gears and Burnley just couldn’t get a foothold in the game.

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Wave after wave of City attack arrived in the second half, with Burnley throwing their bodies in front of the ball at every opportunity. Heaton denied Silva again in the second half as Burnley’s goalkeeper was in sensational form.

Pep Guardiola was then left fuming as Silva’s shot appeared to strike Ashley Barnes‘ arm in the box but no penalty kick was given, but soon after he was smiling.

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After another fluid City attack, the ball found its way to Aguero and he bundled his way towards goal before his shot was saved by Heaton… but the ball then crossed the line as Matt Lowton tried to cleared as the goal-decision system was used and awarded the goal.

Late on City came so close to scoring a second as Gabriel Jesus did superbly to get past several challenges but Ben Mee cleared heroically off the line to deny the Brazilian youngster.

John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi came on to help see out the win late on, as City’s players and fans celebrated at the final whistle.

Premier League preview: Brighton v. Burnley

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  • Burnley has never lost a top-flight match to Brighton
  • Brighton has not at home to a PL side outside the top 4 this season
  • Burnley ended a 67-match PL penalty-less streak last time out

A critical relegation battle takes place at Falmer Stadium on Saturday as Burnley travels to Brighton & Hove Albion at 12:30 p.m. ET live on NBCSN or live online at NBCSports.com.

Burnley sits in 17th position, just two points and one place above the relegation zone. Brighton is in a safer position, sitting 13th but just three above Burnley in a tight bottom third of the table. The Seagulls started the season brightly, but have not won in league play in 2019, leaving them vulnerable as the teams at the bottom battle for points.

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The hosts will be without striker Florin Andone, who was suspended three matches for violent conduct after throwing a wayward elbow in the 0-0 draw with Watford last time out. Dale Stephens also left the Watford match with a hip problem and is questionable for this weekend, but Jose Izquierdo is reportedly out despite having returned to training from a knee injury.

For Burnley, Steven Defour nears a return from a calf injury that has cost him over two months of this season, but this weekend appears too soon for his return. Matt Lowton has a slightly fractured toe, but will still give this match a try, while defenders Matt Lowton and Kevin Long are looking more likely to play after returning to training. The Clarets are on a good run of form, unbeaten in their last six, coinciding with the return of Tom Heaton in goal who has helped hold opponents to just five goals in that span.

What they’re saying

Burnley manager Sean Dyche on Brighton: “They’re on a tough run and they’ll be wanting to correct that, for sure. We’re on a good run, we’ll be wanting to continue that. It makes for another good game.”

Brighton striker Glenn Murray on poor run of form: “We are absolutely fine behind closed doors, no matter what people are saying. We feel confident. We are happy with the way we are playing. We felt as though we dominated the game on Saturday at home to Watford in the Premier League. Again [Wednesday in the FA Cup] we felt as though we put a good display on and won the game.”

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Prediction

Brighton comes into this match in poor form, and Burnley needs the game more. With the Clarets’ good results of late, they have something to build on, and pulling themselves further away from the relegation scrap is a motivation that can have the team truly rearing to go. Burnley grabs a valuable road win in a hard-fought 1-0 victory.

West Brom 1-2 Burnley: Clarets battle to victory

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  • Barnes scores for fourth-straight game
  • Burnley two points behind 6th place Arsenal
  • 1 win in 30 games for West Brom

Burnley continued their record-breaking season as they beat West Brom 2-1 at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

A goal in each half from Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood did the damage, with Salomon Rondon’s late goal setting up a tense finish.

With the win Burnley remain in seventh place on 46 points, while West Brom stay bottom of the table.

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Early on Burnley put West Brom under plenty of pressure as there was an air of acceptance at the Hawthorns with the Baggies rock bottom of the table.

Still, at least they soon had an outstanding goal to celebrate.

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Aaron Lennon crossed from the right and the ball looked to be over Barnes’ head but the in-form Burnley striker hooked home a fabulous acrobatic finish to make it 1-0 to the Clarets.

Before the break Salomon Rondon forced Nick Pope into a good save down low after a cross from the left as the Baggies hung in there despite being second best.

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West Brom improved after the break as Ahmed Hegazi broke free on the left flank and his cross was punched clear by Pope.

Despite their improvement after the break it was the same old story for West Brom. Matt Lowton played in Wood and at the second attempt the former West Brom striker nodded home to make it 2-0.

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It looked like that was it but West Brom, to their credit, kept going and Rondon slammed home to make it 2-1. Jake Livermore then almost made it 2-2 as the ball bounced around in the box but West Brom couldn’t bundle home an equalizer.

Burnley 2-1 Everton: Comeback Clarets

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  • Wood heads home late winner
  • Everton took lead through Tosun
  • First win in 12 PL games for Burnley
  • Just 1 away win in 23 games for Everton

Burnley came from behind to beat 10-man Everton 2-1 at Turf Moor on Saturday, with Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood grabbing second half goals after Cenk Tosun gave Everton an early lead.

It marked the first time Burnley have come from behind to win a Premier League game under Sean Dyche.

The Clarets dominated large spells of the game but Sam Allardyce‘s side had plenty of chances to score and were made to pay for their lack of composure in front of goal. To add insult to injury Ashley Williams was sent off late on for elbowing Barnes in the face.

With the win Burnley solidify their spot in seventh and have 38 points, while Everton remain in ninth on 35 points after three defeats in their last four games.

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Burnley had plenty of joy out wide early on but it was Everton who had the first big chance of the game. After the  ball was cut back from the left, Walcott fired well over with the goal gaping as his teammate Tom Davies seemed to get in his way.

At the other end Jack Cork blazed over and Johan Berg Gudmundsson’s cross caused Jordan Pickford to palm it away, but then Everton hit the Clarets with the opener.

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Walcott’s cross from the right was flicked on by Seamus Coleman and Tosun nodded home his first Everton goal following his big money move from Besiktas in January.

Before the break the game opened as Burnley searched for an equalizer with Pickford brilliantly denying Ashley Barnes’ header, while Everton were dangerous on the break as Nick Pope denied Walcott.

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In the second half Burnley kept up the pressure as Pickford denied Lennon, then stopping Ben Mee‘s header with another fine stop. The equalizer finally arrived for Burnley as Matt Lowton‘s fantastic ball caught out Michael Keane and Barnes raced in on goal before beating Pickford at his near post after poor positioning. 1-1.

Burnley went close to a winner soon after as Gudmundsson’s cross deflected just wide of onrushing attackers, while Everton introduced Wayne Rooney off the bench to try and go ahead for a second time.

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At the other end Barnes almost scored a carbon copy of his first goal but Pickford got his angles right to deny the English striker, while Oumar Niasse blazed over with Everton dangerous late in the game on the break.

Gylfi Sigurdsson showed fine composure in the box to set up a chance but the Icelandic playmaker pushed his shot just wide of the far post and Everton were made to pay for that.

A corner from the left found Wood at the back post and the sub headed home from close range to seal a first win in 12 for Burnley. Late on Williams was shown a straight red card for elbowing Barnes in the face as he waited for a free kick to compound Everton’s misery.