Lennon targets Burnley impact

Aaron Lennon has promised the Burnley fans he still has plenty to offer after completing his move from Everton.

The former England winger has signed on at Turf Moor after finding himself surplus to requirements at Goodison Park following the £20m arrival of Theo Walcott from Arsenal.

Word of Lennon's move to Burnley first emerged on Friday and he has now completed his switch, bringing the curtain down on a three-year spell on Merseyside.

The move, which is for an undisclosed fee, was confirmed on Tuesday and the 30-year-old could make his debut in next Wednesday's trip to Newcastle.

Burnley are 11/4 to win the game, with the Magpies priced at 21/20 and the draw 11/5.

The Clarets currently sit eighth in the Premier League and Lennon's arrival could prove to be a real boost, having not won any of their last eight in all competitions.

Off-field issues hindered the Leeds-born star last season but he looked sharp when given a chance by the Toffees in recent months.

Lennon says Burnley was always his preferred option after being told he could leave Everton and he admits he is looking forward to helping the club rediscover their form.

"Burnley was the club I wanted to come to and I can't wait to get started," he told Clarets Player HD. "I'm looking forward to playing here.

"The club is moving forward and I want to hopefully play a part in that to keep it going in that direction.

"I think I’ve still got a lot to offer. I am only 30 and I still want to play at the highest level."

He added: "The team has done brilliant. There are 14 games to go and hopefully we can kick on and maintain a place in the top half, which would be brilliant for the football club."

It has been a good day for the Clarets, with boss Sean Dyche putting pen to paper on a new contract which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2022.

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Dyche coy on Lennon link

Sean Dyche is remaining tight-lipped about reports linking Everton winger Aaron Lennon with a move to Burnley.

Toffees boss Sam Allardyce decided not to include the former Tottenham star in his squad for Saturday's 1-1 draw against West Brom.

However, when asked about Lennon after the Clarets' 1-0 loss to Manchester United at Turf Moor, Dyche, would only say: "There are different situations that possibly could open up.

"I have always maintained I will talk about my players, there are players out there we have been linked with, and they are not my players.

"We've been linked with a lot of people, which always happens at this time of year, it's possibilities and probabilities."

Burnley's next game is not until their trip to Newcastle United on 31st January and, when asked if he expected to bring any players in this month, Dyche added: "Only if they fit the model that we work to. Only if they can affect the team.

"We are in a good situation as a club so we have to continue that and choose wisely."

Burnley are 12/5 to win at Newcastle and 21/10 to clinch a draw at St James' Park.

Dyche confirms Walters woe

Burnley boss Sean Dyche fears that veteran striker Jon Walters will not be able to return to action until mid-March.

The 34-year-old, who moved to Turf Moor from Stoke City in the summer, could be sidelined for up to eight weeks after undergoing minor knee surgery,

Walters has only made three substitute appearances in the Premier League for the Clarets this season.
 
"Jon Walters has had a minor tidy-up in his knee," Dyche said ahead of Saturday's Premier League game against second-placed Manchester United, which Burnley are 13/2 to win.

"There was a very small split in the cartilage. It was annoying him, so the decision was made, from himself as well, because he's old and wise enough, to get that tidied up.

"At his age he knows when it's right or wrong, so he and the surgeon decided it was best to do it."

Dyche will also be without injured duo Chris Wood and Stephen Ward this weekend but Scott Arfield could return after missing two games with a hamstring problem.

Burnley, without a victory in six league games, are 29/10 to draw with United at Turf Moor and 1/8 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table this term.

Hodgson still focused on survival

Roy Hodgson insists he and his Crystal Palace players will be delighted to end the Premier League season having managed to avoid relegation to The Championship.

Having started the season with seven consecutive league defeats, the Eagles looked almost certain to drop out of the Premier League in May.

However, the arrival of Hodgson has sparked an amazing turnaround in fortunes, with Palace having lost only once in their last 12 league games – their latest outing seeing them edge a valuable 1-0 win at home to Burnley.

Hodgson, though, is not about to get carried away, despite his side having risen to 12th place in the table and earned a five-point cushion above the drop zone.

He told reporters after a Bakary Sako goal was enough to down the Clarets: "It was a massive three points. At least now we can look at the league table for a week or two without shivers running down our spine.

"We are looking to survive and every three points is three points closer. Everyone at this club, fans, directors, coaches, we will be delighted if at the end of the season we are a point above the relegation zone. We will never waver from that.

"Today the three points was everything and we got them."

Next up for Palace is a short trip to the Emirates Stadium next Saturday to take on capital rivals Arsenal.

The Eagles have only won once at Arsenal in the Premier League era, that a 2-1 success in October 1994, with John Salako scoring both Palace goals.

Hodgson's men are 17/4 to earn a draw against the Gunners, with a 1-1 final scoreline priced at 10/1, while Palace are 25/1 to secure a 1-0 victory.

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Mee confident of Clarets revival

Burnley defender Ben Mee says that he is not concerned by the team's winless run and is looking forward to the second half of the season.

The Clarets have not won in six matches, their latest defeat being at Manchester City in the FA Cup last weekend.

They have lost their two recent home games, against Tottenham and Liverpool but have picked up points away in the league, at Brighton, Manchester United and Huddersfield.

The winless run has not affected their league position, they remain seventh and, with a trip to Crystal Palace to come in the league on Saturday, Mee sees no reason to panic.

He told the club's official website: "It's a big second half of the season for ourselves, to see where we can take the club. It's going to be exciting times.

"We haven't picked up a win, but we've been to Old Trafford and drawn, we've played against a tough Tottenham side who were very good, and we got a good away draw at Huddersfield as well.

"The stats might say no wins in six, but we've got three draws out of that and it's not all doom and gloom.

"We are looking forward. We've got some good games coming up and ones we feel we can win."

Burnley are 3/1 to win on Saturday; Palace, who have enjoyed a revival under Roy Hodgson to climb out of the bottom three are 1/1 with the draw priced at 11/5.

It doesn't get any easier for the Clarets following Saturday's match with both Manchester clubs visiting Turf Moor sandwiched between an away game at Newcastle.

The Clarets are 1/10 to finish the season in the top half of the table.

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Dyche eager to improve in January

Burnley boss Sean Dyche says money has been made available to him to spend in January as he looks to improve his high-flying squad.

The Clarets have been one of the success stories of the season so far and are currently sat in seventh place with only the Premier League's big six clubs ahead of them.

Dyche's men are firmly on course to achieve their pre-season aim of preserving their Premier League status and could be forgiven for setting their sights a higher at this point with a European finish not out of the question, with the Lancashire outfit 33/1 to end up in the top six.

If they are to maintain their current position then Dyche feels he needs reinforcements during this month's transfer window.

However, the Burnley chief concedes it is a tough time of the year to do business, while his budget is significantly smaller than some of the clubs he is competing with.

"There's an appropriate amount but January's tough. We're open minded. We've looked at a few things but it's all about availability," said Dyche.

"We were around the £4-6m profit margin in the summer, for player trading, so the health in our finances is good.

"The chairman gives me a good amount to work with, but within the reality of Burnley Football Club."

One area Dyche is unlikely to look to strengthen is in defence, his backline having been breached just 19 times in the Premier League this season.

James Tarkowski has played a big part in Burnley's strong defensive performances and he was rewarded with a contract extension on Thursday, signing on until the summer of 2022.

"We felt it appropriate to offer a new deal on two levels," said Dyche. "He's done well in the Premier League and his contract was out of sync."

Burnley face Manchester City this weekend in the third round of the FA Cup with the Clarets 16/1 to pick up the win. City are 1/6 and the draw is 8/1.

Wagner claims Terries on track

Huddersfield boss David Wagner claims that the Terriers are "on track" to ensure Premier League survival though he wants an improvement in 2018.

Town brought the curtain down on a memorable year for the club with a 0-0 draw at home to Burnley, a result that keeps them mid-table in the league.

They have 24 points so far, six clear of the bottom three, but it is a congested bottom half of the table and, with Swansea winning on Saturday and Crystal Palace ending Manchester City's long winning run, Wagner knows they will have to improve further to ensure they stay clear of relegation worries.

He told Sky Sports: "It's all about survival. This chapter we started with the first game of the Premier League, I think we are on track, not more.

"We know we have to improve. We're on a good starting point to achieve our target, to survive in the Premier League, not more, not less. Anything else is totally irrelevant."

The goalless draw at home to Burnley continued the Terriers good end to 2017; they have suffered just one defeat in six league games but they were fortunate against the Clarets with Sean Dyche's team having the better chances to win the game.

Burnley, even more of a surprise package this season, start 2018 seventh in the Premier League table.

The team in eighth, Leicester are the next opponents for Huddersfield with Wagner taking his team to the King Power Stadium on Monday.

Town are 5/1 for an away win with Leicester 4/6 and the draw 14/5. Aaron Mooy is 11/2 to score at any time against the Foxes.

They then switch their attentions to the FA Cup with the third round taking place next weekend, Town drawn away to Championship side Bolton.

Town are 100/1 to win the FA Cup.

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New Year, Old Foes: It’s Time for Premier League Betting!

A hectic week awaits sports betting fans in the Premier League, and it’s bound to get more exciting as Liverpool, Leicester and Tottenham aim to settle matters against clubs they failed to beat in the first half of the season.

All three will look to start the year right and give their European dreams a boost; however, although betting odds favour them to bag the win, it’s easier said than done.

Burnley vs Liverpool (January 1, 23:00 GMT+8)

Unbeaten for more than two months now and coming off back-to-back victories with seven goals to boast, Liverpool are looking good and bound for a top-four finish.

Burnley, however, should be able to at least slow down the Reds’ attack, just like how they did it the first time they met this season. After all, the Clarets have only lost once in six and managed to keep four clean sheets in the process.

I like the chances of Liverpool winning, though I don’t think it will be as high-scoring as their previous games especially with Mo Salah an injury doubt for the Reds. Hence, for a 🌟🌟 bet, go for Goals Under 2.50 @ 2.05.

Leicester City vs Huddersfield Town (January 1, 23:00 GMT+8)

There’s no doubt Claude Puel has brought a much-needed stability at Leicester since taking over the club, but he will surely want to take the win here to end their winless run of four in the competition.

They host the Terriers who don’t have much to boast offensively, having scored only 18 goals in 21 matches, though it should be noted this is David Wagner’s team that haven’t lost in their last four and held Burnley to a goalless draw during the weekend.

I expect a fierce fight at King Power Stadium; nonetheless, I believe the Foxes can exploit Huddersfield’s poor away form to dictate the pace of the game. With that said, for a 🌟🌟🌟 bet, I’m plumping for Leicester to have a hot start and beat a First Half Asian Handicap -0.50 @ 2.33.

Swansea City vs Tottenham Hotspur (January 3, 03:45 GMT+8)

Really, who’s stopping Spurs from marching to another victory?

The Swans are in high spirits after beating Watford in Carlos Carvalhal’s first game in charge, and they will be confident in this fixture knowing that they already held Tottenham to a 0-0 stalemate last September.

However, with a set of fresh legs after a week off since their Boxing Day victory, Spurs are well poised to reign supreme.

News of Harry Kane possibly missing this game due to a cold is undoubtedly a concern, but should the England goal machine sit out, it’s just a chance for the Spurs to prove they are not a one-man team.

Both clubs have the motivation to earn all three points, though I think Tottenham’s current form gives them the edge. If you’re punting, another 🌟🌟 bet for me is Spurs First Half Asian Handicap -0.75 @ 2.09.

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Salah knock a concern for Klopp

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp is hoping that an injury to leading scorer Mohamed Salah, sustained against Leicester City, proves not to be too serious.

The Egypt international forward, who has been in outstanding from since his £34million summer arrival from AS Roma, was forced late on in the 2-1 win over Leicester, having scored both Reds' goals against the Foxes.

The issue appeared to be a leg problem, with Klopp now waiting anxiously to discover the exact nature of the injury to Salah.

He told reporters: "We have to see what his problem was. We will see what he can do for the next game.

"I don't know in this moment exactly (what the problem is), but he was limping. That's never a good sign.

"We have to check it. We tried to make a change as quick as possible and of course that is not too good."

Salah has now netted 17 Premier League goals in 21 appearances for the Merseysiders, while also contributing six goals in eight outings in the Champions League.

The former Chelsea winger currently trails Tottenham's Harry Kane by one goal in the Premier League goalscoring charts and is available at 4/1 to finish the season as top scorer, with Kane priced at 1/2.

Liverpool, who could be without Salah, are back in action on New Year's Day when they make the short trip to Turf Moor to take on Burnley.

Last season this fixture ended in a 2-0 win for the Clarets, while this time around the visitors are 1/2 to claim victory and 11/10 to keep a clean sheet.

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This Exciting Match Is Really A Christmas Tradition

Manchester United vs Burnley

This fixture is between two of the great clubs of English football.

The global institution that are Manchester United and the proud founder members of the English Football League, the Lancastrian club which gave us their Academy and a pioneering figure in former chairman Bob Lord.

Football games between these two are always ones for the traditionalists and that they meet on Boxing Day – another English football tradition – is most fitting.

Of course, betting odds will favour the hosts who have much greater resources at their disposal.

Still, sports betting fans know that the resilience and spirit Burnley have shown under manager Sean Dyche have been mightily impressive. So impressive the Clarets travel to Old Trafford in seventh place in the table.

Indeed, their discipline and organisation at times have seen fans label Dyche as the ‘Ginger Mourinho’, the man he faces in the opposite dugout.

A low scoring affair could be expected, given the fact that Burnley have the third best defensive record away from home this season (nine goals shipped) – only runaway leaders Man City (five) and Chelsea (seven) have conceded fewer on their travels.

Both sides suffered injuries in the build-up with two Chrises – Chris Smalling for United and Chris Wood for Clarets – both in doubt after sustaining knocks at the weekend.

Despite a one-way traffic in which they faced 38 shots, Burnley frustrated United at Old Trafford in a goalless draw last season. Whether they can repeat that without suspended defender James Tarkowski is another matter.

United last lost to Burnley at home in 1962 but the Clarets have drawn five times at the Theatre of Dreams.
Will Christmas dreams come true for one of these clubs or is this destined to be another draw?

It’s a clash of the city slickers versus the town folk, yet in many aspects, they share the same principles.

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